The third preseason game usually acts as a tune-up for most NFL teams in order to be fully prepared for Week 1. It looks like Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is following that same route even though there's not the usual fourth preseason game afterward this year.
He revealed to reporters that the team's starters will play on Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Vikings haven't exactly looked great in the preseason so far losing both contests by a combined 29 points. Most notably, Minnesota has yet to score an offensive touchdown and Zimmer has definitely taken notice of that. He wants to make sure the team looks crisp before Week 1 arrives.
"I think we need to have some success. I think they're confident, but you know, confidence comes when you play well and you show it."- Mike Zimmer on Vikings' offense
Fans will be able to tune in at the beginning of the game and watch an offense led by starting quarterback Kirk Cousins. The 10th-year pro is coming off a 2020 campaign in which he completed 67.6% of his pass attempts for 4,265 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns.
While Zimmer did not specify how long the starters will be out there, expect him to pull them only when he is satisfied with the results on the field.
Minnesota is looking to bounce back in 2021 after posting a disappointing 7-9 record last season. The Vikings have made the playoffs in three of Zimmer's seven seasons spent as head coach and currently have odds set at -106 to reach the postseason in 2021, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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