The Chargers will play Sunday in the newly built U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota, where the Vikings will debut their shiny $1.1 billion home for its first NFL game.
The environment should resemble more of a regular-season game than a preseason match, as it will likely be loud and full of energy.
“It’s going to be great for our team,” said head coach Mike McCoy. “I’m looking forward to playing in the new stadium. It’s going to be a great environment for our team to go into ... You know in the NFL when you go on the road it’s going to be loud. And in Minnesota traditionally when they were inside [in the Metrodome] they had one of the loudest places, so I expect it to be loud.
"What they do defensively will be great for our offense to work in a loud, hostile environment.”
Added wide receiver James Jones:
“Minnesota fans are passionate. I played in the division for eight years, so I know exactly how passionate those fans are. I’m sure they’re going to pack out the stadium. There’s going to be a lot of people there, and it’s going to be loud. It’s always loud in there, so I don’t care if it’s preseason or a scrimmage, it will be a good challenge for us.”
The third preseason game is often considered a "dress rehearsal" for the real thing, and players treat it as such. Expect the starters to go at least a quarter -- if not more -- and the back-ups to make a last ditch effort to prove they belong on an NFL roster when the regular season opens in a few weeks.
The Chargers, who flew to Minnesota Saturday, will kick off against the Vikings at 10 a.m. PST on Sunday.