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Game Preview: Vikings vs. Titans

Posted Sep 1, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings (7-9 in 2014 regular season) play in their final preseason game at Nissan Stadium vs. the Tennessee Titans (2-14 in 2014 regular season) Thursday, September 3. The game, which is set to kickoff at 7 p.m. CT, will be simulcast live locally on FOX 9 and KFAN 100.3 FM. The simulcast team features Paul Allen and Pete Bercich in the booth with Greg Coleman and Ben Leber on the sideline.

The Vikings are 4-0 during the 2015 preseason, giving Mike Zimmer a perfect 8-0 record in the preseason as a head coach after defeating the Dallas Cowboys, 28-14, in their 1st road preseason game in 2015. The Titans, who are 1-2 this preseason, are returning home after a 34-10 loss at Kansas City on Friday, August 28.

TELEVISION: FOX 9 (Channel 9 in Minneapolis)

Play-By-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman/Ben Leber

LOCAL RADIO: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTLK-AM 1130

Play-by-Play: Paul Allen Analyst: Pete Bercich

Sideline Reporter: Greg Coleman/Ben Leber

Pre-Game Show: Mike Mussman – 6:00 p.m. CST

KFAN and KTLK serve as the flagship stations for the 72-station, 6-state Vikings Radio Network.

VIKINGS IN THE PRESEASON

* The Vikings have a combined record of 148-96-3 (.606) in their 247 preseason games.

* The team has finished undefeated in the preseason 7 times (1964, ‘65, ‘73, ‘92, ‘98, ‘01, ‘14).

* The Vikings have finished with a .500 record or better 41 times in the team’s 54 preseasons.

* In the 41 previous preseasons when the Vikings have finished at .500 or better, the team has gone on to finish at .500 or better 31 times in the ensuing regular season.

* In the 13 preseasons when the Vikings have finished below .500, the team has gone on to finish below .500 seven times in the ensuing regular season.

* Mike Zimmer and the Vikings won all 4 games in the 2014 preseason before going 7-9 during the regular season, Zimmer’s 1st as a head coach.

VIKINGS BIG DAYS VS. TITANS 

* LB Chad Greenway recorded double-digit tackles in each of his two games against the Titans, Greenway recorded 10 tackles and two tackles for a loss vs. Tennessee on 10/7/12

* RB Adrian Peterson in two games has averaged 84.0 yards per game in two games against the Titans, on 9/28/08 Peterson recorded a pair of touchdowns.

* WR Mike Wallace caught 6 passes for 82 yards and a TD vs. Tennessee on 10/9/11. The next season, on 10/11/12 at Tennessee, Wallace recorded 2 catches for 94 yards and a TD - an 82-yard catch.

* TE Kyle Rudolph hauled in four catches for 23 yards and a touchdown on 10/7/12

VIKINGS-TITANS SERIES NOTES

• The Vikings and Titans have played 7 times during the preseason with the Vikings holding a 6-1 series lead.

• Minnesota owns the advantage in the regular season series. The teams have met 12 previous times in the regular season with the Vikings holding an edge at 8-4-0.

• The last time Minnesota and Tennessee met in the preseason was a season ago, the Vikings earned a 19-3 victory.

• Minnesota is 7-1 in regular season home contests and 1-3 on the road vs. Tennessee.

Vikings-Titans Connections

• Vikings DB coach Jerry Gray served as the Titans DB coach from 1999-2000 and the defensive coordinator from 2011-2013.

• Titans TE coach Mike Mularkey played for the Vikings from 1983 to 1988.

• Vikings Assistant DB coach Jonathan Gannon served as the Titans defensive quality control coach from 2012-2013.

• Vikings DT Chigbo Anunoby spent the 2014 season on the Titans’ practice squad.

Local Connections

• Tennessee RB David Cobb played at the University of Minnesota from 2011 to 2014.

• Titans OL coach Bob Bostad served as graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota from 1992-1994.

• Titans DT Karl Klug attended high school in Caledonia, MN.

• OT Taylor Lewan’s father was a defensive lineman at the University of Minnesota.

• Vikings S Harrison Smith attended Knoxville Catholic High School in Tennessee.

College Connections

• Vikings WR Cordarelle Patterson and Titans WR Justin Hunter played together at the University of Tennessee in 2012.

• Vikings OL Austin Shepherd played with Titans FB Jalston Fowler at the University of Alabama from 2010 to 2014.

• Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (2012-2014) and Titans WR Deon Long (2013- 2014) played for the University of Maryland together in 2013.

• Titans RB David Cobb (2011-2014) and Vikings WR Isaac Fruechte (2012- 2014) played for the University of Minnesota together for 2 years.

• Vikings WR Mike Wallace (2006-2008) played with Titans RB Dexter Mc- Cluster (2006-2009) at Ole Miss from 2006-2008.

• Vikings C John Sullivan played together with Titans TE Anthony Fasano at Notre Dame.

• Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn (2006-2008), Titans K Ryan Succop (2005- 2008) and Titans T Jamon Meredith (2004-2008) were teammates from 2006 to 2008.

• Vikings DE Brian Robison (2002-2006) and Titans S Michael Griffin (2003- 2006) served as teammates at the University of Texas for three seasons.

• Titans DE Jurrell Casey (2008-2010) played on the USC defensive line with Vikings DE Everson Griffen (2007-2009), along with college teammates Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (2007-2011) and Vikings T Matt Kalil (2009-2011).