EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings fell 26-20 Sunday in their preseason opener against the Raiders in Las Vegas.
The game provided an opportunity for Head Coach Kevin O'Connell to have his first game-day trial run in the role. Minnesota made the day mostly about backups, including at quarterback, but also enjoyed several Vikings and/or NFL debuts on defense and some nice runs by Kene Nwangwu and Ty Chandler.
Here's a look at Minnesota's snap counts from Preseason Week 1:
— O'Connell had said he'd try to have Sean Mannion and Kellen Mond play about the same amount. It was really close. Mond played 26 snaps, compared to 25 by Mannion, who was in for Minnesota's first three series and returned to the game for a series early in the fourth quarter.
— Kyle Hinton, a guard drafted in the seventh round in 2020, played the most offensive snaps with 43. He joined LT Olisaemeka Udoh, C Austin Schlottmann, RG Ed Ingram and RT Blake Brandel with the second unit to replace Chris Reed (did not play) at left guard.
— Tight end Zach Davidson, a fifth-round pick last year, played 31 offensive snaps, the most of any skill position. Bisi Johnson was next at 30, and Ihmir Smith-Marsette was on the field for 26 offensive snaps. TE Ben Ellefson (23) and WR Trishton Jackson (22) were the only two other players with more than 20 snaps on offense. Veteran WR Albert Wilson caught two touchdowns among his 17 offensive snaps.
View game action photos between the Vikings and Raiders during the 2022 preseason opener at Allegiant Stadium.
— Alexander Mattison started in place of Dalvin Cook but played just eight offensive snaps, the same number as Minnesota's first-team offensive line and TE Johnny Mundt. Kene Nwangwu led all running backs with 19 offensive snaps, followed by Bryant Koback (15) and Ty Chandler (nine).
— Defensively, the Vikings had four players who were on the field for 34 or more snaps. Safety Myles Dorn led the way with 39. First-round pick Lews Cine and his second-round draft classmate Andrew Booth, Jr., each played 34 snaps, along with linebacker Troy Dye.
— Cornerback Kris Boyd and safety Josh Metellus each played 33 snaps. Linebackers Blake Lynch and Chazz Surratt each played 31 snaps on defense. Surratt tied with Dorn for the most snaps on special teams (12 each). Rookie CB Akayleb Evans also played 31 snaps on defense, along with Janarius Robinson, who led all outside linebackers.
— Parry Nickerson played the most in the nickel role. He was on the field for 27 snaps. Chandon Sullivan played the role for the first team, taking his first 11 defensive snaps as a Viking. Nate Hairston added 18 snaps.
— Defensive lineman James Lynch played 27 defensive snaps, one more than outside linebackers Pat Jones II and D.J. Wonnum. CB Cameron Dantzler, Sr., and S Camryn Bynum each played 26 snaps. T.Y. McGill, Jr., who recorded 2.0 sacks, played 12 defensive snaps, the same as Dalvin Tomlinson. Harrison Phillips called the coin toss for the Vikings and was on the field for 10 defensive snaps in his Vikings debut