Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee Titans: Vikings Preseason Week 4 Game Preview

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Minnesota Vikings vs. Tennessee Titans: Vikings  Preseason Week 4 Game Preview
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The Minnesota Vikings will look to finish off their first perfect preseason since 2001 when they fly to Tennessee to take on the Titans on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CDT.

While most of the Vikings starters will sit out the final preseason game, a win would cap a 4-0 preseason record and continue the winning culture that new head coach Mike Zimmer is trying to instill in the franchise.

Obviously all the records go back to 0-0 following Thursday night's full slate of games, and the preseason has never been a portent of things to come, (Minnesota went 5-11 following that 4-0 preseason in 2001) but it would certainly not be a bad thing to continue the momentum this team has built throughout August.

While the outcome of Thursday night's game will be shrugged off either way by the time the team boards the plane to come back home, the preseason finale is huge for players battling to make the roster. It's also the last chance for fringe players to put some positive game action on tape for the Vikings and every other team in the league to see.

Cornerback Marcus Sherels was supposedly on the roster bubble last preseason. Then his 109-yard kickoff return in the final game of 2013 probably reminded Vikings coaches what an asset he is on special teams.

Two years ago a rookie named Jarius Wright cemented his roster spot with a six-reception, 122-yard, one-touchdown performance in that season's final exhibition game.

Even if a player doesn't make his current team, an impressive outing in the final preseason game can keep his dream alive. In the same game in which Wright locked down a roster spot, running back Jordan Todman ran for a 76-yard touchdown for the Vikings and rushed for 114 yards on just 10 carries.

The Vikings cut Todman, but he eventually landed with his current squad, Jacksonville, and you can probably trace his place in the NFL back to that night.

Anyway you look at it, the final preseason game means that real football is just over a week away.



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