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Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks: Preseason Game 2 Open Thread

Hey, Linval.
Hey, Linval.
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Date: 18 August 2017
Location: Seattle, WA
Time: 9:00 PM Central Stadium: Centurylink Field
TV: KMSP-9 (Twin Cities)
NFL Network
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 88 (SEA)
Sirius Ch 93
TV Announcers: Paul Allen
Pete Bercich
Know Thy Foe: Field Gulls
Weather: 70 degrees, winds from NW at 5-10 MPH, 30% chance of rain
Line: If you're betting on preseason football, please click here.
Chris' Prediction: As long as nobody gets hurt, who cares?
Final Score: Seahawks 20, Vikings 13

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For the second week in a row, and the final time until Week 2 of the regular season, the Minnesota Vikings take to the road for NFL action. This week, it's the second game of the preseason as the purple take on the Seattle Seahawks. This is the only NFL exhibition game of the day, so hopefully the Vikings can put on a decent showing when there are plenty of eyes upon them.

So, what are we looking for tonight?

1) No injuries - Hey, this is still the preseason, so this is by far the most important thing.

2) Let's get the ball past. . .I don't know. . .midfield - The #1 offense didn't look particularly impressive last week against Buffalo, producing three punts on three drives. The Vikings might be without both Riley Reiff and Alex Boone on the offensive line this evening, so we'll have to see if their replacements can do a better job of opening things up in the run game and allowing Sam Bradford to take some shots down the field.

3) Who will take the tackle job? - There aren't many spots on the Vikings' defense that might be considered "up for grabs," but the opportunity to start at defensive tackle next to Linval Joseph is one of them. Sebastian Thunderbucket Tom Johnson appears to be the leader in the clubhouse right now, but guys like Datone Jones and rookie Jaleel Johnson could still play their way into the discussion, too. It's incumbent on one of those players to seize their opportunity starting this evening.

This one's got a late start for those of you watching from back in God's country (one of the few advantages to being on the West Coast). We hope that you'll be able to track all the action with us this evening from Seattle and hope that our favorite team escapes from this one unscathed.