In something I didn’t even realize needed to be announced (I figured the pre-season schedule came with the regular season schedule, that was announced awhile ago), (so much for my credibility) the Vikings pre-season schedule was announced yesterday. While I slept. That’s right. So, let’s take a look, while keeping in mind that the actual time and date of the games has yet to be announced (Because they want to keep us all on the edge of our seats, I guess).
Week One (Between August 10th through the 14th): The Buffalo Bills
This should be an interesting game as the Bills have a new head coach after firing Rex Ryan after last season. The Bills attempted to load their team with a ton of talent, but for whatever reason Rex couldn’t figure out how best to utilize it. I personally like Ryan, from an entertainment standpoint, but understand the move. They still have a lot of talent, so, we’ll see how good they look first hand come August… Sometime.
Week Two (Between August 17th and 21st): The Seattle Seahawks
In a rematch from one of the most devastating games in recent Vikings history, the Vikes will face off with the Seahawks. It was thought that perhaps Adrian Peterson would end up in blue and… Green? But, it looks like they’re set at running back after signing former Packer back Eddie Lacy. Who has a history of bowling over Vikings defenders. In typical Vikings fashion, they’ll probably blow out the team that broke our hears early last year.
Week Three (Sunday, August 27th): San Francisco 49ers
This game has an actual date and time because it will be nationally televised on NBC. It couldn’t have landed on a better pre-season game (For us) as the third game is typically when teams play their starters longest. The 49ers are probably the biggest mess in all of pro-football, so this will be a good opportunity for the Vikings, or at least their fans, to see how much progress they’ve made thanks to free agency and the upcoming draft.
Week Four (Either August 31st and September 1st): The Miami Dolphins
Miami is an interesting team as the city is essentially perpetually flooding and will end up underwater in about fifteen years. Which makes their name about as applicable as any in the league, outside of the Houston Texans because, yeah, Houston is in Texas (Way to try hard, fellas).
This will be the last opportunity for a lot of players to make a splash (Literally). So, I am really, also, hoping that Vikings wide receiver Moritz Boehringer will get an opportunity to play to show what he can do. We here at purplePTSD.com, myself especially, are HUGE fans of Boehringer and even had a chance to interview him last season. I am a strong believer that he has the potential to be one of the bigger threats in the league and believe that they should at least draw up some plays specifically for him (Namely, some (bubble) screens).
So, there it is and we’re only about four months away!