Minnesota Vikings NFL Game : Week 1 of the NFL preseason continues with a pair games on Friday, Aug. 9. There were 11 games on Thursday night as the countdown to Week 1 of the regular season is officially on. There are just two on tap for Friday night, but one of those will be televised nationally on NFL Network.
So if you’re wondering, “What football games are on today?” know this: There are two scheduled for Friday, Aug. 9.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Pittsburgh Steelers
7:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network – Heinz Field (Pittsburgh)
Pittsburgh’s offense will certainly look different in the Steelers’ preseason opener. For one, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are no longer on the roster. But also it will be Josh Dobbs not Ben Roethlisberger at the helm with Mason Rudolph also expected to lead a few series as the competition to be Big Ben’s backup begins. For Tampa Bay, this marks the start of Bruce Arians’ tenure. With Arians’ background, plenty of eyes will be on quarterback Jameis Winston, but he probably will only be out there for a series or two. Also worth watching: the debut of a pair of top-10 picks in linebackers Devin White (Bucs, fifth overall) and Devin Bush (Steelers, 10th).
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins expressed his concerns with rookie center Garrett Bradbury during a press conference with reporters at training camp Wednesday.
Cousins’ concerns didn’t have anything to do with the rookie being jumpy or being unsure of the playbook. It had everything to do with how much the North Carolina State product sweats, which affects his grip on the football.
Cousins, who is entering his second season with the Vikings, was asked what he’s looking for in Bradbury during their first preseason game Friday.
“Well I’m gonna take it back to how much he sweats, again,” he said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “He promises that it’s not a problem in games, and it remains to be seen because his shorts today were soaked. And he says it’s not a problem on game days, so the moment of truth Friday night.”
Nine players not named Stefon Diggs or Adam Thielen are competing for the remaining three or four receiver spots on the Minnesota Vikings’ roster.
There’s a handful of familiar faces, from Chad Beebe to Laquon Treadwell, and several new candidates in the mix between ex-Broncos wideout Jordan Taylor and seventh-round picks Bisi Johnson and Dillon Mitchell.
The sheer number of pass-catchers with different skill sets should benefit Minnesota in determining the group’s makeup behind its top two receivers. But the early reviews haven’t been all that positive.