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3 Stats That Stood Out: Vikings-Jaguars

The Vikings fell to the Jaguars 14-10 on Saturday in the second preseason contest for both teams.

Minnesota (1-1) will host Seattle (0-2) at 7 p.m. (CT) Friday as the preseason continues.

Head Coach Mike Zimmer opted to play offensive starters four series against the Jaguars, and the unit netted 13 yards on 16 total plays. The group never found its rhythm before tagging in the second-team offense, who faced Jacksonville's starters the rest of the first half.

As the day unfolded with some sputters and missed opportunities, it brought back memory of the Vikings only home loss in 2017, a 14-7 defeat at the hands of the Detroit Lions.

While a preseason outing and regular-season game aren't the same, there were some similar stats between those two games.

1. Lack of third-down conversions

The Vikings were 0-for-12 on third downs against the Jaguars. A conversion or two along the way could have helped generate some continuity and build momentum. (Minnesota was 3-for-10 on third downs last season against Detroit).

A significant factor was that Minnesota's multiple negative plays during drives put the offense behind the chains. Of the 12, only one was a third-and-3. The rest were third-and-5 or longer. Half of the third downs the Vikings faced required 10 or more yards for a new set of downs, including two third-and-19s.

2. Completions hard to come by

A week after Vikings passers combined to complete 24 of 32 passes (75 percent) in Denver, quarterbacks Kirk Cousins, Trevor Siemian and Kyle Sloter were a combined 18 of 33 passes (54.5 percent) against Jacksonville.

In the Detroit game last season, Case Keenum was 16-of-30 passing (53.3 percent) in his third start with the Vikings.

3. Time of possession

Related to the first two categories, the Vikings only held the ball for 23:54 out of a possible 60 minutes against the Jaguars.

Minnesota's time of possession against Detroit at home was just 23:33.

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