Sunday evening on the NFL gridiron and we will see the Seattle Seahawks battle the Minnesota Vikings in preseason football action. The Contest has a start time of 8:00 pm ET and will take place at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Seahawks are off a 22-14 home win over the Broncos, while the Vikings took out the Saints on the road by a score of 34-25.
The Defense Was Tough Against the Broncos
The Seattle Seahawks had a solid 10-6 season a year ago, but it could be tough for them to reach the 10-win plateau this year as the Rams will again be the best team in the division while the Niners will be a team that is much improved. The Seahawks did get off to a good start in the preseason this year as they beat the Broncos at home by a score of 22-14. Last year they were 0-4 in the reseason and that included a 21-20 loss at Minnesota. The Seahawks had been one of the better defensive teams over the years, but last year they slipped to 19th in the league in yards allowed.
The defense could have a bounceback year as the Hawks used six of their 11 draft picks on that side of the ball. The defense looked good in the opener as they allowed the Broncos to put up just the 14 points on 291 yards of total offense. The run defense was middle of the pack a year ago, but they allowed the Broncos just 91 yards on the ground. Their lone first-round pick, DL LJ Collier did not play as he is nursing an ankle injury and he may not play in this one either. 2nd round pick Marquise Blair had a good showing with three tackles and two assists. DB Jamal Taylor didn’t have an INT in 14 games last year, but he picked off a pass in the opener. The defense looks like it could be one of the better in the league again.
The offense had a decent showing as they put up 301 yards of total offense. the running game was tops in the league last year and it picked right up where it left off as the Seahawks had 151 yards rushing in the contest. Xavier Turner led the way with 42 yards as he is trying to make the team as an undrafted player. The running game is again in good shape overall and will be led by Chris Carson, who had 1151 yards last year. He did not play in the opener.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) August 11, 2019
The backup QB battle will be interesting now that the Seahawks brought in JT Barrett to battle Geno Smith and Paxton Lynch. They had to bring in Barrett after it was announced that Smith needs to have surgery to remove a cyst on his knee. The backup job will probably go to Lynch and he looked good in the opener, completed 11 of 15 yards and a TD, while also rushing for 38 yards and a TD. Lynch and Barrett will get the majority of the snaps in this one. We may see Russell Wilson for a series, but no more, while Smith is expected to receive limited action due to the knee procedure.
The running game is in good shape, so the first two picks that Seattle made on offense were at WR and they had to as losing WR Doug Baldwin to free agency was a big loss. 2nd round pick DJ Metcalf had one catch for eight yards, while 4th round pick Garry Jennings was targeted twice but didn’t make a grab.
Vikings Had Their Offense Clicking
The Minnesota Vikings were just 20th in the league in total offense last year and 19th in scoring, putting up 22.5 ppg. They used seven of their 11 picks on the offensive side of the ball this year in hopes of jumpstarting the offense. Having Kirk Cousins back and in the 2nd year of this system should help as well. Cousins played in the opener and went 4-for-4 for 65 yards and a TD in the 34-25 win over the Saints Sean Mannion was brought in to battle for the backup QB slot and he had a very good showing as he hit 7-of-13 passes for 102 yards and a TD. In all, the Minnesota passing game racked up 24 yards through the air with three TDs and no INTs.
The running game had a strong showing also as they ran for 213 yards on just 27 carries. Mike Boone led the way with 70 yards and a TD, while Ameer Abdullah was 2nd with 63 yards. Getting the running game going for the Vikings is imperative as they were 30th in the league in rushing last year, putting up just 93.3 ypg on the ground. Minnesota wants more balance this year and so developing the ground game is a must, especially since the Vikes were 6th in the league in pass attempts per game at 37.9.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) August 12, 2019
Tyler Conklin had just 77 yards receiving in 16 games for the Vikes last year, but he led them in the opener with 56. The receiving corps didn’t get much of an upgrade in the offseason as their lone addition was 7th round pick Dillon Mitchell, who did not play against the Saints. The receiver corps is in good hands over with Adam Thielen, who had 1373 yards receiving and nine TDs a season ago. They also have Stefon Diggs, who had 1021 yards receiving and nine TDs a year ago. This was a group that didn’t need upgrading.
The defense for Minnesota was strong at 4th in the league in total yards and 9th in points allowed, giving up just 21.3 ppg. The run defense struggled against the Saints as they allowed them to pile up 141 yards on the ground, but the pass defense had a good showing, allowing just 196 yards through the air. The Vikiks used four picks on defense, but none until the 5th round. They chose Cameron Smith in the 5th round and he had four tackles and two assists in the contest. Minnesota will be looking for another solid effort from their defense in this one, but can they contain the top ground attack in the league? We shall see.
- The Dog is 1-5 ATS the last six games in this series
- 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 games on fieldturf.
- 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 home games