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Key matchup: James vs. the backup LBs

Tyrone McKenzie

The Vikings have a lot of sorting out to do at their backup linebacker spots, and those players will receive a difficult challenge with 49ers rookie LaMichael James. Roster spots are on the line and this is the first test.

Typically, there are matchups that are critical to the outcome of games that feature some of the top stars on the Vikings and their opponents. Such battles during the season will include Adrian Peterson, Matt Kalil, Percy Harvin, Christian Ponder, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Chad Greenway and Antoine Winfield. However, in the first preseason game, all of those guys will be on the sidelines...

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