Saturday, December 3, 2016

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We have discussed this team’s oldest players. We have discussed them going from one of the NFL’s youngest teams to the second oldest this last offseason. We’ve also discussed the youngest players that are currently listed as starters.

Today, in the wake of the 36 year old Joe Berger getting a one-year contract extension, we wanted to take you on a tour of the contract situations of other Vikings players as they prepare to open the regular season in Tennessee tomorrow.

Rick Spielman has been known to negotiate an in-season extension or two as a reward for good performance, and it is possible a few options for this treatment currently exist on the roster.

Here is the list of Vikings first-teamers that will play the first game of their last season under their current contract tomorrow.

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Week 1 Opponent Preview

Stopping the run key to stopping Titans
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An in-depth look at the Minnesota Vikings’ weekly opponents, with a focus on specific plays, schemes, and players.

There’s an eerie ‘deja vu’ feeling around Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans. The Minnesota Vikings travel to Nashville as road favorites, prepared to face a team with a mobile quarterback and power running game. They’re expected to win, however, and should start the regular season with a ‘W” in the win column.

Unless, that is, Mike Zimmer’s team repeats its opening performance from 2015; a 20-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers that saw Carlos Hyde run for 168 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings looked sloppy, unprepared, and overmatched at the line of scrimmage, repeatedly failing to set the edge or fill run gaps.

When the game begins on Sunday, the Vikings will once again have their hands full. The Titans boast one of the league’s best running back duos in Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry, a one-two punch that averaged 161 yards per game this preseason.

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Terence Newman Wants to Re-Sign
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Following the cutdown to a (somewhat) finalized 53-man roster, it is an annual tradition that somebody out there less lazy than myself calculate the average age of NFL teams and create a whole bunch of headlines from all 32 markets that allude to where each franchise sits in the stack.

This year, Philly Voice did the dirty work, and Vikings fans will be interested to hear that the team has gone from one the league’s youngest rosters to the second oldest. They have an average age of 26.58 years and only the Atlanta Falcons are older.

One school of thought would suggest that an already talented playoff team is now that much more experienced across the board and prepared to make a serious run. Another angle, however, is that this roster has some veterans that will soon be in need of a replacement.

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**I’m Putting It In Big Bold Letters At The Top Of This Post: I Fully Acknowledge And Admit That This Is Nothing But Silly Speculation And Simple Fun. A Trade For Joey Bosa Is Highly Unlikely To Actually Occur**

August 28th’s game against the San Diego Chargers is just a preseason scrimmage, but it marks a big moment… the first game of Minnesota Vikings football to be played in U.S. Bank Stadium. The night will feature plenty to show off, from the sights and sounds of the stadium to, perhaps, a little magic.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman should genuinely consider inviting his San Diego counterpart, Tom Telesco, to one of those luxury suites to partake in the festivities. With any luck, Telesco gets swept up in some of that magic, and Spielman is able to show off some of his own skills by inquiring into the availability of an extremely talented young man that has yet to show up to the Chargers’ building.

Of course, I’ve been around the block long enough to know that this article is essentially just fan fiction and that NFL trades aren’t as simple as video games might have us believe. But if you are looking to take a break from the obsessive monitoring of Minnesota’s injury situations, then take this fantastical leap with me for a few minutes.

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VT Question of the Week

Top of the Vikings' Depth Chart
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In the NFL, or the “Not For Long” league, change is imminent. Even for tenured starters, there comes a time when change must happen. Exorbitant contracts are the enemy of the front office. Father Time waits for no one. Rookies and free agents step in, ripping starting spots from those at the top of the depth chart.

It’s a cruel reality, and it’s no less cruel for the Minnesota Vikings. The team will take the field for its first preseason game on Friday night, where today’s starters may only see a handful of snaps. Tomorrow’s potential starters, however, will enjoy an extended amount of time under the lights.

These next four weeks will be crucial in the development of a final 53-man roster. Although the Vikings released a preseason depth chart earlier this week, that list is sure to change. Starters at the top may end up on the bench, and reserves may leap-frog their way into the starting rotation. With that in mind, the Vikings Territory team is back to predict how the top of the Vikings’ depth chart will change by the start of the regular season.

Which starter on the preseason depth chart won’t be a starter come Week 1?

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