The Vikings topped the Seahawks 25-19 on Sunday night at U.S. bank Stadium.
Adam Thielen turned in every other brilliant grasp before he and the starters headed to the sideline, backup quarterbacks Sean Mannion and Kyle Sloter had strong performances, and Brandon Zylstra made the most of his opportunities.
The protection constrained the Seahawks on -thirds in their 0.33 downs and kept Seattle’s offense from scoring a landing, and the unique groups gadgets explored their alternatives with new punter/kicker Kaare Vedvik.
Here are 3 stats that stood out:
- Vikings dominate time of possession
Seattle led the NFL in rushing yards in keeping with sport (160) and ranked 6th in time of ownership, maintaining the ball for a mean of 31:15, in 2018.
On Sunday, but, it was Minnesota that controlled the floor game on offense and protection and the clock.
The Vikings outgained the Seahawks 137 to 76 by means of going for walks 39 instances, in comparison to 23 attempts through Seattle.
Minnesota possessed the ball a whopping 38:10, for a time-of-possession advantage of nearly 17 mins, which become noted through Head train Mike Zimmer in the course of his postgame interview.
2. Good where it matters most — the red sector
Zimmer became annoyed by way of multiple third-down conversions, however the overall costs had been strong.
Minnesota limited Seattle to 4-for-12 (33 percent) on the essential down and transformed 11 of 18 (61 percentage).
Those charges can frequently be pivotal in games, however the Vikings have been even higher inside the red sector on each aspects of the ball.
Seattle went 0-for-3 in terms of scoring a touchdown after transferring within the 20-yard line (such as 0-for-2 when dealing with a purpose-to-pass situation).
Minnesota scored touchdowns on three of its 5 possessions inside the Seattle 20 (along with 3-for-4 in goal-to-pass).
3. Zero sacks allowed — again!
Previous to final week’s 2019 preseason opener in New Orleans, it have been 10 years for the reason that Vikings went via a preseason sport without permitting a sack.
The wait for every other such game became fewer than 10 days.
Kirk Cousins ( possessions), Sean Mannion (3 possessions that protected a pass heavy 2-minute drill) and Kyle Sloter (4 possessions) played and were now not sacked.
Cousins and Sloter utilized greater designed actions than Mannion, who labored extra from the pocket. Mannion took more than one hits however were given the ball out under pressure.
The remodeled offensive line and new scheme deserve credit score. it will be thrilling to see if the unit can maintain it going once defenses get more unusual in the regular season.