|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||P2||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS|
|Date:||18 August 2016 ||Location:||Seattle, WA|
|Time:||9:00 PM Central||Stadium:||CenturyLink Field|
|TV:||KMSP-9 (FOX)||Radio:|| Vikings Radio Network |
XM Ch 81
Sirius Ch 81
|TV Announcers:||Paul Allen |
|Know Thy Foe:||Field Gulls|
|Weather:||82 degrees, winds from the N at 10 MPH, 0% chance of precipitation|
|Line:||If you're betting on pre-season football, please click here.|
|Chris' Prediction:||As long as nobody gets hurt, who cares?|
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The final road trip of the 2016 preseason for the Minnesota Vikings will see them taking on the team that ended their 2015 postseason, the Seattle Seahawks. This should be a pretty good matchup for the Vikings to figure out where, exactly, they stand, as they take on a team that figures to be in the mix in the NFC once again this year.
So, what are we looking for tonight?
1) No Injuries - Yep, still the most important thing about preseason football. . .getting out injury-free.
2) You May Be Right (Tackle) - We knew that the starting right tackle job was Andre Smith's to lose going into Training Camp and the preseason. Depending on how much you read into practice sessions, it appears that he may have lost it (or be on the verge of losing it) to T.J. Clemmings. With the starters likely to see more time this evening than they did in the opener in Cincinnati, it will be interesting to see how the snaps with the first team at right tackle are divvied up between the two players. We're getting to the point where a starting group needs to be named, and that process has to start this evening in Seattle.
3) Get Off the Field - On the opening drive of the game in Cincinnati, the Vikings' defense allowed the Bengals to put together a massive 22-play drive. . .a drive that saw the Bengals convert six-of-seven times on third down. No matter who you're going up against, that's unacceptable. Mike Zimmer knows that the Vikings are going to have to do a better job of getting off the field on third downs, much like they did in the 2015 season. Against a team like the Seahawks, who have had their share of problems on the offensive line, they'll hopefully do a better job of doing just that this evening.
We're less than an hour away from kickoff, ladies and gentlemen. Kudos to those of you that are staying up late for this one and keeping an eye on our favorite football team.