Minnesota Vikings Get Lift From Reserves In Win Over Seattle Seahawks

August 29, 2010- By Jonathan Lowell

With the 2010 NFL season approaching, the Minnesota Vikings are still working out the kinks of an offense with some new faces. Veteran quarterback Brett Favre saw the most reps of the pre-season against the Seattle Seahawks Saturday night, but threw two interceptions in the win.

The Seahawks too have an old-timer calling the shots in the offense in Matt Hasselbeck. Charlie Whitehurst got some reps as well, but neither could find a receiver in the endzone.

Bodog sportsbook had set the Vikings as 6 1/2 point favorites, a number they covered with the final score of 24-13. The over/under went under the 39-point line as the final score totaled just 37 points.

The first quarter brought little fireworks for both sides, but the defenses flourished. Favre was sacked on his first offensive series, causing a fumble that was recovered by Colin Cole. Chris Clemons recorded his first of two sacks on the night during that play. An Olindo Mare field goal was denied by an illegal formation penalty, and the next effort went wide right. Adrian Peterson led the way on a 61-yard drive that ended in a failed fourth-down conversion.

Favre was picked by rookie safety Earl Thomas early in the second quarter on a pass intended for Bernard Berrian. Thomas ran the pick back 86 yards for the score, and showed why he deserved to be picked over Taylor Mays, a former standout under head coach Pete Carroll. The Texas standout is considered the starting free safety on the 2010 Seattle Seahawks season preview. The Vikings quickly responded with a long kickoff return, and a 24-yard Peterson romp into the endzone. Mare and Ryan Longwell traded field goals to tie the score at 10, and the score would remain that way going into the half.

Marcus Trufant greeted Favre with another interception at the start of the third quarter, but failed to rack up any return yards. The following drive resulted in a field goal that put the Seahawks on top 13-10. Favre would be pulled midway into the third quarter for Tavaris Jackson. Jackson is currently listed second on the quarterbacks depth chart according to the 2010 Minnesota Vikings season preview.

With Jackson failing to produce much offense, Sage Rosenfels was given a shot to awaken the Vikings’ faithful. A deep 25-yard pass to Javon Walker put the Vikings ahead for good at 17-13. Joe Webb made an appearance late in the game, and padded the scoring with a seven-yard pass to Ryan D’Imperio for a touchdown. The game would end in a final score of 24-13.

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