Chiefs Ideal for Preseason Opener

The Kansas City Chiefs are the ideal opening opponent for the Vikings -- one to get a test of the Vikes' new defense and secondly to get a look in the mirror.

If one was to go to Chiefs training camp, the same general story would be heard. There would be talk of the high-powered offense looking to re-establish the running game, but more importantly there would be talk of a new and improved defense.

That's why the Chiefs are going to be the perfect preseason-opening opponent for the Vikings. With the best offense in the league in 2004, the Chiefs will be a solid test for the new-look Vikings defense that will likely be without Fred Smoot, but still sporting a lot of new faces.

In contrast, the Vikings offense will have its first opportunity in the post-Moss era to prove itself against a Chiefs defense that was at or near the bottom of the rankings all year in 2004.

While the plan is to let the starters play about one quarter and little more, the cameo will give fans a chance to see the new-look Vikings from both sides of the ball -- an appetizer of what is to come when the games start for real Sept. 11.

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