Preseason Game 1: Five Minnesota Vikings Who Helped Themselves

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Aug 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) looks on during the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Raiders 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The preseason opener against the Raiders provided several Vikings player the opportunity to shine in front of fans both at TCF Bank Stadium and at home in front of their screens of choice. And of course it also gave them a chance to impress the coaches and execs who hold their futures in their hands.

Here are five Vikings who really stood out, perhaps giving themselves a leg up in competition for a roster spot. Click next to begin slide show.