"They are both doing a great job and we'd be good with either one of those kids," Tice said. "They both really have had great preseasons. They both deserve to kick in this league and it will be a tough decision."
Elling has the stronger leg and therefore can boom it into the end zone, but Edinger is the more reliable when it comes to career percentage on field-goal attempts (75.3 percent to 70.3 percent).
The Vikings are very familiar with Elling. He was their kicker in 2003 and was expected to hold the role in 2004 but a rough stretch got him cut after training camp. Elling eventually returned to the team as a kickoff specialist.
Edinger, released by Chicago after spending five seasons with the Bears, was pursued by the Vikings as a restricted free agent in 2003. Edinger had a rough 2004, hitting a career-low 62.5 percent of his field-goal attempts.
Both kickers appear to have plenty of confidence in camp. While Edinger isn't a threat to consistently put his kickoffs into the end zone, he has done it on occasion. In last Friday's preseason game against the Jets, Edinger's first kickoff of the night went 70 yards and ended up as a touchback.
Edinger missed the Vikings' only field-goal attempt of the night, hitting the left upright from 38 yards out. However, Edinger was hit on the play and the roughing the kicker call gave the Vikings a first down. Both Edinger and Elling were perfect on field goals in the exhibition opener, with Edinger hitting from 48 yards and Elling from 40.
Meanwhile, it appears Darren Bennett's punting job is safe despite his early preseason struggles. Bennett, who has had a good camp, struggled against Kansas City and then got off to a rough start against the Jets when his first attempt went only 29 yards and was returned to the New York 31-yard line.
Tice decided to let Bennett work his way out of the slump, giving him all seven punts in the game. He ended up with a 43.7-yard average, with a long of 51 and one inside the 20-yard line.
Tice had planned to use second-string punter Travis Dorsch against the Jets and promised that Dorsch would see action this Friday against San Diego.
"He deserves it," Tice said of Dorsch. "He has been with us for two years. I really like the kid. He deserves some kicks. He's only punted about five times for us in games, in two pre-seasons. I don't think that's a fair shot, myself."