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Sunday slant: Sunday's showdowns to watch

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At each stage of Sunday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers, there are intriguing players when it comes to personnel decisions. From starting roles to those just looking to avoid "The Turk," we list the top players to watch, with insight from the coaches. Plus, some scoops on roster procedures that will affect the number of cuts and the salary cap.

Preseason game No. 3 is mostly about getting the first-team offense and defense in a rhythm as the "dress rehearsal" for the regular-season opener. But with roster cuts due on Tuesday (the Vikings may make theirs on Monday), the personnel decision-makers need to make final evaluations on more than a dozen players (see Quick Slants below) before the fourth preseason game. Most of the starters... Recommended Stories