Saturday, September 23, 2017

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I’m not one to overreact, but we need to be honest about what we saw last Thursday night. The Vikings won their first preseason game, but the final score was of course irrelevant; a preseason victory is worth about as much as a share of Green Bay Packers stock— valuable only if you’re willing to engage in some serious self-deception.

The win over the Bills was, as most preseason victories are, the result of the winning team’s third- and fourth-string players being slightly better than those of the losing team’s. And I suppose there is a pale silver lining in this, because, judging by recent history, those players will likely see the field at some point for the Vikings this season. But alas, my main takeaway from the first preseason game was the same as many Vikings fans’: the team was sloppy, and bad, and the starting units — most notably, the offense – gave us no reason to believe they’ve improved upon their many deficiencies from last year.

Here we go again.

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Preseason Week 1: Vikings at Bills — Discussion, Debate & Instant Analysis

VT Roundtable Episode 21

VT Roundtable Returns for Episode 21 after a Brief Hiatus JUST in time for Vikings Football!

New Austin (@austincbelisle), Ham Neumann (@NeumSamN), BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87) and Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald) discuss the Minnesota Vikings’ sloppy Preseason performance against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Thursday evening.

The guys collectively hammer out a plethora of initial game takeaways, pick apart multiple individual performances and, as always, bring the fire to YouTube Dot Com.

Check out Episode 21 after the jump and subscribe to the Vikings Territory YouTube channel to ensure that you never miss a VT Roundtable discussion, the latest installment of Bump & Run or and a variety of other #content.

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This week, we decided to go with a more league-wide, open-ended question. All the VT writers had a fun time with this one, and we hope you do too! Please share your own thoughts in the comments and take our poll! 


Adam:
Seattle Seahawks
Two seasons ago the Seahawks won the Super Bowl. Last season they came insanely close. Having the ultra-cheap franchise quarterback for one more offseason certainly won’t hurt their odds of making another championship run. Beast Mode is back, and perhaps no team added a more talented player this offseason than Seattle got in Jimmy Graham. Their Draft wasn’t perfect by personal estimations, but they invested in their offensive line and I think Towson corner Tye Smith could establish himself in the Legion of Boom.

Their offseason was pretty good, but why I think they are the biggest “winner” for 2015 has to do with their biggest nemesis completely imploding. San Francisco’s offseason looks like it was written by George R. R. Martin, and Seattle seemingly has a much easier path to the NFC West throne as a result.

Brent: Miami Dolphins
There a couple of teams who jump to mind with the Vikings, Dolphins and Bills having great offseasons in my opinion. Ultimately, I think the Dolphins have had the best. They signed Ryan Tannehill and Maurkice Pouncey to contract extensions, ensuring some consistency with a young team. They also signed one of the better defenders in the game in Ndamukong Suh in free agency and added promising young receiver Kenny Stills. Within the draft, the Fins added DeVante Parker and Jordan Phillips in the first two rounds and running back Jay Ajayi late. The Dolphins were on the cusp last year, and I think their strong offseason positioned them well for the long term.

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While specific dates and times are not yet available, and while none of the games are expected to be televised nationally, it is still worth noting the NFL has announced who the Vikings will play in the upcoming preseason.

The schedule is as follows:

WEEK ONE:  At San Francisco 49ers

WEEK TWO:  Hosting Buffalo Bills

WEEK THREE:  Hosting San Diego Chargers

WEEK FOUR:  At Houston Texans

At this point, there are not any particular storylines that jump to mind as an extra incentive to watch these games.  Interest will mainly center on the progression of quarterback Christian Ponder, a few position battles, and monitoring the performances of the 2012 rookie class.

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