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Lunch Break, 8/28: Hall of Fame Tour to Visit Twin Cities

Vikings players and coaches visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame earlier this month on the night that Mick Tingelhoff was presented for enshrinement.

Tingelhoff waited 37 years after his final season to make it to Canton, Ohio, and football's highest honor, but now part of the hall is headed to Minneapolis.

John Holler of Viking Update reported a traveling exhibit called "Honor the Heroes" is scheduled to visit the Minneapolis Convention Center Oct. 17-18. Holler noted:

*The schedule will feature appearances of living Hall of Famers or "Gold Jackets" including 2015 enshrinees Tim Brown and Charles Haley and other Hall of Famers including [former Vikings] Fran Tarkenton, Randall McDaniel and Warren Moon and [Pittsburgh's] Mean Joe Greene. *

*Several Hall of Famers will attend each of the tour stops. The tour will include Legacy Hall, a showcase of holographic busts of NFL legends which shares stories of their lives and careers, Traditions Stage, which will feature large-screen productions from NFL Films with hourly kids' press conferences and "chalk talk" sessions, Impact Zone, which gives fans of all ages the chance to test their skills and Hall of Fame Locker Room, which will sell Hall of Fame related merchandise and apparel. *

Red zone opportunists?

As football — and fantasy football — season get another day closer, ESPN's NFL Nation writers took a look at players from each team that are most likely to be thrown the ball in the red zone or slotted for carries near the goal line.

With the Vikings visiting the Cowboys at 6 p.m. (CT) Saturday, here's a look at the Vikings from Ben Goessling and at the Cowboys from Todd Archer.

Red zone option (full list):

Goessling: It should be Kyle Rudolph; the tight end has scored 13 of his 17 career touchdowns in the red zone, and is expected to get plenty of opportunities now that he's fully recovered from the sports hernia that kept him out for half of last season. He's a big, sure-handed target that quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has said he's excited to have back this season. Rudolph should have a bigger role in the offense in general, but the red zone should be a place where he can thrive.

Archer: The easy answer is Dez Bryant. He led the NFL in touchdown catches last year with 16 and he is a nightmare for defensive backs near the goal line. He and Tony Romo have a great feel for the fades as well as the bullet back-shoulder throws. And Bryant has learned the subtle push off that won't get called very often to create even more space. If teams want to double cover Bryant, then tight ends Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar will be able to chew up defenses, too.

Goal line rusher (full list):

Goessling: The Vikings have indicated they're going to give Adrian Peterson the bulk of the work, and people around the team don't expect Peterson to be taken out on the goal line, even though Matt Asiata was one of the league's best short-yardage running backs last season, scoring nine touchdowns from 7 yards and in. It might be worth drafting Asiata for goal-line carries, but Peterson still figures to be the main ball carrier around the goal line.

Archer: This is still difficult to answer because the running back competition has not truly taken off in training camp. None of their runners has a goal-line build. Joseph Randle's game is built more on quickness. Darren McFadden's is built on speed. Lance Dunbar is a combination of the two. Randle will be the lead back, so he will get the first crack at goal-line carries but he will have to prove he can pick up the dirty yards that made DeMarco Murray so successful last year.

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