As was the case with the last preseason game, yours truly is not going to be able to see the game live as I’m too far out of the markets for it (and, literally, every NFL team is playing tonight, so none of the local channels are going to show it out here). I will, however, be listening to it on the SiriusXM Online app, and hey. . .this gives me an opportunity to watch the Minnesota Golden Gophers play their season opener, which is nice.
So, this Open Thread will (hopefully) be filled with folks that will actually be watching tonight’s contest and can provide some insight on the final audition that many of these players will have before final roster cuts on Saturday. Here is all of the information you need to know:
Time: Thursday, 30 August, 7:00 PM Central time
Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Television coverage: KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities, and a mess of other local stations that you can find right here.
Radio coverage: KFAN-FM 100.3 (along with other fine Vikings Radio Network affiliates), Sirius Channel 121, XM Channel 228 (Both Sirius and XM broadcasts will be the Titans feed), SiriusXM Online App Channel 819
Line: You know what? No. I’m not enabling you and your betting on postseason football. You’ve got a problem.*
(* - You probably don’t actually have a problem. But, seriously, don’t bet on preseason football, and especially not on the last preseason game.)
Prediction: Still don’t care
1) No significant injuries - Yes, most of the players that we’re seeing tonight aren’t going to be on the team in about 48 hours. Still, we don’t want to see anyone get hurt.
2) Is there a battle for QB2? - Trevor Siemian, for the most part, has looked pretty bad this preseason. Kyle Sloter, on the other hand, has not. It’s hard to fathom Sloter leapfrogging Siemian on the depth chart, but stranger things have happened. It will be interesting to see how the quarterback snaps are handled tonight.
3) Defensive depth - The starters for the Vikings are pretty well set, but there could still be some interesting battles to see who will serve as the backups. That’s the case at all three levels, as the fight for spots on the defensive line, in the linebacking corps, and in the secondary are all still ongoing. This is the last chance to make an impression. . .who will take advantage?
Know the Foe: Music City Miracles
Enjoy the first half, folks! We’ll have the second half Open Thread up during halftime, so keep your eyes open for that.