Jets vs. Vikings preview

There will be two stories of interest Friday night as two revamped offenses square off.

The Vikings and quarterback Daunte Culpepper, without their go-to receiver Randy Moss for the first time in eight years, did not miss a beat last Friday night against Kansas City.

Culpepper completed his first five attempts to five different receivers, and connected for a TD with his new No. 1 receiver, Nate Burleson.

Distributing the ball "makes everybody more effective," said Culpepper. "It makes defenses cover everybody."

For the Jets, it will be the preseason debut of No. 1 quarterback Chad Pennington, recovering from rotator cuff surgery. He will get a chance to operate for the first time the new attacking system of new offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.

Part of the Jets' new offense includes the shotgun. It was used last week in the team's 10-3 win over Detroit.

"The biggest thing is that you cannot get frustrated," Pennington said of working in the new offense. "You have to keep working and feel comfortable with making the right reads, eventually the throws will come and all the kinks will get worked out."

The Jets take preseason seriously. They like to set the tone for the season and believe it begins with a healthy and productive August.

"Preseason games are vital to our young players," says the New York Jets' Herman Edwards, who is 14-4 (.778) in preseason as the team's head coach. "Young players are put into pressure situations in the third and fourth quarters of games whether they are trying to hold a lead or mount a comeback. Our goal is to win preseason games. It's important. We take it seriously."

While young players will have their chance to shine, all eyes will be focused on Pennington in New York and in Minnesota they will be key on the development of the receiving corps.

With some other interesting subplots, including Sam Cowart's return and Oliver Celestin lighting it up, this contest makes Friday Night Lights a Powder Puff game.


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