MINNEAPOLIS – The Vikings first-team offense wasn’t quite as flashy as last week but made some splash plays nonetheless.
The unit got more reps together in the team’s second preseason contest, playing two series in the first quarter against the Seahawks, and its outing was headlined by – wait for it – a highlight-reel catch by Adam Thielen.
On the Vikings second possession of the evening, they faced third-and-5 late in the first quarter, and Kirk Cousins let it fly. He hit Thielen in stride down the right sideline, and the receiver made the 34-catch look effortless just in front of Seahawks cornerback Shaquill Griffin.
Thielen’s play put the Vikings at the Seahawks 6-yard line, but a clipping penalty on tight end Kyle Rudolph backed them up to the 21.
Minnesota chipped away at the penalty yardage but wasn’t able to get in the end zone. A 3-yard run by Alexander Mattison and 6-yard catches by rookie Irv Smith, Jr., and Stefon Diggs set up a short field goal for Dan Bailey, who made the 24-yard attempt to put the Vikings on the board first.
The Vikings first possession of the evening looked steady to start but failed to yield any points.
Minnesota started the ball game on offense and picked up some chunk plays right off the bat, thanks to a 5-yard run by Mattison, 11-yard catch by Rudolph and consecutive catches by Thielen for gains of 6 and 5, respectively.
After getting into Seahawks territory, however, the Vikings stalled.
After an incompletion by Kirk Cousins, the quarterback fumbled the snap on the following play. It was recovered by fullback C.J. Ham. An incomplete pass on third-and-14 forced a punt by new specialist Kaare Vedvik.
Cousins finished the night 6-of-8 passing for 68 yards and a passer rating of 100.0 over the two drives.
Thielen caught all three balls thrown his way and led the team in receiving with 45 yards through the air.