Minnesota Vikings close out the preseason with a loss vs. Broncos

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The Minnesota Vikings ended their preseason by taking on the Denver Broncos in a game that saw 33 players sit out of the action.

Once again, the Minnesota Vikings played on the side of caution by having 33 players sit out of their final preseason game of the year. Their game against the Broncos didn’t have much excitement, but that is the case with exhibition contests much of the time.

For fans, games lacking star players don’t have the punch that would give them a regular-season feel, but for the players on the field, this could be their final opportunity to impress the team enough to have them stick on the team’s roster or practice squad this season.

There are still roster spots up for grabs in Week 3 of the preseason, making this the most important game of their lives. Even though wins and losses aren’t important, the players giving it their all on the field can make or break a career.

Final score: Minnesota Vikings 13 – Denver Broncos 23

A lot was on the line for Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond. The two quarterbacks each played one full half of football, but neither was impressive enough to separate themselves from each other and make it clear who deserves a roster spot.

Former Vikings running back Mike Boone looked great against his former team while the Vikings struggled to move the ball through the air. Also, the Broncos outplayed the Minnesota quarterbacks, even stripping Mannion and returning the fumble for a score.

Up next, the Minnesota Vikings kick off their regular season at home against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 11. It will be great to see the starters in action for the first time this year in the division battle.

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