Minnesota Vikings vs Steelers: Hall of Fame Game review

5 of 5

Overall Impressions

Aug 9, 2015; Canton, OH, USA; Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph (82) makes a catch while being tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Shayon Green (49) and inside linebacker

Ryan Shazier

(50) during the first quarter at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Overall, I think this was a solid first outing for the Minnesota Vikings.  The first team offense and defense looked good, even without former NFL MVP Adrian Peterson.  Although the Pittsburgh Steelers sat many of their starters for this contest, it was still nice to see some professional football on my television.

While it would have been fun to see a higher scoring game with bigger hits and big plays, it is a huge win when a team can leave a game without any major injuries and evaluate their players.  The Steelers weren’t as lucky, as kicker Shaun Suisam tore his ACL during the game and is done for the season.

I’ll take a win where the starters looked good any day of the week.  Plus, I didn’t even get a chance to mention the fantastic play of guys like Tom Johnson, Justin Trattou, Shamar Stephen and Andrew Sendejo in my top positive things I took out of this game.

The final thing to remember is that this is just one preseason game that was filled with many young players who are either new to the NFL or are fighting for a roster spot.  You can’t place too much emphasis on anything that happened, as we will need a much larger body of work before we can jump to any conclusions about who should be released or promoted.

But it sure was nice to watch football again, right?

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