Vikings Territory #content maker Drew Mahowald recaps the Minnesota Vikings’ Preseason Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills.
Football. Is. Back.
We made it through the offseason and we made it through training camp. It’s finally time to see the squad in full uniform battle players other than their own teammates.
The 2017 Vikings’ first preseason action went about as expected in a general sense — offensive execution was sloppy, and the defense took advantage to create opportunities for turnovers and 3-and-outs.
After a scoreless first quarter, the teams each tallied field goals in the second quarter to go into halftime at a 3-3 score. Minnesota’s offense found a spark in the third quarter when second-string quarterback Case Keenum led a seven-play, 69-yard drive that culminated with a CJ Ham two-yard rushing touchdown.
Shortly after, third-string quarterback Taylor Heinicke found Rodney Adams in the flat for a two-yard touchdown via a funky goal line play design by offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to push the lead to 17-3.
Buffalo cut the lead in half after a one-yard touchdown reception by Dezmin Lewis on a pinpoint fade route pass from Nathan Peterman. Minnesota then played keep-away the rest of the game, and a botched snap on a fourth-down play during Buffalo’s final drive effectively ended the game.
The game featured several bubble players taking advantage of opportunities presented to stabilize themselves as favorites for the 53-man roster. Others saw themselves slip farther and farther away from that status.
And for some, their position group is in such flux that nobody really knows what to think (yes, this line is about the offensive line).
See the key takeaways from preseason game No. 1, below: