Marcus Sherels went from a pass interference penalty to a pick six in the span of two plays, delivering late-game heroics for the Vikings in an 18-11 win Thursday over the Seahawks in Seattle.
Sherels stepped in front of an offering from rookie Trevone Boykin and returned the ball 53 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 left in the game.
Boykin and the Seahawks flirted with an answer, benefitting from a 53-yard pass interference call against Mackensie Alexander, but Justin Trattou and Travis Raciti split a sack to force a third-and-goal at the Minnesota 15. Boykin's final attempt to Antwan Goodley fell incomplete and gave Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer his 10th win in 11 preseason games.
The Vikings opened by putting considerable pressure on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, sacking him four times and allowing just five completions on 11 attempts by the Pro Bowler.
The first-team defense constrained Wilson to 77 yards through the air. He did not run the ball but did show multiple option looks.
The tally for Seattle on its first three possessions: 20 offensive snaps, 79 net yards in the game's first 20 minutes.
Zimmer started reserve veteran Shaun Hill in place of Teddy Bridgewater. Hill finished 10-of-17 passing for 129 yards and led the Vikings on an eight-play, 77-yard touchdown drive capped with a 2-yard run by Jerick McKinnon, who started in place of Adrian Peterson. Hill also connected with McKinnon on a 2-point conversion pass.
Blair Walsh kicked a 27-yard field goal as the first half expired, but was wide left on a 47-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Undrafted rookie running backs Jhurrell Pressley added 28 rushing yards on his first six carries in the NFL, and C.J. Ham turned in 25 yards on eight attempts.
Adam Thielen led the Vikings with 61 receiving yards on four catches, and Kyle Rudolph added 54 yards on two receptions.
Trattou totaled 1.5 sacks, joining Linval Joseph, Everson Griffen, Anthony Barr and Andrew Sendejo in the barrage.
Notes: Shamar Stephen started in place of Sharrif Floyd at defensive tackle, Audie Cole started in place of Eric Kendricks at middle linebacker, and Joe Berger started in place of Brandon Fusco at right guard. The Vikings started Michael Griffin at safety alongside Harrison Smith before Sendejo relieved Smith and worked with Griffin for a few plays.
The Vikings announced before the game that WR Jarius Wright, CB Melvin White, CB Tre Roberson, S Anthony Harris, LB Eric Kendricks, LB Brandon Watts, G Brandon Fusco, DT Sharrif Floyd and DT Scott Crichton were on a "not-expected-to-play" list.
View images from the Vikings' second preseason game of 2016 as they took on the Seahawks in Seattle.