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ReFocused, NFL Preseason Week 3: Minnesota Vikings 21, Seattle Seahawks 20

PFF’s ReFocused series this season features immediate takeaways and a key to the victory from two Senior Analysts who graded the performance, watching every player, on every play of the game.
Minnesota Vikings 21, Seattle Seahawks 20 Analyst Takeaways The Seattle first-team offense struggled to get much going in the dress rehearsal against the Vikings.
1 corner Shaquill Griffin specifically showed good fight in his battles with Diggs.
As far as the backups go, the most impressive Seahawk defender by far was defensive tackle Poona Ford.
Though he did have one extremely picture-perfect back-shoulder throw to Diggs at the end of the first quarter that went for 27 yards.
The Vikings’ biggest offensive issue continues to be the offensive line.
Wilson attempted to connect with running back Mike Davis lined up wide right, but linebacker Eric Kendricks made a fine play to swat away the vertical target.
Later in the second quarter, fellow linebacker Anthony Barr pulled Davis down on a route out of the backfield and followed that up with a hit on Carson that knocked the ball away on the next play.
Seattle: The Vikings’ secondary only permitted nine passing first downs to Seattle receivers.
Minnesota: Minnesota would’ve had this game in the bag if their offensive line could’ve blocked better in the first half.

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The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night, 21-20, continuing the third full week of preseason action in the NFL.

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FINAL SCORE

Minnesota Vikings 21, Seattle Seahawks 20

Analyst Takeaways

The Seattle first-team offense struggled to get much going in the dress rehearsal against the Vikings. Whether you view him as an offensive or defensive player, rookie punter Michael Dickson out of Texas easily stood out while playing a critical role in the field position battle. He started out his day with a 57-yard punt that bounced out-of-bounds at the Minnesota 3-yard line and then flipped the field with a 56-yard punt from his own 41-yard line that bounced out-of-bounds at the Vikings 1-yard line. Dickson averaged 53.6 yards on five punts and 268 total kicked yards.

We didn’t get to see rookie first-round running back Rashaad Penny due to his finger injury, but Chris Carson displayed signs of being back to full health by cutting effortlessly through the Vikings’ defensive line for a six-yard touchdown. His effort was combined with another healthy display from wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who had been recovering from multiple ailments. Quarterback Russell Wilson connected with Marshall on a fade route to the left sideline for a 20-yard gain in the coverage of cornerback Xavier Rhodes.

The Seahawks’ starting secondary had a solid showing, limiting the damage done by the Vikings’ impressive…

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