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Vikings at Saints Preseason 2019: Key Information and First Half Discussion

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Ladies and gentlemen. . .we made it!

Minnesota Vikings players and coaches took part in training camp at the TCO Performance Center.
LACES OUT, BEEBE!
Photo by Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via Getty Images

WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT AFTER ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

Yes, my friends, after a long, dark eight months without Minnesota Vikings football, the boys in purple are finally back out on the field. Tonight marks the first of the team’s four preseason contest, as they head to The Big Easy to do battle with the New Orleans Saints.

Like we did for the preseason last year, we’ll be doing an Discussion Thread for each half of this game rather than doing one for each quarter. Hey, it’s the preseason for us, too, so we’re going to ease into it a bit. So, let’s get everyone all the important info that they need for this one.

Time: Friday, 9 August, 7:00 PM Central time (NFL Network replay starting at 10:00 PM Central)

Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Television Coverage: KMSP-9 in the Twin Cities area, and numerous other local affiliates across the land that you can see right here

Radio Coverage: KFAN-FM 100.3 is the flagship station for the Vikings Radio Network. You can also find this one on Channel 78 on either your Sirius or XM Satellite Radio, or on Channel 819 on the SiriusXM app.

Line: The best line I can give you is “don’t bet on preseason football.” Seriously.

Prediction: I don’t care, and if you’re being honest with yourself you don’t care either.

Three keys

1) No significant injuries - Just like last year, this will be the #1 key for all four preseason contests. This is, really, the thing that matters the most, so hopefully our team can get through these games unscathed.

2) How’s the offensive line look? - Yes, the starting offensive line isn’t going to get more than a series or two tonight, but it’s still exciting to see the new-look Minnesota Moving Company (™ Paul Allen). There’s also going to be some pretty nice competition for the backup spots along the offensive line, so we’ll see what kind of effect the Denver Mafia has had on things thus far.

3) Who’s going to make a move? - There aren’t a lot of starting spots up for grabs on this Vikings team, so these preseason games are going to be all about which players make a name for themselves and start staking claims for backup spots. There are going to be a lot of hungry young players out on that field wearing purple tonight trying to fulfill their dreams, and we’ll get to see it all develop first-hand.

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Enjoy the first half, everybody! We’ll get the Second Half Discussion thread up during halftime, so keep an eye out for it. And, for the first time this year. . .

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!