Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings: Vikings Week 2 Game Preview

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Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings: Vikings Week 2 Game Preview
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The Minnesota Vikings will look to move to 2-0 in the Mike Zimmer era when they take on the Arizona Cardinals in the second game of the preseason Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. CT at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Vikings, who beat the Oakland Raiders 10-6 at home last Friday night, should have a much tougher test this weekend, as the Cardinals whipped the Houston Texans 32-0 Saturday night.

Minnesota's starters will probably see a little more action this weekend after playing just a couple of series against the Raiders.

Quarterback Matt Cassel, who led the Vikings to a touchdown in his only drive last week, might play the entire first half against the Cardinals before giving way to rookie Teddy Bridgewater, according to Master Tesfatsion of the Star Tribune.

Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press quoted offensive coordinator Norv Turner as saying, "Matt got 10 plays, he's going to get more than that this week. How much? That is something we will determine as the week goes on."

The Vikings' first-team defense should get a much tougher test against the Cardinals after holding the Raiders to just five net yards in their first two drives. The Cardinals rolled up more than 400 yards of offense against the Texans and had three touchdowns through the air.

Obviously, preseason games don't matter much, but playing well in them is much better than playing poorly. Teams like both the Vikings and the Cardinals can build positive momentum by winning preseason games. 

The Vikings had a bit of a scare this week when defensive tackle Linval Joseph was hit in the calf with a stray bullet at a Minneapolis club Saturday night. Minnesota says Joseph should be good to go for the season opener in September, and, as reported in the Pioneer Press, Zimmer says Joseph could see some more game action in the preseason.

"I think he probably needs to play. So when he's ready, we'll play him. If it's the last preseason game or if it's sooner than that, we'll see," Zimmer told a press gathering Monday night.

For those assured of roster spots, Saturday's game is another tuneup as the regular season inches closer. For those battling for spots on the roster, it's another golden opportunity to impress the coaching staff.

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