9:21 –Uh, oh. Something is about to happen for the first time since Mike Zimmer became head coach of the Vikings.
The Vikings are in trouble of losing their first preseason game under Zimmer.
QB Alex Tanney executed a play-action fake to RB David Fluellen, bought some time and found TE Phillip Supernaw wide open in the end zone.
The original PAT was no good, with a high snap forcing K Ryan Succop to pick up the football and float it desperation style to the end zone. The pass was actually caught for a good 2-point conversion, but long snapper Beau Brinkley was downfield when the pass was thrown, negating the conversion. The Titans backed up, tried the PAT again and converted the second time around to make the score 24-10 in favor of Tennessee.
9:04 –A rare mistake by a sure-handed player has allowed the Titans to extend their lead.
Marcus Sherels mishandled a punt inside the 15 and the Titans pounced on the ball.
The good news is the Vikings defense responded, sacking QB Alex Tanney to force a FG try by Tennessee. The FG was good, and the Titans now lead 17-10.
8:48 - View in-game action shots from tonight's game via the gallery below:
8:45 –How about Taylor Heinicke?
The rookie QB continues to impress and now has another TD under his belt. This one was a 14-yarder and it was caught with one hand by RB Dominique Williams to cap an 8-play, 80-yard drive.
Blair Walsh hit the PAT and now the Vikings deficit is just 14-10 early in the 2nd half.
8:18 –The Vikings are on the board.
Taylor Heinicke, who has been impressive all night, drove the Vikings to the TEN 15 but was unable to push the ball into the end zone. Blair Walsh came on and converted a 33-yard try to get the Vikings their first points of the game. Tennessee leads 14-3 as the teams head into the locker room at halftime.
Heinicke is 13 of 20 for 130 yards on the night.
7:29 –The Vikings are off to a slow start at the end of the preseason.
Playing their preseason finale in Tennessee against the Titans, the Vikings are down 14-0 with 7:32 to play in the 1st quarter. Most of the Vikings starter are not playing, and the Titans have taken advantage on all three sides of the ball.
The Titans offense drove 79 yards in just 4 plays and used a short 3rd down completion from rookie QB Marcus Mariota to WR Harry Douglas to register the scoring play. Douglass caught a short crossing route and turned the corner to sprint down the sideline for a 59-yard TD catch-and-run.
After a penalty on the ensuing kickoff, the Vikings started deep in their own territory. Moments later, rookie WR Stefon Diggs caught a pass and was extending the football out to try to reach the 1st down line, but the ball was knocked from his grasp and the Titans defense recovered the fumble.
With Mariota giving way to backup Zach Mettenberger on the next drive, the Titans drove 20 yards in 7 plays to score another TD when Reco Richardson was left wide open in the end zone for a 3-yard TD grab.
Both PATs were good, and the Titans lead 14-0.
7:05 PM - The game has kicked off and we're underway in Nashville. For now, check out these images from prior to kickoff.
View pregame behind the scenes images prior to Thursday's game against the Titans.
4:59 PM - While we wait for kickoff, check out this video sent our way by NFL Network that ranks the Vikings 10th heading into the regular season.
4:15 PM –It is here. The preseason finale is upon us. The Vikings have arrived at Nissan Stadium near downtown Nashville and they are nearly set to play the Tennessee Titans as both teams wrap up their preseason schedules and look toward the start of the regular season next week.
About 30 minutes before kickoff I will make my regular appearance on the Vikings Radio Network pregame show to discuss a few talking points with host Mike Mussman, but since you're here right now I will give you a sneak preview. Here are a few things to watch for tonight…
Let's see HeinickeThe undrafted rookie out of Old Dominion may be the team's starter tonight, and that means he could play all 4 quarters of the game. He's coming off an 11 for 11 performance in Dallas last weekend and will look to continue building and improving, something he's done every step of the way since joining the team.
How many starters will play tonight?It will be interesting to see how Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer handles playing time tonight. The Vikings are undefeated in the preseason and many aspects of the team have been impressive, but coach Zimmer has been insistent that his team is not where it needs to be yet to win consistently in the regular season. Does that mean he'll play some starters in the preseason finale? If so, who?
Sharpen the kicking gameP Jeff Locke has been stringing together sharp performances this preseason and has a chance to put a nice bow on things tonight. Quality hang time, solid net averages and punts being downed inside the 20 have been his calling cards the last few games. K Blair Walsh showed improvement last week but still had one miss. He'll look to finish the preseason with a perfect night kicking FGs and PATs so he can head into the season brimming with confidence.
Last call, LBs!The Vikings have some depth at LB, which will make for some tough roster decisions after this game. But tonight is an opportunity for several of these LBs to put the finishing touches on a case for why they should be a part of the 53-man roster or Practice Squad heading into the 2015 season.