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Updated: August 19th, 2011 7:36pm
Preview: Familiar foes, unfamiliar receivers for Vikings at Seattle

Preview: Familiar foes, unfamiliar receivers for Vikings at Seattle

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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Who: Minnesota Vikings (0-1 preseason) at Seattle Seahawks (1-0).
When: 9 p.m. Saturday.
Where: CenturyLink Field (capacity: 67,000), Seattle.
TV: KARE (Channel 11).
Line: Seahawks by 3.
Coaches: Vikings -- Leslie Frazier (first season, 3-3 as interim coach in 2010). Seahawks -- Pete Carroll (second season, 7-9; sixth NFL season, 40-40 overall).
Series: The Seahawks lead 6-5 in regular-season games, but the Vikings have won three of the past four.
Last meeting: Brett Favre completed an incredible 22 of 25 passes for 213 yards, four touchdowns and a 141.8 passer rating in a 35-9 rout of the Seahawks on Nov. 22, 2009.
At stake: It's the second preseason game for both teams. The Vikings once again plan to focus on evaluating young players, with starters scheduled to depart by midway through the second quarter. The Seahawks plan to keep their starters on the field until halftime.

Injury report

Vikings: WR Percy Harvin (ribs), WR Greg Camarillo (groin), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring), LB Heath Farwell (hamstring), LB Kenny Onatolu (foot) and G Anthony Herrera (knee/triceps) are out. CB Asher Allen (toe), FB Matt Asiata (hip flexor) and DE D'Aundre Reed (calf) are questionable. LB Erin Henderson (knee), S Mistral Raymond (hamstring) and WR Stephen Burton (hamstrings) should play.

Seahawks: LT Russell Okung (ankle) and WR Ben Obamanu are out. CB Kelly Jennings, CB Walter Thurmond, CB Roy Lewis, DE Chris Clemons, DE Pierre Allen, DT Colin Cole, DT Ryan Sims, TE Cameron Morrah, TE John Carlson and WR Deon Butler missed practice time this week. DE Red Bryant and WR Kris Durham should play.

Three things to watch

Go west, young men: The Seahawks' offense should look familiar. Former Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell now is calling the shots in Seattle, with Tarvaris Jackson the starting quarterback and Sidney Rice the No. 1 receiver. This is, of course, just an exhibition. But it would be foolish to discount the emotional element -- on both sides -- when Jackson and Rice take the field. Jackson was 3-for-5 passing for 13 yards and took two sacks last week at San Diego. Rice sat out the game as a precaution, making Saturday night his Seahawks game debut. Shutting down their former teammates would put some sort of charge into a Vikings defense that put up little resistance early against Tennessee a week ago while playing without four starters. RE Jared Allen, UT Kevin Williams, LCB Antoine Winfield and RCB Cedric Griffin all are expected to play at least a series or two on Saturday.

Receiver wars: Harvin and Camarillo won't play. Veteran WRs Bernard Berrian and Michael Jenkins figure to be limited. That will leave plenty of snaps for the host of receivers -- most notable, Devin Aromashodu, Jaymar Johnson, Emmanuel Arceneaux and Juaquin Iglesias -- vying for one and perhaps two spots, depending how determined the Vikings are to keep Camarillo around. Aromashodu, who signed a one-year deal last month, took plenty of No. 1 reps with Harvin sidelined this past week. Johnson has disappeared of late on offense and probably has to make the team as a punt returner. Arceneaux seems to be making strides with his route-running. Special teams will factor in all of the decisions, but flashing under the lights sure can't hurt anyone's chances, especially if it helps QB Donovan McNabb get the first-unit offense moving.

Flip-flopping: Coaches will swap several players in and out of last week's starting lineup to take a look at different combinations against another foe's first unit. Tyrell Johnson will start at safety opposite Husain Abdullah in place of Jamarca Sanford. Rookie Christian Ponder will take the second-team quarterback reps in place of Joe Webb. Jasper Brinkley may get some action at weakside linebacker in place of Henderson, although Brinkley has struggled with coverage in practice. Most cloudy is the situation at right guard, where Scott Kooistra took the most reps with the first string this past week even as coaches continued to say the job will go to Herrera, Chris DeGeare or perhaps Ryan Cook. DeGeare took all the reps at right guard in training camp but none since last week's preseason opener, instead working at right tackle. Herrera, who is coming off knee reconstruction, struggled badly in one-on-ones. Frazier would like to make a decision after this game, but it's anyone's guess how things will shake out.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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