THERE IS A VIKINGS GAME TONIGHT!!!!
Man, am I ever pumped up. I went to a Twins game at the dome yesterday (ugh, but they lost), and tonight I get to watch the Vikings on TV. Good times, I tell ya. Gooooooooood Times.
Anyway, sorry about the excitement. Moving on.
Tonight the Vikings will go to Indianapolis to play the Colts for the first preseason game of the year. Of course when it comes to preseason, winning and losing doesn’t matter very much. Instead we want to keep an eye on how the returning players have progressed from last year, and how the new players are going to fit in. Here’s what I’m personally going to be watching for:
HOW SAGE ROSENFELS PLAYS
This will be the storyline for the first quarter of tonight’s game. For the first time in quite a long time, the Vikings have a legitimate quarterback battle taking place going into the season. It was announced that tonight Sage will get the start with the first team, and next week Jackson will get those honors. Each of them will basically have probably a quarter of football to impress the coaches to try to win the job. I’m going to guess there will be a lot of passing going on, and hopefully we’ll get a good chance to see how Sage interacts with guys like Berrian, Shiancoe, and Harvin.
WHAT KIND OF IMPACT WILL HARVIN HAVE?
Speaking of Harvin, will the Vikings be able to work him into the offense tonight even though he’ll probably see limited action? I seriously doubt we’ll see any wildcat formations tonight, as I’m going to guess that if the Vikings decide to use that package they’ll save it for the regular season. However, I’d love to be wrong, because I think it’d be exciting to get a glimpse of what our guys can do with exotic lineups.
WHICH DB WILL STEP UP?
Will it be Benny Sapp, who has all kinds of athleticism, but not always the greatest head for the game? Will it be Marcus McCauley who has played in the system for a while and has some valuable game time experience? Will it be rookie Asher Allen who has been reported as a very aggressive DB who is not afraid to hit hard and take the ball out of receivers hands?
HOW WILL ALBERT YOUNG LOOK?
I don’t know if this one will interest you a lot, but as I’ve pointed out many times, I’m a big fan of Albert Young. Chip Scoggins said on ACCESS VIKINGS that he was progressing well through training camp. I’d love to see him become our #3 RB for this year. To me he could fill the type of role held in the past by Mewelde Moore or Moe Williams… never the kind of backup who is going to step up and take over a game, but instead the kind of guy who you can rely on to fill whatever role he’s needed for. Albert Young is an up-the-middle type runner who would be usable in short yardage situations. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can return kicks and punts, and he can play special teams. I hope he makes the roster.
WHAT ABOUT JOHN DAVID BOOTY?
I’m interested in watching Booty play tonight. I know that he’ll be playing with the third team, because he’s really not in the race for the starting QB position at all, but I really want to see how he’s progressed. Last year he looked shaky, even playing against 3rd string defenses. He’s had a whole year of practices now, and he’s most likely more comfortable with the Vikings system. He should most likely get to play the entire second half tonight, which will be valuable playing time for him. I’d like to catch a glimpse to see if it looks like a chance that he can be developed into a starting QB someday, or if he’s going to be one of those players that just turns into a solid backup.
Enjoy the game everyone, and HAPPY FOOTBALL SEASON!!!