Preseason Week 3 Ups and Downs: Minnesota Vikings vs. Seahawks
By Adam Carlson
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The good stuff vs Seattle
- Getting receivers involved. Until this game, there hasn’t been a notable first-team pass catcher other than Stefon Diggs. While Diggs still got a lot of love from Kirk Cousins, it was great to see Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph getting more involved…especially when it means picking up first downs.
- Vowing not to fumble again. Latavius Murray had two costly fumbles in the preseason game from Week 2, and it was obvious that bothers him. Murray was often times seen focusing on ball security when running, even securing the football with both hands on several occasions.
- Not allowing a first down in the first quarter. The Vikings defense dominated the time of possession in the first quarter, earning a three and out while the offense sustained some long drives to gain a lot of yards. That combination could be very frustrating to opposing offenses and exhausting to the defenses.
- Continuing to shine. Eric Wilson has been impressive for quite a while, and he has been showcasing his skills well through the team’s first three preseason games. He’s likely worked himself into becoming a key special teams player and the next man up on multiple linebacker spots.
- Making an impact early. George Iloka didn’t take long to change the game as soon as he entered the game. The former Bengals starter tipped a pass up to allow an Anthony Harris interception, which is exactly how skilled veterans should look against a third team opponent.