Minnesota Vikings vs Dallas Cowboys: Preseason game review

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Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson (84) returns a kick off 108 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Good

  1. Anthony Barr looking as athletic as ever.  When it was announced that Barr felt better than he ever has, it was hard to believe him.  But seeing him zipping all over the football field and even getting pressure on the Cowboys quarterback is great to see.  I expect big things from this young man.
  2. Cowboys struggling to contain Sharrif Floyd.  He’s a powerhouse in the middle of the defense, and Dallas didn’t seem to have an answer for him.  He was consistently pushing the offensive line backwards and disrupting both the run game and pressuring the passer.
  3. Cordarrelle Patterson had a big 107 yard kick return touchdown.  Perfect timing for a huge play like that when so many other people were down on him.  It helps show his value to the team while they work on the details of improving his play at wide receiver.
  4. Teddy Bridgewater.  I’ve been kind of quiet about Bridgewater in my reviews.  Maybe that’s because I’ve become to expect good accuracy and a solid pocket presence, but seeing that great pass to Mike Wallace for a big gain and him ending the day completing all 7 passes for 76 yards is a great thing.
  5. No major injuries.  I’ll say it every week.  Any preseason game where you can get experience and get away from the game healthy, that’s a huge win.  Right now, in the scope of things, the Minnesota Vikings injuries have been relatively minor with the exception of right tackle Phil Loadholt.

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