That is a distinct possibility if the NFL selects the opponents for the 2009 Hall of Fame Game along the same lines that it did for this year's game in which the Redskins defeated the Colts 30-16 last night in Canton, Ohio.
The backdrop to the game is always the Hall of Fame induction and this year two former Redskins – cornerback Darrell Green and wide receiver Art Monk – were among this year's induction class. Next year, that list could include former Vikings Cris Carter and Randall McDaniel, which could make the Vikings a natural to play in the preseason opener much in the same way the Redskins were selected for this year's matchup.
In a piece on NFL Network Saturday, players, coaches and media types were asked to name the top players who should be in the Hall of Fame that aren't. Carter finished No. 3 on that list and many of those who were used in the report responded by saying that Carter not being voted in on his first year of eligibility was a travesty and if he isn't voted in next year, there should be an investigation. The piece threw a little light on the political nature of the selection process among the media types who vote on the Hall of Fame inductions. The sentiment was that before Carter could go in, Monk had to "be taken care of" after years of waiting. While that may seem ludicrous, it isn't beyond the realm of reasonable possibility.
The same could be true with McDaniel. A dominant guard his entire career, McDaniel was selected to an unprecedented 12 Pro Bowls – a feat that is virtually impossible to be broken. His ability to play at the top level of the league at his position isn't lost on fans that see such accolades as the calling card for Hall of Fame induction. If the only measuring stick used was acknowledgement from his peers that he was the best of his era, McDaniel should have been a unanimous choice last year, but former Viking Gary Zimmerman, much like Monk, had waited his turn and was rewarded in 2008. It should be McDaniel's turn next year.
If Carter and McDaniel are both given their rightful places in the Hall of Fame, it would be a natural for the Vikings to be on the marquee for the Hall of Fame game. With a roster dotted with current superstars and potential future Hall of Famers like Adrian Peterson, Darren Sharper, Matt Birk, Steve Hutchinson and Jared Allen, it would seem to be a matchup that could tie the Vikings past with the Vikings present and future – all the while giving the NFL a storyline to showcase the first preseason game of the year.