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Episode 23

VT Roundtable Episode 23

Austin Belisle (@austincbelisle), Adam Warwas (@Adam_Warwas) BJ Reidell (@RobertReidell), Brett Anderson (@brettAnderson87), and Drew Mahowald (@DrewMahowald) preview both the Minnesota Vikings 2017 season as well as their opening-week Monday Night Football matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The gang finishes this episode by dropping some HOT, BOLD predictions for the upcoming year.

Check out Episode 23 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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Wow, what a fun day! Lots of action. With roster cuts already in progress, here’s a last-minute Vikings 53-man roster projection, which includes Friday’s trade for cornerback Tramaine Brock:

Quarterback
  • Sam Bradford
  • Case Keenum
  • Teddy Bridgewater (PUP)

The Vikings rolled with two quarterbacks last year and I don’t see that changing this year. Taylor Heinicke is practice squad eligible and I don’t see teams lining up to snag him off waivers. Plus, there’s always Mitch Leidner.

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Skol Scale
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Vikings Territory content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the preseason and delivers the fourth Skol Scale reading of 2017. (NOTE: This was originally published before the the Tramaine Brock trade was reported and has since been edited.)

I warned all of you about this in my last Skol Scale post.

And yet, here we are.

The Minnesota Vikings have wrapped up their preseason, and now it’s time to ball. Actually ball. In games that matter.

I warned the fantastic and loyal readers of Vikings Territory about jumping to conclusions after preseason games. It’s unhealthy and causes unnecessary fluctuation of the heart rate. Preseason results do not correlate to regular season results. But you did it anyway.

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Vikings 49ers
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A thrilling, victorious finish to the Minnesota Vikings’ third preseason game was not enough to negate the disappointing showing from the starting units Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

I have some good news, I have some bad news and I have some worse news.

The good news is that the Minnesota Vikings won in spectacular fashion.

The bad news is that the win doesn’t really mean much.

The worse news is that the starting units got obliterated by the San Francisco 49ers in the first half.

Minnesota escaped with 32-31 last-second win on Sunday night in front of a national television audience, no thanks to the starting units. Quarterbacks Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke led a heroic comeback effort (with the help of a Jerick McKinnon kickoff return touchdown) to make up for a gruesome first half showing.

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Vikings Release First Unofficial Depth Chart
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The release of first unofficial depth chart of the season means very little in the grand scheme of a six-month campaign. But for fans of the Minnesota Vikings, it’s the tangible result of training camp’s most competitive battles. The order of names listed on today’s chart will surely change, but there’s plenty to glean from our initial glimpse into makeup of the 2017 Vikings.

First Unofficial Depth Chart

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