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Vikings vs Seahawks Pre Season Game 2 Preview

August 19, 2011 by Brady in Game Predictions

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After a very disappointing preseason debut of the Minnesota Vikings new offense, head coach Leslie Frazier and his team will head to Seattle to take on the Seahawks.

The Vikings have seen many changes throughout this shortened off-season, especially at the quarterback position with acquiring Donovan McNabb for a 2012 6th round pick and 2013 conditional pick. and with Brian Robison possibly taking over the defensive end position, as it sounds, for Ray Edwards’ after his departure to the Atlanta Falcons.

The Vikings aren’t the only team that has seen drastic changes to their offense this off-season. Former Vikings offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, is now the Seahawks offensive coordinator. And with the Seahawks acquiring Bevell, he got head coach Pete Carroll to hop on the opportunity of bringing former Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson and former Vikings star wide receiver Sidney Rice to Seattle. They also acquired TE Zach Miller from the Oakland Raiders, who came off of an impressive 2010 season.

Last weekend, the Vikings faced the Tennessee Titans and their offense and defense looked sloppy, especially the secondary. Chris Cook, couldn’t deliver whatsoever, and allowed Jake Locker to throw his first touchdown pass with a 45-yard pass to receiver Yamon Figurs in the Titans’ 14-3 win.

For the Vikings to make the team look solid, they’ll need to improve how they rush the quarterback and how they defend during the passing game. They have solid linebackers with E.J. Henderson and Chad Greenway, but the second defense were slow to stop the pass last week when they rushed the quarterback.

We’ll be seeing a lot more of our starting offense this week, and we’ll see Adrian Peterson hold the ball a few more times too. He only held the ball once last week for a short gain and Toby Gerhart took over immediately after that.

Tarvaris Jackson is looking for that starting job in Seattle, after not getting much of a shot after Brett Favre was signed to take the job from Jackson in both the 2009 and 2010 season. Jackson is known to be inconsistent, and will perform solid one week and the next week he’ll fail to deliver that solid performance once again.

Jackson gave a not-so-good first impression in his first pre-season game, and Charlie Whitehurst played a lot more comfortable on the field than Jackson. Jackson only got five pass attempts and Whitehurst took over. Will Jackson and Rice be the combination that can officially change the Seahawks franchise, or will the Seahawks try for Whitehurst?

This week will definitely help answer some questions for both head coaches, who are still finalizing their depth chart. Will Christian Ponder, this years 12th overall selection in the 2011 draft, be the Vikings No. 2 QB? Or will 2nd year veteran, Joe Webb, claim it and be the man in charge if McNabb unexpectedly goes down? And one other major question is: who will be the starting defensive end along with Jared Allen, officially? Will Brian Robison be able to grasp it, or will Everson Griffin play solid and get his shot?

There are many questions that need answered, and we may see them after this game is done and over with.


  1. PaulAugust 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I’m really concerned about the Viking’s offensive line. Maybe we were just spoiled for so many years, but now it doesn’t seem like we can develop anybody. This could be a result of the coaching turnover though.

    It’s been tough to get a good read on how the Vikings will be this year. They are only 2 years removed from the NFC Championship game, but that already seems forever ago.

    My prediction is that Tavarais Jackson will look really good against us in the pre-season game. He’s a great pre-season and relief quarterback…don’t think he can make it as a starter though.

  2. BradyAugust 20, 2011 at 11:00 am

    I completely agree with you, and forgot to address the offensive line in my write-up of tonight’s game.

    The offensive line doesn’t allow the quarterback to see his options. We saw this with Brett Favre last year, when he had to throw the ball away (or throw it to a completely covered receiver and get a pick 6.)

    I hope Charlie Johnson does us some good in the replacement of Bryant McKinnie, who struggled year in and out.

    We need a solid line, once again, so we can get some points on the board. But I can’t see that happening this season right from the start. We’ll see some sacks on McNabb for a few weeks until they get their chemistry going with other teams.


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