Alright, first things first: our absence… Adam and I sincerely apologize for not having more updates recently here at Vikings Territory. Adam, as most of you probably know, is in the process of hauling his entire life (and family – which includes his newly born daughter) across the map. I on the other hand have been somewhat out of the loop because I’ve been dealing with some family issues. I told Adam I would do the best I could to keep the site updated with fresh content during his move… Unfortunately, some things came up that also required me to travel. Coincidentally, I am currently in Minnesota. What makes things even more frustrating is that I will literally be a few miles from from Mall of America Field as the Vikings kick off the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars and unable to attend the game. Do not fear, though, because I WILL be watching from somewhere else surrounded by ecstatic purple enthusiasts.

So, with all that being said, we are incredibly excited about this season and the things we have planned here at Vikings Territory during the year. Our lives should be back to normal soon which means consistent, new content. We thank you for your understanding as well as keeping the site pumping with some good conversation through comments.

Now, let’s get to the game.

I’m sure most of you have heard the story lines heading into today’s game. Two quarterbacks in their sophomore year, drafted very close to each other in the 2011 draft; both trying to show that they have made developments during the offseason and are capable of being the future of their respective franchise. Two running backs who were out a majority of the offseason (for their own very different reasons) potentially getting limited playing time. Those are definitely things everyone will be watching.

What I’ll specifically be looking for in the season opener is a little more general though.

Improvement.

Much has been said about the effort this team has made during the offseason to improve on multiple fronts. About how this is a very new,  young, raw team that has great potential but very little experience. About how this team is a better team at multiple positions. Personally, I’ve made a big to do about how this team can be much better than people expect and even has the potential to surprise some this year and maybe finish on the better side of .500 (slightly…).

I’ll be looking for improvement.

And, really, that’s all you can ask for at the beginning of a fresh new season. “Is this team going to be better than it was last year?”

I wholeheartedly believe that that answer is “yes” and I cannot simply wait until 12:00pm tomorrow to see it.

The season has officially begun. And even if the outcome of today’s game isn’t what we want it to be, I can still find comfort in knowing that there are 15 more opportunities soon to follow because it is football season.

I hope everyone enjoys the game. There will not be a live chat because of me and Adam’s situations. But, expect them the rest of the games this year. Please feel free to use the comments section of this post as a makeshift chat discussion during the contest.

Skol Vikings!