The ever-important third week of the preseason has arrived. Even those who loathe the preseason know the third exhibition game is treated as the most important. It’s often referred to as the “dress rehearsal” for the regular season. It stands to reason, then, that the storylines associated with the third preseason game are also important.
Here are five storylines to watch as the Vikings third preseason game rapidly approaches.
1. Will Zimmer name a starting quarterback after the game?
2. Starting jobs on defense still up for grabs
Two big training camp starting position battles to watch were that of middle linebacker and that of the safety spot next to
Missed field goals from 51 and 53 yards, along with a missed extra point, have caused consternation within the Vikings fan base about Blair Walsh’ 2014 season. But the Vikings don’t appear to be worried. Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer said on Thursday that Walsh is 47 of 50 on field goals during team periods of practice, and Walsh’s record through two full NFL seasons is nearly impeccable. A couple of intermediate-to-long distance makes on Saturday night in Arrowhead Stadium, and outdoor venue, would go a long way toward easing the fan base’s minds.
4. Will Norv Turner open up the offense?
Vikings Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner is one of the longest-tenured and most creative playcallers in the NFL. The Vikings opened up their offense a little more in the second preseason game than they did in the first. Will the third game see even more Turner aggressiveness? Tight end
5. Zimmer and staff’s first road test
The 2013 Vikings were 0-7-1 on the road. You can be sure Vikings Head Coach