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To open up the season, the Vikings will take on the San Diego Chargers.
Last season, San Diego missed the playoffs for the first time in several years with a record of 9-7.
Injuries led to many of San Diego's losses down the stretch, particularly at WR.
These two teams are considered to be the frontrunners to potentially move to a new stadium in Los Angeles, so it is interesting to see them square off to begin the 2011 NFL season.
Uncertainty at QB makes it difficult for the Vikings to stand a chance against a team with such a prolific pass-defense that last year ranked first in the league.
San Diego's rush defense isn't shabby either, ranking fourth in 2010, but All-Pro Adrian Peterson could help to even the playing field for the Vikings a little bit.
On offense, San Diego's only real weapon on offense in 2010 was TE Antonio Gates, but with Vincent Jackson as a full time contributor once again, Philip Rivers could have another potential deep threat to throw to again.
San Diego has had virtually no run game since the departure of star running back LaDanian Tomlinson after 2009. Ryan Matthews and Darren Sproles have not contributed much to San Diego's offense. Taking this into consideration, the Vikings could capitalize on this weakness to even the playing field on defense.
Though the Vikings defense struggled a little bit last year, some youth brought to the front four because of the departure of Pat Williams could be just what the Vikings need to be competitive in the run defense again.
In my mind, these two teams are somewhat even. With the addition of a starting QB, the Vikings should have no problem competing with the Chargers
Prediction: Vikings upset the Chargers.