Vikings vs. Colts: 5 takeaways from Week 2 of the Preseason

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The offense can’t score

So far, the Minnesota Vikings have played eight quarters of preseason action. In those 96 minutes of football, the purple and gold have managed to put up 16 points. None of those points were scored by the team’s offense.

This might not be so bad if it were always second and third-string players on the field, but there were starters on the field for some of that time, and the team still couldn’t put together a drive to get in the end zone.

Even though the team’s offense shouldn’t be evaluated too harshly without Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson on the field, it is frustrating to see a total of 227 yards of offense with eight first downs and going 2-13 on third-down conversions.

With only one preseason game left, Minnesota needs to find some momentum. Their final chance to do this in the preseason will come in Week 3 against the Chiefs. It’s hard to know what the game plan is for the starters in this game, but Mike Zimmer should be considering playing at least some of his first-string offense on Friday night.