5 Other Things to Watch for from the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1

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5 Other Things to Watch for from the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1
Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Vikings open the season at Mall of America Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a game with plenty of story lines. 

It's a match up of two former league-leading running backs, neither of which had a single carry in the preseason. There has been all too much speculation as to whether or not Adrian Peterson will play, or if we will see Maurice Jones-Drew play on first or second downs.

Two second-year, former first-round quarterbacks face off, attempting to prove that the failures of last season are a distant memory as they open the season as starters. Christian Ponder finished 2-8 in ten starts with a 70.1 passer rating and Blaine Gabbert was 4-10 in 14 starts with a 65.4 rating.

Both teams are coached by former players, one by a former defensive back, the other a tight end.

Along with whether or not Peterson will play, and how much better will Ponder's play be, there is plenty of speculation and anticipation for rookies Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith opening the season as starters as well as the start of Jasper Brinkley's run as the new middle linebacker. 

However, there are plenty of other things to watch for in Sunday's game, maybe not as publicized, but surely just as crucial for the Vikings to turn things around and start their climb out of the NFC North basement.

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