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San Diego Chargers at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 27 September 2015
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
DirecTV Ch 707
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 230
Sirius Ch 121
TV Announcers: Ian Eagle
Dan Fouts
Know Thy Foe: Bolts from the Blue
Weather: 72 degrees, winds from the S at 10-15 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: Minnesota -2, Over/Under 45.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds Page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 23, Chargers 20
Final Score: Vikings 31, Chargers 14

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We're almost ready for Week 3 of NFL action, as the Minnesota Vikings will play host to the San Diego Chargers at TCF Bank Stadium. By the end of the day today, one of these two teams. . .in all likelihood. . .defeated a team that is not the Detroit Lions. San Diego beat Detroit in Week 1 before losing to Cincinnati in Week 2, while the Vikings beat the Lions last week following their Week 1 clunker by the bay.

So, what does our favorite football team need to do in order to move to 2-1 on this young season?

1) Keep feeding Adrian Peterson - What we saw last week from #28 is what Vikings fans were hoping to see this season, as he carried the ball 29 times for 134 yards in last week's victory. Even though quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has a ton of promise and potential, this offense needs to continue to center around Peterson. . .for now. . .if this team wants to be successful. The San Diego defense gave up a lot of rushing yards to Cincinnati last week, and I think we can expect to see another heavy dose of Peterson this afternoon.

2) Get after Philip Rivers - Rivers has been in the league for a long time, and has the knowledge, the ability, and the weapons to be a dangerous quarterback if he's given time. However, the Chargers' offensive line is seriously depleted, and the Minnesota front seven needs to be prepared to take advantage of that. The Vikings made last Sunday an absolute nightmare for Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, and with the issues the Chargers' offensive line is going through, they need to apply that kind of pressure to Rivers this afternoon.

3) Hang on to the football - For all the positives from Peterson's game last week, is needs to be pointed out that he put the ball on the ground three times, even though only one resulted in a Minnesota turnover (a second one that would have been a turnover was negated by a penalty). Maybe it's rust, but he definitely needs to do a better job of securing the football. The Chargers are tied for the second-most giveaways in the NFL thus far. . .they've coughed it up six times in their first two games. (Three fumbles lost, three interceptions from Rivers.) On the other hand, Minnesota has only turned the ball over twice. If the Vikings can come out on top in the turnover battle in this one, their chances of coming out with a victory will increase dramatically.

We're a little less than an hour away from kickoff on what should be a beautiful Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium. Enjoy the game, ladies and gentlemen!