Seahawks Game Recap
The Vikings faced the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle Friday night. The final was 20 – 13 in favor of the Seahawks, but preseason scores of course are completely irrelevant. What is important though is how players play, returning stars, rookies, guys trying to get a starting job, and guys fighting for a spot on the 53-man roster. The Vikings got good looks at each of these.
For the stars, Stefon Diggs showed that he is looking to pick up where he left off last season. He made nice grabs, and gained solid yardage after the catch, racking up 65 yards on 4 receptions, including a stellar 39 yarder. It was the rookie tight end Bucky Hodges who snagged 2 catches for 54 yards including a touchdown. It was the Vikings’ only touchdown of the game, which was thrown by Taylor Heinicke. Sam Bradford looked good, throwing 7/11 and 95 yards. Case Keenum was solid as well: 12/18 70 yards. Heinicke was 6/9 with 84 yards a touchdown and an interception. Rookies Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley reeled in 4 and 2 catches respectively, and continued to look solid as receivers. One blemish for Rodney Adams was his muffed punt. Michael Floyd and Jarius Wright also hauled in 2 and 3 catches, respectively, for the Vikings.
In the running game, Dalvin Cook looked as impressive as he did against the Bills, posting 40 yards on 7 carries. He was shifty and able to shed off defenders. He looks very good and it will be interesting to see how the role of running back plays out with Cook, Jerick McKinnon, and Latavius Murray. Cook and McKinnon each had a reception out of the backfield. Murray has yet to play in a Vikings uniform, but ran for over 1000 yards for the Raiders in 2015 and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground with Oakland last season.
For the kickers, Marshall Koehn made a 29 yarder and an extra point, while Kai Forbath connected on a 51 yard attempt. The offensive line was much improved from week 1, which was nice to see. Pat Elflein appears to have established himself as the starting center.
49ers Game Preview
The Vikings take on the 49ers Sunday night. In week 3 of the preseason, plan to see more of the starting offense. Hopefully Laquon Treadwell makes an appearance and is able to contribute. He is coming off of an injury and an underwhelming rookie season. Look for Dalvin Cook to continue to improve as a runner and receiver. The offensive line will hopefully continue to look better and better and give Sam Bradford a solid pocket come the regular season, as well as allow holes for Dalvin Cook to burst through, as he has proven he is capable of.
Look for Sam Bradford to continue to spread the ball around. He seems to be doing a good job of looking around the field, making good reads through his progression and finding the open man. If this continues it can be very helpful in allowing receivers to have a break out day, as defenders do not know who to prepare for. However, Stefon Diggs is clearly the number one option. Enjoy the kicking battle as it will continue to unfold with both kickers and punters, all four of whom have looked good, but it is assumed that only two of those will have spots on the roster of 53. Enjoy Vikings football on Sunday night with a more regular season feel, and enjoy the improvements of the squad throughout!