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Vikings vs. Jaguars: Week 1 Preview

Heidi braids. Check. Worn-out Jared Allen jersey. Check. Brand new pair of purple and gold Zubaz. Check. Now that you're ready for the 2012 Vikings season to start, check out what the experts are saying about Sunday's Minnesota-Jacksonville matchup.
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It's that time of year again. The Fair is over. The Twins are in last place. The Gophers might lose to another FCS school. Where or where are the Vikings to temporarily relieve us of our sports misery?

At home, Sunday. Against Jacksonville. The purple are 4-point favorites, which might be a rarity following that 3-13 season.

So, what should we really expect? NFL.com, in this video clip, says it'll basically be a battle of young quarterbacks.

At CBS Sports, prognosticator Pat Kirwin says the Vikings should use extreme caution with Adrian Peterson, and sees the Jaguars escaping with a win:

Over at the DailyNorseman, blogger Eric J. Thompson likens Week 1 to The First Day of School, complete with figuring out "who developed" over the summer. Pretty entertaining stuff, to be honest.

Our favorite take? It has to be from the sensible Tom Powers, Pioneer Press writer. As he puts it, Sunday is just Game 1 of Year 1 of a grand rebuilding program -- so brace yourself.

How to get through it? We suggest a constant humming of this:

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