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

(Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports) Jake Browning
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The defense looks good

The defense was a highlight for the Minnesota Vikings against the Colts. The biggest thing to love about this game was the debut of the “Meaty Boys” on Saturday. Michael Pierce and Dalvin Tomlinson looked like they will live up to the hype as monsters in the middle of that defensive line.

Quarterback pressure existed for the Vikings, but they failed to register a sack once again. Minnesota should be able to take down an opposing quarterback once Danielle Hunter returns to the lineup, but the three quarterback hits against Indy give at least some hope for a pass rush.

Hunter wasn’t the only player sitting out of this game for the defense. Anthony Barr, Patrick Peterson, and Xavier Woods also sat out. Even with them out, Minnesota kept the Colts from scoring a touchdown in this game and limited them to four field goals.

When this grouping gets to full strength, it could be quite formidable. Even if the offense continues to struggle, the defense might be able to keep the Minnesota Vikings in some games and give Kirk Cousins more opportunities to get points on the board.