Vikings vs Titans

Minnesota’s starting offense played the entire first half and corrected many aspectsthat undermined the Vikings against Jacksonville when they netted 13 yards on 16 plays. The Vikings also had just one penalty for five yards, compared to seven for 47 yards by the Seahawks.

On Friday, however, the first-team ran 15 plays for a net of 54 yards on its opening possession and totaled 209 yards on 43 plays, capitalizing on what is likely the final “dress rehearsal” before the regular season opens Sept. 9.

The Vikings (2-1) will close their preseason slate by visiting the Tennessee Titans on Thursday. Kickoff will be 7 p.m. (CT).

While alarming at first, the numbers were impacted significantly by a 55-yard pass completion on the game’s final play. Removing that play knocks down Seattle’s average to 4.5 yards.

One area of mild concern, however, was that the Seahawks averaged 4.3 yards per carry and limited the Vikings to 2.4 yards per carry.

That rate might seem a little tilted toward the pass, but it also reflects Minnesota involving running backs and fullback C.J. Ham in the passing game to counter a Seattle defense that was stiff against the run.

Minnesota was 12-of-21 on third downs (57 percent) a week after going 0-for-12, and the first team was 7-for-10.

Dalvin Cook converted the first with a 1-yard run on his second of two carries. Latavius Murray scored on a 1-yard touchdown on a third-and-goal play.

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