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The 15 days of practice in Mankato were marked by good weather and basically good health for the Vikings.
“It was a good three weeks,” Simpson said. “I loved the enthusiasm of all the guys … Everyone was striving to get better.”
Said tight end Kyle Rudolph: “They had a very tough training camp for us. Coach Frazier likes to set the standard very high, and I think everyone on our team responded to that very well.”
• How much do starters need to play during the preseason to get sharp for the regular season? There might not be a good answer to that question.
“I’m not too experienced with that,” second-year safety Harrison Smith said. “Last year, I just played whenever they wanted me to. It’ll be the same this year. I guess you just have to try to get better any time you are on the field, whether it’s practice or a game.”
• After missing the Texans game because of a hamstring injury, rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes will get a long look against Buffalo. “We want him to get a feel for the speed of an NFL game,” Frazier said.
Josh Robinson and Chris Cook will be the starting corners, with Rhodes getting a lot of action as the outside corner in nickel packages.
|Baltimore - LP: K. Gausman||4||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Nathan||6|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|