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5 Takeaways from the Vikings Win Over Seattle

The Vikings played their first game at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019, defeating the Seattle Seahawks 25-19 in Week 2 of the preseason. Here are five takeaways from Sunday night's preseason win over Seattle.

1. No sacks allowed for second straight game

There has been a lot of talk this offseason and training camp about the improvement the Vikings offensive line must showcase in order for the running game to get on track. The running game has looked good in the first two preseason games, but that hasn't been the only benefactor of the improved play up front. For the second consecutive week, the Vikings allowed zero quarterbacks sacks, an indication that the pass protection is on the improve every bit as much as the run blocking. Vikings quarterbacks attempted 35 passes and faced minimal pressure on Sunday night in Seattle just one week after they attempted 27 passes without taking a sack in New Orleans.

2. Vikings get good situational work versus Seahawks

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer is intentional about spending time each practice working on important situations that pop up over the course of the season. That practice paid off on Sunday night because the Vikings found themselves in several crucial situations in all three phases of the game. In a two-minute drill late in the 2nd quarter, the Vikings offense took just 43 seconds to drive 63 yards in seven plays and score a touchdown. The Vikings defense responded immediately by taking the field with 1:05 to play in the first half and held Seattle without a 1st down. With 5:15 to play in the 4th quarter, the Vikings scored a touchdown to take a 23-16 lead and then converted a two-point attempt to increase the lead to nine and all but eliminate the chances of overtime. Later in the 4th quarter, the Vikings offense took the field again, this time with a six-point lead and 3:12 remaining on the clock. Using their "four-minute offense," the Vikings gained two 1st downs and milked all but six seconds off the game clock. On special teams, the Vikings handled an onside kick situation late in the 4th quarter and also found ways to work in newly-acquired specialist Kaare Vedvik. All-in-all, Zimmer and his staff will have plenty of situational football to breakdown with the team this week during meetings and practices.

3. Sharp quarterback play provides optimal evaluation environment

Poor quarterback play can slow down a practice or preseason game and mire opportunities to evaluate other players at other positions. Conversely, effective quarterback play gives other players maximum opportunities to contribute and, thus, it gives coaches the best possible environment to evaluate players. Through two preseason games, Vikings quarterbacks are completing 76% of their passes, have authored a touchdown-interception ratio of 5-1 and have not taken any sacks. Coach Zimmer sounded pleased with the offense as a whole on Sunday night, saying multiple times during his press conference that the offense was able to move the ball.

View game action images as the Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night.

4. Even without Dalvin Cook, the RBs continue to shine (and produce)

No Dalvin Cook, no problem for the Vikings rushing attack through two preseason games. Rookie Alexander Mattison continues to show he can be a three-down back in the NFL immediately, and second-year pro Mike Boone has made the most out of each carry he's seen in the preseason. Mattison totaled 41 yards on 10 carries and added one catch for four yards while Boone ran the ball 21 times for 66 yards and also had one catch for 45 yards. In two preseason games, Mattison and Boone have combined for 207 rushing yards and one touchdown on 44 carries plus 50 yards and one touchdown on three receptions.

5. Defensive line depth tested again

For the second consecutive game, the Vikings held out starting defensive tackles Linval Joseph and Shamar Stephen. This generated more opportunities for young defensive tackles Jalyn Holms, Jaleel Johnson and Hercules Mata'afa, among others. How well those three interior players performed will be better judged on Monday and Tuesday once the tape can be assessed, but considering the Seahawks offense failed to score a touchdown and averaged only 3.3 yards per carry on Sunday night, odds are the youngsters stepped up to the plate again.