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Minnesota Vikings vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Vikings Week 3 Game Preview
Ann Heisenfelt/Associated Press

The Minnesota Vikings will look to remain perfect during the 2014 preseason when they travel to Kansas City on Saturday to take on the Chiefs at 8 p.m. ET. The Vikings moved to 2-0 with an exciting 30-28 win over the Arizona Cardinals last Saturday night. This Saturday's game can be seen on KARE-TV in Minnesota.

The third preseason game is generally the last time most starters will see game action before the regular season begins in the first week of September.

Minnesota will have plenty to play for against the Chiefs, as there are at least two starting positions still up for grabs and plenty of players jockeying for roster spots. The the first day of cuts looms next Tuesday, August 26, when NFL teams have to reduce their rosters from 90 to 75 players.

Head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't say how long he expected to play his starters on Saturday, but it's expected that they'll at least play into the third quarter. Here's what Zimmer had to say to reporters about the matchup with the Chiefs on Saturday:

I think where we are playing at in Kansas City, they’ve got a great crowd, it should be loud, it should be an energetic atmosphere. I think all of those things are good. I think the more situations we can put this team in before we go play St. Louis, the better it is. I just wait and see how guys react to certain situations. I didn’t really know what to expect in the first two preseason games. I’m kind of the same way here. The routine is going to be different, our routine today and yesterday was different. They’re all learning about the differences that our program is running now.

Kansas City stands at 1-1 in the preseason, having lost 28-16 to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. For the Vikings, Saturday's game marks their first venture out on the road this summer. While a third straight win would be nice, it's more important for Minnesota that players step up and earn the staring spots at middle linebacker and strong safety. 

 

 

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