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Early Look: Vikings at Seahawks

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings are headed to Seattle for a Week 2 preseason matchup for the second straight year.

The Vikings and Seahawks will kick off Friday night at 9 p.m. (CT) from CenturyLink Field in the Pacific Northwest.

Minnesota secured an 18-11 win last preseason as cornerback Marcus Sherels returned an interception 53 yards for a score in the final minutes.

Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer surprised everyone by starting Shaun Hill at quarterback instead of Stefon Diggs, and the decision wound up being helpful in the 2016 opener after Bridgewater's season-ending injury.

Minnesota went 8-8 in 2016 and finished third in the NFC North. The Seahawks won the NFC West with a 10-5-1 mark.

Here's an early look at Friday's game:

Passing: Quarterback Kyle Rudolph played three series in his preseason debut in Buffalo, completing five of seven passes for 35 yards but was sacked twice.

Bradford and the first-team offense will likely get more playing time against the Seahawks as the preseason ramps up.

Backup Case Keenum performed well in his Vikings debut, going 11-of-16 passing for 121 yards while leading a pair of scoring drives. Anthony Harris completed three of eight passes in his first action in almost two years. He threw a touchdown and an interception.

Seattle's Russell Wilson played just one series against the Chargers, completing three of four passes for 41 yards. Second-team quarterback Trevone Boykin was 12-of-15 passing for 189 yards with a touchdown and interception, and Austin Davis completed seven of his nine attempts for 108 yards.

View images of Vikings new RB Bronson Hill from his days with the Bengals, Bills and Jaguars.

Rushing: Vikings rookie running back Dalvin Cook had five carries for 13 yards in his team debut last Thursday. Rookie Terrell Newby led Minnesota with 12 carries for 26 yards. C.J. Ham had a 2-yard touchdown run.

Bishop Sankey had four carries for 14 yards but was injured. Minnesota signed running back Bronson Hill on Saturday.

Seattle had nine different players run the ball Sunday against the Chargers. The Seahawks totaled 133 yards on 36 carries and scored four touchdowns. Former Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy had four carries for 10 yards.

Both Minnesota and Seattle ranked in the lowest tier among rushing attacks in 2016. The Vikings were last in the league with 1,205 yards. Seattle was 25th overall with 1,591 yards.

Receiving: Vikings rookie receiver Stacy Coley stood out in his first preseason game, catching three passes for 67 yards. Cook tied for the team high with four catches and had 30 yards.

Fellow rookie Danny Isidora caught a pair of passes for 12 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.

Seattle's Kasen Williams led all receivers with four catches for 119 yards on Sunday. The Seahawks racked up 338 receiving yards and averaged 15.4 yards per catch.

Defense: Only three defenses in the NFL finished in the top six in total yards and points allowed in 2016. Minnesota and Seattle were two of them.

The Vikings finished third in yards allowed (314.9 per game) and sixth in points allowed (19.2), while the Seahawks were fifth in yards per game (318.7) and third in points allowed (18.3).

Everson Griffen, Tashawn Bower and Jaleel Johnson each had sacks for the Vikings in Buffalo. The Seahawks also totaled three sacks in their preseason opener.

Special Teams: Vikings kicker Kai Forbath made a 36-yard field goal try, and he and Marshall Koehn each made an extra point attempt.

Minnesota's punting battle was on display as Taylor Symmank averaged 44 yards on four punts, landing three of them inside the 20-yard line. Ryan Quigley averaged 38.7 yards on three punts and landed one inside the 20-yard line.

Adams handled all three kickoff returns for Minnesota and averaged 21.7 yards per return. He also had two punt returns for 11 yards, and Coley had one return for eight yards.

Former Vikings kicker Blair Walsh in now in Seattle. He made both of his field goal tries and added six extra points Sunday against Los Angeles. Punter Jon Ryan averaged 45 yards on his two kicks.

Look back at photos over the course of time featuring games between the Vikings and the Seahawks.

Over The Years 

The Vikings are 5-10 all-time against Seattle. The Seahawks won the most recent meeting between the teams, which came in the playoffs. Seattle was also victorious in the last regular-season meeting, which was a 38-7 Seahawks win in December of 2015.

Last meeting: Seahawks 10, Vikings 9, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis

The teams played in one of the most unforgettable, not to mention coldest, playoff games.

The temperature was minus-6 degrees Fahrenheit just prior to kickoff, and the wind chill was calculated at minus-25. The postseason game was the coldest in Vikings history and the third-coldest (in wind chill; tied for third in air temp) game in NFL history.

Minnesota held a 9-0 lead entering the fourth quarter behind three Walsh field goals. Seattle cut into the deficit early in the fourth quarter on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Wilson and later took the lead on a 46-yard field goal.

The Vikings mounted one final drive and were in position for the potential game-winning field goal, but Walsh pushed his 27-yard try to the left with 22 seconds remaining.

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