The Vikings continue their preseason Friday night at the Metrodome against the Buffalo Bills. Adrian Peterson will not be suiting up for Minnesota but the rest of the healthy regulars are expected to play at least into the second quarter. Fans will get their first look at Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield, all of whom sat out last Friday’s opener against San Francisco.
Christian Ponder is coming off a solid performance against the 49ers and will look to build on the positive things he did in that game. Ponder’s pass protection was good in the first game but his receivers let him down by dropping a couple of passes. Jerome Simpson especially will look to improve upon his shaky initial performance. Kyle Rudolph and Toby Gerhart both flashed their talents in the first game and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of what those guys have to offer. Receivers on the roster bubble include Devin Aromashodu, Manny Arceneaux and Kerry Taylor.
The Vikings struggled defensively in the opener, especially against the run, and a great emphasis was placed on shoring up the run defense during the last few practices of training camp. The biggest positional battle of preseason is shaping up at weak-side linebacker between incumbent Erin Henderson and newcomer Marvin Mitchell. Jasper Brinkley looks to solidify his status as starting middle linebacker, but may have to hold off veteran Tyrone McKenzie. Opportunity knocks for several young defensive linemen with nose tackle Letroy Guion sitting out the game.
In the secondary, Harrison Smith makes his first start at safety alongside Mistral Raymond. Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield will get the call at cornerback but expect to see a lot of rookie Josh Robinson who was impressive the last few days of camp. Coming off an impressive display in the swirling gales of San Francisco, rookie Blair Walsh gets his first shot at kicking inside the windless Metrodome.
Kick-off is 7 PM CT
Vikings vs. Bills will be available on NFL Preseason Live outside the local markets.
The game will be televised locally on KARE-11. Once again the broadcast team will be Paul Allen and Pete Bercich via KFAN simulcast. Fox Sports North will replay the game Saturday, Aug 18 at 11:30 PM CT. NFL Network will replay the game Saturday, Aug 18 at 12 PM CT.
The game will be broadcast on radio on KFAN 100.3 and across the Vikings radio network. Full list.
The game will be broadcast on Sirius satellite radio channel 113.