Anticipating kickoff

MINNEAPOLIS -- Just took a stroll on the Metrodome field, where I would say the mood is mostly festive with a bit of anxiety mixed in. To ensure its home-field advantage, Minnesota is going to need some early success in his game.

If you’re into omens, interpret this as you wish: A little while ago, a water pipe burst over part of the press box. The ensuing sewer flood is being cleaned up now. I personally think the Vikings arrange for such events at high-profile games to remind us how urgent it is devote $700 million in taxpayer money toward a new stadium.

Finally, it was interesting to see former NFL coach -- and University of Minnesota star -- Tony Dungy on the field visiting with Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, his former assistant in Indianapolis. Dungy was outspoken last week about Frazier’s role in the interview process Seattle used to ultimately hire Pete Carroll as its head coach.