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Minnesota Vikings 21, Seattle Seahawks 20
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…