Minnesota Vikings vs Titans lacks stars, but is still important


The final preseason game for the Minnesota Vikings is typically a game that fans don’t look forward to.  In fact, most fans won’t even tune in because the big name players are all likely to be sitting this game out in order to prepare them for the regular season and make sure there are no team-shattering injuries.

Aug 22, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer listens to his coaches and players discuss the game with the Oakland Raiders at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the lack of star power, the Minnesota Vikings will have many reasons for this game to be very, very important.  With the final roster cuts to get to 53 players coming up on Saturday, this contest will be the team’s final chance to get a look at the individuals battling for positions.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer knows that this will be the hardest series of cuts, but the great competition will only make for a stronger overall roster.  Zimmer spoke with ESPN.com about releasing all these players that gave the Vikings their all:

"“Some of these things, you end up cutting some of these guys, it’s hard because they’re part of us,” coach Mike Zimmer said. “We wish them the best and hope that things work out for them. I think we have a deeper football team this year than we did a year ago.”"

For the casual fans that won’t be watching Thursday’s preseason contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Tennessee Titans, they can rest well knowing that the Vikings will be opening their season on Monday Night Football on September 14, 2014.  However, the hardcore fans will be watching to see which young players will be getting a shot at the roster or practice squad and maybe even see an emerging star.

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