Minnesota Vikings: First NFL Preseason Game Player Review

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Minnesota Vikings: First NFL Preseason Game Player Review
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Christian Ponder vs. San Francisco 49ers on Friday, August 10th

Any preseason game successes or failures shouldn't be tied to the final score. This is a chance for coaches to continue to evaluate players as they prepare for the first roster cut on Sunday, August 27.

While Friday's game against the San Francisco 49ers didn't produce a Minnesota Vikings win, there are positives and negatives we can take away from the game that are far greater than the scoreboard.

There were many key Vikings players on both the offense and defense who did not play in this game.  

In fact, there were five players that have made the Pro Bowl that were absent on Friday. Four of those players were veterans held out by Coach Leslie Frazier in Kevin Williams, Jared Allen, Antoine Winfield and Percy Harvin, with the fifth being the injured Adrian Peterson.  

Also missing the game due to injuries were rookies Josh Robinson and Robert Blanton along with G/T Geoff Schwartz, T DeMarcus Love, TE John Carlson, RB Jordan Todman and WR Kamar Jorden.

Veteran QB Sage Rosenfels did not play either.

Missing this many players, many likely first-string, will make a tremendous difference when the Vikings get a rematch at the Metrodome against the 49ers in Week 3.

The Vikings play their next preseason game on Friday, August 17th against the Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome. The team will have the opportunity to regroup back at Mankato through Thursday due to their lengthened training camp schedule.  

The second preseason game still may not feature the likes of Harvin, Winfield, Allen, Williams or Peterson as veterans normally only play in week 3, but the team will have time to work out some of the deficiencies that we saw on Friday.

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