The third preseason game is supposed to be the dress rehearsal for the regular season, the best example of what is to come in two weeks when the Minnesota Vikings open the season on Sept. 8 at Detroit.
As usual, the first-team offense and defense played longer on Sunday in a 34-14 loss at San Francisco, against one of the favorites to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. Sunday's game wasn't as revealing as expected, in large part because Minnesota's MVP running back, Adrian Peterson, received only a courtesy appearance.
Peterson hadn't played in the preseason, and while he was on the field Sunday, what he did could hardly be called "playing." Peterson was on the field for only two plays and didn't carry the ball. Without their MVP, the Vikings offense was still less than full-strength.
What was learned from Minnesota's third preseason game? Not much really. Here's five things we think we learned:
1. Ponder is still an enigma
The Vikings are going into the season with Christian...