The drought is over and Vikings football has arrived! The Houston Texans visit the Vikings at Mall of America field for the first preseason game of the 2013 season.

We will have our live chats set up here at VT once the regular season rolls around, but for now, an open thread during the game for commenting is the route we’ll take.

Yes, it’s just Preseason. Yes, the guys will just be knocking the rust off tonight. Yet, I’m smiling ear-to-ear because football is officially back.

Enjoy the game! Go Vikes!

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73 COMMENTS

  1. Nice return….Then Ponder throws a pick. Can’t see it, guess it went off Simpsons hands?

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  2. Ponder lead him a little too much but hard to say who that was on. Simpson definitely didn’t do him any favors. Was a timing route, so again, hard to say…

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  3. Defense looked good on that drive. Nice tackle and quickness off the line by Floyd for a 2 yard loss.

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  4. it sure is great to watch some vikings football again. we can have a really good year, just need good QB play

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  5. Cassel throws an interception after a nice throw to Patterson. Just a poor decision there. He’s had very happy feet so far.

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  6. Another stop by the D…Ballard with a sack. I’m anxious to see MBT, see if he shows some promise to go with that cannon.

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  7. Coverage was solid. Hopkins is very long. Hard to beat him on a jump ball there. No excuses, though.

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    • yeah, idk wth we’re gonna do if CP7 or cassel fail. draft and start over, i guess. god, i hate the thought of that, especially after seeing guys like kap and wilson last year

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    • I think Cassel has looked okay. He’s working with the second team offensive line so there has been a lot of pressure. Texans are steadily bringing the house too. Gotta work on those feet and settle down in the pocket.

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  8. Couple completions for MBT…gotta get that 3rd down. The new punter looks good, he’s a lefty…cool.

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  9. Watching Mauti…looks like he can play. Felder made a play there…dude needs a haircut, bad.

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  10. garbage time in the nfl preseason, but don’t wanna lose. the interviews are the best thing now

    nobody got hurt, so it’s all good

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  11. It looked likes toward the end that the Texans were playing harder than the Vikes though/

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  12. My biggest take from the game is that some of our 3rd year guys (the Burton’s, Ballard, Raymond) that have been on the bubble looked really good when compared to the 1st and 2nd year counterparts. It’s going to be pretty hard for the late round draft picks and UDFA’s to make this team with some of the late rounder’s from the previous two drafts showing that they have come a long ways. The drop off was really bad when the 3rd/4th teamers came in. My biggest surprise player is the OT Murphy. He played well tonight with the 2nd unit at the LT spot, so he’s definitely one to watch going forward in these next three games.

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    • mauti could make it. i’ll remember not seeing ponder throw an int on his second play and sitting, then looking nervous on the bench for the rest of the game. qb purgatory

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      • Can’t say I agree with Ponder only playing one series. He hasn’t reached the level where he should be getting the one series and done treatment. He was pressured on the pick, which threw off the timing, and Simpson did not do him any favors by popping the ball up in the air…but, I would like to see the QB step into the hit instead of rushing the throw to avoid it. Maybe he does it tonight because it’s a meaningless pre-season game, but I don’t recall seeing him step into a hit at any time in the last 2 years to deliver a ball on time. He seems to rush or drift when the pressure comes and it was disappointing to see him repeat that habit on the 2nd play of his 3rd season.

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        • I agree Dan. I would have liked to see him play more. This is when if you are going to make mistakes then you make them and learn from them during the preseason when it doesn’t count.

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        • Yeah I do not know how they expect a QB to get in a rhythm and build chemistry with his WRs when he only plays a couple of plays.

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        • ponder should’ve gotten at least another series. paul allen asked spielman why so little time for ponder, but that was the plan, one series, i guess. ponder’s not the seasoned veteran, he needs to play to get better. i’ll chalk it up to giving the time to the back ups for now so the coaches can make decisions. cuts gotta be made

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          • One does have to ask though how is he (Ponder) supposed to get more familiar with his new WR’s if they don’t give him a chance to. I understand about seeing the backups but this is a new WR corps this year and they need to get reps.

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  13. Maybe that’s the reason for the limited play – the timing thing needs more work on the practice field. Weeks 2 and 3 will likely look much different. I never liked PS game one being at home.

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  14. Hello Buds!!

    How are you?

    Why don’t you like the pre season game one at home? Better on grass?

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  15. I’m doing pretty well, Freds. Thanks. The last few months have been mostly uphill, but that’s how life works.

    I just mean that while the coaches know they have to entertain the home crowd, they also know that their prime timers aren’t ready for prime time. Thus, the people paying full fare see almost nothing of what they really want to see. Teams usually are ready to put a much more entertaining product on the field one week later. But, as all mathematicians know, half of the league’s teams have to play their first game at home.

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