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Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 18 December 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
WCCO-4 (Twin Cities)
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 231
Sirius Ch 113
TV Announcers: Kevin Harlan
Rich Gannon
Know Thy Foe: Stampede Blue
Weather: Indoors, because the game is at U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
Line: Minnesota -5, Over/Under 45.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 24, Colts 17
Final Score: Colts 34, Vikings 6 (ha ha oops!)

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For the second week in a row, the Minnesota Vikings need to get themselves a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. They'll return to U.S. Bank Stadium for this one, as they'll host the Indianapolis Colts and look to sweep their interconference games against the AFC South for this season.

What do the Vikings need to do today to keep themselves alive?

1) Convert in the red zone - Last week against Jacksonville, the Vikings moved the ball between the 20s with ease, but then got in the red zone and either settled for field goals or didn't score at all. The return of Adrian Peterson will (hopefully) help out with that, as he's got to be looking for an opportunity to get the ball into the end zone in his return from knee problems. Regardless of how they do it, though, the Vikings can't continue to settle for three, particularly against a team like the Colts.

2) Be smart against Andrew Luck - The Colts could, potentially, be starting three rookies on their offensive line this afternoon. That means the Minnesota front seven should be able to put some serious pressure on Andrew Luck, but they have to be smart about it. Luck isn't a running quarterback by any means, but he has enough mobility to get out of the pocket and do some damage if he's given the opportunity. The Vikings' pass rush needs to keep him contained and let the secondary lock down the Colts' receiving corps.

3) Get things going quickly - The Vikings, for the most part, have been very good at home this year, and the Colts are reeling after a loss last week and have their season teetering on the brink. If the Vikings can get off to a fast start and get the home crowd heavily involved, they could make it a long afternoon for Indianapolis.

We're less than an hour away from kickoff at U.S. Bank Stadium, ladies and gentlemen. We'll have a new Open Thread at the start of every quarter, so be sure to keep your eyes open for that. Enjoy the game, ladies and gentlemen, and hopefully we can all meet afterwards to talk about the Vikings' second straight victory.