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3 Observations: Vikings Prep For Seattle Crowd Noise

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings practiced for approximately 90 minutes at Winter Park on Tuesday afternoon in preparation for Thursday's preseason game in Seattle.

Minnesota, which will travel to the Pacific Northwest after holding a morning session Wednesday, won its preseason opener in Cincinnati.

Here are three observations from Tuesday's practice:

1. Pumping up the volume

With the Seahawks known for having one of the loudest crowds at CenturyLink Field, the Vikings used a sideline speaker to pump crowd noise into Tuesday's practice.

The Vikings primarily cranked up the volume when the first-team offense was on the field, especially during red zone drills.

Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said after practice that the crowd noise gives players a feel for what a hostile environment will be like.

"It's very close to what goes on in a real stadium, and that's why we do it," Bridgewater said. "It simulates what it's going to be like when we're playing on the road.

"It's good for our guys to execute," he added. "With everything going on, you just block out the crowd noise and do what you're supposed to do."

2. Using their safety cushion

Bridgewater and fellow quarterbacks Shaun Hill and Joel Stave found comfort in their tight ends Tuesday during team drills.

Bridgewater found tight end Kyle Rudolph on a perfect pass up the seam before the pair connected for a touchdown over the middle during a red zone drill.

Hill found a wide open MyCole Pruitt down the left sideline after the tight end used a double move to shake free of the defense. Tight end Brian Leonhardt later had a strong catch in traffic.

3. Diving deeper

The Vikings combined some elements of a training camp practice with one that will be more similar to the preparation work they will do when the regular season begins next month. Minnesota took some reps with show teams using carded plays on Tuesday to provide a glimpse of some of the looks the Vikings could see from the Seahawks offense and defense on Thursday.

Minnesota didn't prepare for Cincinnati in that capacity last week because the Vikings and Bengals went head-to-head in two days of scripted practices.

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