Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.
Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.
Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.
We’re tracking all things Purple, starting with what’s already happened and projecting what needs to happen as the Vikings work their way through free agency and the rest of the offseason.
Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— DT Tom Johnson took a long, winding path to the NFL and the Vikings.
— What does Mike Zimmer want to see from QB Christian Ponder tonight?
— These four Vikings players have something to prove against the Titans.
— I did a Vikings chat at the airport yesterday, so I was cranky and I apologize for that.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
In Tennessee getting ready for my final job interview for the Vikings.
— Isame Faciane III (@Theonly_Isame3) August 28, 2014
AROUND THE NFC NORTH
— The Packers are already worrying about Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch.
— Lions players are looking forward to seeing former coach Jim Schwartz.
— These Bears players are on the bubble heading into tonight.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings wrap up the preseason against the Titans tonight in Nashville. The game starts at 7.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
ESPN crunched the numbers and they think the Vikings will win four games this season. I will eat this blog if that happens. Don’t ask me how I will actually do that, just know that I promise I will.
|NY Mets||3||Top 8th Inning|
|Pittsburgh||2||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Miami||7||Top 6th Inning|
|Detroit||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Minnesota||4||Top 6th Inning|
|NY Yankees||4||Top 6th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||2||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Baltimore||3||Bottom 8th Inning|
|Cincinnati||0||Top 2nd Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||3:05 PM|
|Los Angeles||3:05 PM|
|Chicago WSox||3:05 PM|
|LA Lakers||2:30 PM|
|LA Clippers||5:00 PM|
|Oklahoma City||8:00 PM|
|Washington||1||1st Prd 8:35|
|San Jose||6:30 PM|
|Michigan State||32||2nd Half 20:00|
|Toronto FC||6:00 PM|
|Real Salt Lake|
|(7) Florida State||74||FINAL|
|(3) South Carolina||80|
|Villanova||53||2nd Half 4:18|
|Michigan||12||1st Half 11:48|
|St Marys-CA||4:00 PM|
|(5) Baylor||7:30 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|