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5 Things to Know: Minnesota Vikings

A few things to know about the Minnesota Vikings ahead of their game with the Buccaneers.


Anticipated Vikings starters for Tampa Bay at Minnesota. (Depth chart via


1. The Vikings won their first preseason game.
Minnesota played Pittsburgh in the Hall of Fame Game, which is the first game of the NFL preseason, and Vikings came away with the victory, 14-3. Mike Kafka connected on a 36-yard pass to McCoyle Pruitt to put the Vikings up, 7-3, at half before Joe Banyard scored the team's second touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter.

2. Adrian Peterson probably won't play until Week 1.
Peterson didn't play in the Vikings' first preseason game and likely won't see the field against the Bucs. He suffered a leg injury on Tuesday but according to the Vikings' website, Peterson likely won't take the field until the regular season opener.

3. A former Buc led the team in passing last week.
Kafka, who is listed as the Vikings' No. 4 quarterback on their most recent depth chart, was the team's leading passer against Pittsburgh, throwing for 66 yards, a touchdown and earning a 121.3 quarterback rating. Kafka was the Bucs' No. 3 quarterback in 2014.

4. Xavier Rhodes is looking forward to playing against his former teammate, Jameis Winston.
Rhodes and Winston played together at Florida State in 2012, when Winston was a redshirt freshman. The cornerback said he was looking forward to competing against his former teammate. "We played together in college, and I want to play against him on the opposite side of the ball," Rhodes said. "I'm looking forward to it."

5. OC Norv Turner hopes his starters will play 20-24 snaps.
The Vikings starters played 10 to 12 snaps in their opening game and Turner hopes his first-team will play twice as many snaps on Saturday. "(Coach Zimmer) hasn't set the number," Turner said. "I hope it's twice as many (as last game) because that's what you normally do after the first preseason game. If we get the number of reps we want we should be in position to rest those guys in the last game."

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