Vikings vs Seahawks: The Vikings will kick off the fourth season in U.S. Bank Stadium history by hosting the Seahawks at 7 p.m. (CT) Sunday in the second preseason contest of 2019 for Seahawks vs Vikings teams.
This will be the second consecutive season with Seattle visiting Minnesota in the preseason and hosting the Seahawks vs Vikings in a December regular-season game.Minnesota opened its preseason slate with a 34-25 win at New Orleans; Seattle began its campaign at home Seahawks vs Vikings and defeated Denver 22-14.
The Seahawks head to Minnesota Saturday ahead of Sunday night’s game against the Vikings, their second preseason trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in as many years. As always, the final score isn’t all that significant in the preseason, but there will be plenty to learn about the team as the Seahawks play the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
1. How do the full (or closer to it) starting offense and defense look in their preseason debuts?
Unlike past preseason openers under Pete Carroll when starters saw at least some playing time, several of Seattle’s veteran starters, including quarterback Russell Wilson, sat out last week’s game all together.
While Carroll was mum on the plans for this week, joking that he “had a really bad performance” in last week’s press conference when he admitted that Wilson and others would sit out the game, it’s likely that we’ll see more starters get at least some playing time against the Vikings.
And while the following preseason game at the Los Angeles Chargers will see the starters get their most playing time, it will be a good test for the starters this week when they face a Vikings team that features a lot of talent on both sides of the ball.
Will Russell Wilson look as sharp against a good Vikings defense as he has throughout camp? Will the offensive line and the running game pick up where it left off in 2018? How is the pass rush, minus Ziggy Ansah, who is still working his way back? Can the defense accomplish one of Carroll’s biggest stated goals by cutting down on explosive plays allowed?
Seattle’s rookies showed a lot of promising things in the preseason opener, from Cody Barton’s solid play at middle linebacker to Marquise Blair’s big hits and solid tackling, to Ugo Amadi’s work on special teams, to Jazz Ferguson’s big day at receiver. But there were also rookie mistakes, which is inevitable for players making their NFL debuts.
The Seahawks are looking to get a lot out of their rookie class in 2019, and while jobs won’t necessarily be won or lost on Sunday, it would be encouraging if those young players can take another step forward in their second game.
“I think it was pretty obvious to us just going through practice this week—and we had the bonus practices (earlier in the week)—the game really benefitted those guys,” Carroll said. “They really came out of it feeling better, you could sense the confidence in them and the “OK,
I can do this’ kind of thing, it was clear in a number of guys. Which is a really good sign, they were uncertain going in, they played real hard and they showed themselves that they’re worthy of being here. So we’ll expect that they step forward again, hopefully they’ll be a little clearer on their assignments and do things right and make some good choices as well as play real hard.”