The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Sports

August 22, 2013

Preseason games offer, reveal almost nothing

The NFL preseason is a time for old athletes to hang onto jobs and younger ones trying to start careers.

It's also a time of great speculation as media and fans try to determine what's going to happen over the next four months based on what they see during a two-hour practice. Which means that there will be wild overreaction to a lot of things that won't matter in the next two weeks.

The Minnesota Vikings play their third preseason game Sunday at San Francisco. There are many that tell you this game is very important because it's the one that the starters will play the most, usually at least a half. It's supposedly the one preseason game in which you can get the first real glimpse into the preparedness of your favorite NFL team.

As Col. Potter used to say on MASH, the greatest TV show of this generation: "Horse hockey!"

True, you get a better picture of the Vikings' offense when running back Adrian Peterson plays, as he will Sunday. But if you think Peterson is going to get more than a handful of carries, you haven't been paying attention. He rushed for 2,000 yards without playing in the preseason last year, and the team isn't going to jeopardize his season with much meaningless work.

True, Christian Ponder and the first-team offense hasn't done much in limited opportunities, but the game plan isn't going to be too interesting in this game, with the results likely to be the same. Most everyone has an opinion on Ponder's ability, and that's not going to change this week. Or next week.

True, the defense has played pretty well, but like the Vikings, opposing offenses aren't throwing the whole playbook out there in the first two weeks of preseason.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
Outdoors

Latest auto racing news
Featured Ads
Live Moondogs coverage
Shane Frederick's Twitter updates
Chad Courrier's Sports Report
Latest NCAA basketball news
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
NDN Video
3 Questions with Gary Payton: Kevin Love, Andrew Wiggins and Derrick Rose Players Only: Marcus Mariota's Course Load at Oregon How We Almost Got Johnny Cowboy Donald Sterling Loses The Clippers For Good - @TheBuzzeronFox Franklin talks leaving Vandy Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX Michael Jordan OK With LeBron James Wearing No. 23? - @TheBuzzeronFox The Cornhuskers have gone...Loco? Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Byron Scott Reportedly New Head Coach Of Los Angeles Lakers - @TheBuzzeronFox SportsNite: Botched play Gruden: Full-speed practices key for fundamentals Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France College Football Playoff Prognosis: Notre Dame Fighting Irish College Football Playoff Prognosis: Nebraska Cornhuskers Jake Peavy traded from Red Sox to Giants Browns wants Johnny Football to buckle down How Losing Joe Bergeron Affects Texas What will Pierzynski bring to St. Louis? Cristiano Ronaldo -- TEAMING UP WITH LIL WAYNE ... Rapper Starting Sports Management Biz