The Tennessee Titans and the Minnesota Vikings renew acquaintances tonight at 7:00p.m. at L.P. Field. It is a chance to see a team that does not visit Nashville often.
The fourth preseason game is notorious for being a little slow as neither team will likely ay their starters more than one series. Expect lots of backups and guys trying to make the roster, or showcase something for other teams to dominate this game.
The Vikings enter tonight's final preseason game with a perfect 3-0 record this preseason, having convincingly defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 30-12 last week. Minnesota is one of only four undefeated teams remaining this preseason.
Starting quarterback Matt Casselthrew for 152 yards, including a 53 yard touchdown pass to former University of Tennessee star receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Vikings won the first meeting between the two on 10/13/74 51-10 over then then Houston Oliers.
The Vikings lead the all-time regular season series with the Titans 8-4.
The Vikings defeated the Titans last preseason (8/29/13) 24-23.
The Vikings defeated the Titans in the last meeting at Mall of America Field 30-7 on 10/7/12.
The Vikings holds a 7-1 lead in games playing in Minnesota.
The Vikings hold a 320-188 lead in total points score between the two teams.
VIKINGS PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Matt Cassel: While Cassel is not expected to play but a series, he is the Vikings starter and will be looking to take advantage of the slow starting Titans defense and produce points in his only attempt of the night.
WR Cordarrelle Paterson: The former Volunteer star is a threat to score anytime he touches the football and though he won't get many chances he will likely want to make a big play in his former college state.
RB Adrian Peterson: Simply the best running back in the NFL. Peterson like Cassel and Patterson likely won;t play long, but he will be fun to watch when he does.
QB Teddy Bridgewater: The rookie first round quarterback who spent his college career at the University of Louisville is an accurate passer with good mobility. He will likely play most of the first half and it will be a chance to see a player that many believe can become an NFL elite.
TENNESSEE TITANS FACTS
The Titans are 3-1 all-time in home games versus the Vikings.
The Titans are 1-0 all-time against the Vikings at L.P. Field.
The Titans defeated the Vikings 30-17 on 9/28/08 in the Vikings one and only regular season visit to L.P. Field
Ken Whisenhunt is 1-4 all-time as a head coach against Minnesota.
A Titans win tonight would improve the teams all-time preseason record at L.P. Field to 24-8.
A win tonight would give the Titans their 10th preseason since 199 with three or more wins. It would also be their third-such preseason in the last four years.
TITANS PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Jake Locker: Expected to only play one series, it will be worth watching to see if Locker and the first team offense can get off to a fast start against a good Vikings defense.
RB Bishop Sankey: Coming off a nice game last week against Atlanta, Sankey will look to build on that and continue his improvement ahead of the regular season opener last week.
CB Tommie Campbell: The cornerback has been the focus of a lot of talk this preseason as he struggled early in camp, but came on of late. He did however have his struggles last week against the Falcons Julio Jones. Many people believe Campbell is on the bubble to make this roster and he needs a strong performance tonight to play his way in, or out of the Titans locker room.
TELEVISION AND RADIO
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Analyst: Eddie George
Sideline reporter: Audra Martin
Play-by-play: Mike Keith
Analyst: Frank Wycheck
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Sideline reporter: Jonathan Hutton
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Umpire: Rueb Fowler
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Line Judge: Ron Marinucci
Field Judge: Dave Meslow
Side Judge: Rick Patterson
Back Judge: Steve Patrick
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