The Vikings face the Bills in Buffalo tonight in the second of four preseason games. After minimal action last week, the starters are expected to play for most of the first quarter. While hopes are high, there are certain things we as fans would like to see this season.

As Vikings fans, we have learned to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Here, according to Bleacher Report, are the eight things that Vikings fans want to see this season:

  1. The Arrival of Christian Ponder. Last season he was the 34th ranked QB in the league, making this do-or-die year for number-seven. Matt Cassel is ready and waiting.
  2. Cordarrelle Patterson as a Starter. This guy is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. We could be starting across from Greg Jennings before the season starts.
  3. Greg Jennings Torching the Green Bay Packers. We're rooting for Greg Jennings to streak down the field and haul in a long ball from Ponder against the Packers as he strolls into the end zone. I can hear the horns blowing already.
  4. More of Sharrif Floyd.  Although he'll be backing up Kevin Williams, his continued great play could have him stealing snaps from Williams by mid-season.
  5. Dominant Offensive Line Play. With Kalil, Sullivan, and Loadholt leading the way, dominant o-line play is what Vikings fans want to see this season.
  6. Everson Griffen Turn Into the Next Big Thing. Trying to build on last year's eight-sack season, Vikings fans want to see this young man continue to terrorize offenses as he lines up all over the field.
  7. Answers at the Nose Tackle position. With such a deep and talented defensive line, the only real question mark comes at the nose tackle position, with Fred Evans and Letroy Guion vying for the starting spot.
  8. The Vikings Win a Playoff Game. Last year's loss to the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs left Vikings fans with a bitter taste in our mouths. A playoff win would set this great Vikings nation ablaze.

Tonight's preseason game against the Bills can be seen on KARE-11 at 6:00 CDT.