09 August 2008
Preseason week #1 Seattle 34 Vikes 17
I know you cannot look too much into this game. It is only the first preseason for crying out loud. There were up and down with game. It was an ugly game as a Viking fan let us just leave it at that.The Vikes turned the ball over 5 times(4 fumbles, 1 int), it lead to 20 Seahawk points.
The Vikes came out throwing:
So start off with is Tarvaris Jackson was of course the center of attention and he put up decent numbers: 8-11/118 yards/1 TD. He is looking better already than he did the beginning of last season. In which makes the Beloved Purple worry a little bit less.
The starting receiving corps that we upgraded this past season look impressive in the game. Bernard Berrian nearly had a TD grab from T-Jack, but tripping going out of bounds before getting in. Sidney Rice bulked up this past offseason will be a great #2 receiver for the Vikes this season.Thomas Tapeh made a triumphant return to the Dome by scoring a TD on a pass from Tarvaris Jackson.
With the Vikes used AD only a decoy in the first preseason game. I believe he was on the field for about 3 plays then he had the rest of the night off.Maurice Hicks led the Vikes with 32 yards on 7 carries. Chester Taylor had the lone rushing touchdown.
Jared Allen was explosive off the line is going to be fun to watch considering that we was lineup against one of the best OT in the league right now in Walter Jones.He was in the Seattle backfield quite often.The rest defense did not look like what they were advertised that is for damn sure(closing my eyes). It was not the whole group of #1s Pat Williams and Madieu Williams were gametime scratches from the lineup. Leslie Frazier played a relaxed defense with limited blitzing and whatnot. Seneca Wallce ripped through the Vikes most of the night did not really matter what string was out there.It is never a good feeling getting beat 34-17.Lets hope that the Vikes step it up come Week 1 in the regular season.
Some Side notes:
LB Heath Farwell and DE Jayme Mitchell tore ACLs in Friday night's loss to Seattle and are done for the 2008 season. This a good reason why coach are not fond of the preseason. Look at how many players are on the shelf for the season with one week in the books.
Next Saturday the Vikes visit the Ravens in Baltimore for Preseason game two.