Jaguars vs. Vikings: 5 Keys to the Game for Minnesota

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Jaguars vs. Vikings: 5 Keys to the Game for Minnesota
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At first glance the Minnesota Vikings have an unfamiliar opponent on Sept. 9 at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, MN. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars have faced the Vikings only a total of four times with the last meeting happening on November 23, 2008, a Vikings 30-12 victory. The Vikings own the series advantage with victories in three of the four games.

Both teams do have a lot in common, as they finished in the bottom 10 of the league, have quarterbacks that were struggling as 2011 first-round draft picks, have defensive backfields with holes and each are searching for playmakers to stretch the field.

Along with these similar areas, the media buzz surrounding the season opener has been focused on each team’s star running back and what their roles will be.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been doing everything possible to return from an ACL injury.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is finally back, after a 38-day holdout.

It's uncertain how much either with play but both teams have quality backups, Toby Gerhart and Rashad Jennings. 

The Vikings must approach this game as a 'must-win' as their schedule gets much tougher after the first two games against the Jaguars and the Colts.  

Here is a look at the keys to the game for the Vikings.

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