There is little doubt the folks at ESPN are delighted the Vikings preseason game at Houston was scheduled for a Monday night — long before Brett Favre decided he would play another season. The Vikings likely aren’t as thrilled by the schedule.
The reason is simple: As we wrote earlier this week, it’s going to cause for an incredibly short week. The Vikings will play Houston on Monday and then follow with their preseason finale against Dallas on Friday at the Metrodome. The original plan was to play that Dallas game on Thursday but that wasn’t possible once it was decided the Vikings and Texans would have a Monday night contest.
Thus, one day after facing the Texans, the Vikings (and the rest of the teams in the NFL) are going to cut down to 75. Then a day after the Dallas game, rosters will be cut to the regular-season limit of 53. That means there isn’t going to be much time to review the Cowboys film before cuts are made by 3 p.m. the next day.
The past couple of years, the Vikings have closed the preseason on a Thursday and then informed a group of players the next day that they hadn’t made it. A final group was then told on Saturday. Given the way the schedule is structured this year, all the players are going to have to be told on the same day.
As for preparations for Monday, the Vikings will hold another practice at Winter Park this morning. It should be a short one. The team will then travel to Houston on Sunday.