It has been a while, but it's actually game day for the Vikings. To help pass the time before the Vikings kickoff their preseason against the Steelers later tonight, we asked Vikings fans what they wanted to see the most in the preseason debut. Below are the five most popular answers, with our reaction included.
1. How do the rookies look?Thousands of Vikings fans have made the trek to Mankato, Minnesota for 2015 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. But for the many more who don't have that opportunity, the rookies on the roster are still a mystery. As such, Vikings fans are anxious to see the newest additions to the team and begin to develop an expectation for them in their first NFL seasons. Drilling down a bit further, fans seem to be the most anxious to see WR Stefon Diggs and DE Danielle Hunter, both of whom have had dynamite training camps so far.
2. No InjuriesWanting to see no injuries is a common wish whether it's preseason or regular season. But it's especially true now, particularly when it comes to the players one expects to be in the lineup once the win-loss columns open up.
3. Aggressive, fast and fundamentally sound team playSome teams are known for great offense, some for stout defense. But the bottom line, as all football fans know, is that the best overall team is going to be raising the Lombardi Trophy next February. As such, Vikings fans want to see all three phases of their team perform well.
4. Teddy deep to Mike WallaceThere is hope and optimism within the Vikings fan base that the franchise has found its QB of the future in Teddy Bridgewater. The second-year signal caller had an impressive debut season and is poised to take a step forward in Year 2. A big reason there is hope that Bridgewater can indeed continue his progression is the addition of big-play WR Mike Wallace. Fans are downright giddy to see Teddy connect on a deep pass with Wallace to show defenses they must respect the pass game instead of stacking up to stop Adrian Peterson on every play.
5. A winYea, yea, it's "only the preseason." But football fans are just like football coaches and players – they want to win!