• After Sunday’s game at Texas, the Twins have just 12 games left against teams with a winning record, and they will be played in a row starting Sept. 3 at Boston for three games, followed by home series with Cleveland and Washington and then a series at Cleveland. Their remaining 26 games are all against Detroit, Kansas City and Chicago.
• On Sept. 8, the Vikings have their season opener at noon against the Falcons at U.S. Bank Stadium and the Twins face Cleveland at 1 p.m. at Target Field. You have to wonder if the Twins would consider moving their game time.
• One of the biggest decisions for P.J. Fleck is which of the five placekickers in camp will replace Emmit Carpenter, one of the best in school history. “Right now none of them have really run away with the job,” Fleck said. “They have made some, they have missed some. We have to get more consistent at that position.”
• The Gophers have a better chance of building a winning schedule this year than next year, when they play their first four games at home — including games against Iowa and BYU. They also have Michigan and Michigan State on the schedule, which they don’t have this year.
• Kirk Cousins is tied for 13th in the preseason odds to be named NFL MVP in 2019. Patrick Mahomes of Kansas City is the favorite.
• When the Vikings face the Falcons in the opener, former Gopher De’Vondre Campbell is slated to be a starting linebacker for Atlanta. Campbell has started 29 games over the past two seasons and recorded 88 tackles each year.
• Olabisi Johnson, the Vikings’ seventh-round draft pick, caught an 18-yard touchdown from Sean Mannion in the second quarter of the win over the Saints. Johnson finished with two receptions for 35 yards. “It is definitely a big confidence boost, especially being a rookie and everything,” he said. “It’s something I needed.”