Seahawks-Vikings: What We Saw

We nearly headed into preseason overtime Thursday. Alas, the Seahawks couldn’t pull out the win…

Back-up quarterback Trevone Boykin tried some more last-second shenanigans to win the game (or, the tie) for the Seahawks, but alas — it didn’t work out this time.

The Minnesota Vikings walked away the winners, 18-11. The game was tied heading late into the fourth quarter before Boykin — competing for the backup spot to Russell Wilson — threw a pick-six.


It wasn’t all bad for Boykin! He had an insane leap for a pylon to make the two-point conversion after running back Troymaine Pope put the Seahawks on the board with a four-yard rushing touchdown.

Speaking of Pope: is this going to be the second year in a row that an undrafted rookie free agent running back makes a spot on the roster? Last year Thomas Rawls worked his way to the third spot in the running back rotation (before filling in for Marshawn Lynch as the starter). This year, Troymaine Pope is surprising us. He’s still got an uphill battle for a roster spot but in Thursday’s loss Pope finished the night with 86 rushing yards and a touchdown on 10 carries (that’s 8.6 yards per carry!).

The starters — Russell Wilson and Co. — played nearly to the end of the first half (which is pretty late for a second preseason game where they were expected to play through just the first quarter). One highlight? Russell Wilson’s 31-yard pass to wide receiver Tyler Lockett, who hauled it in despite being covered by two Vikings defenders.

Quote of the Day

This one comes from Viking’s coach Mike Zimmer, who when asked by a report why he sat quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said:

“Because I wanted to.”

Some additional notes:

– Seahawks rookies TE Nick Vannett and DT Jarran Reed both left the game with injuries. Pete Carroll said both are ankle injuries, but it doesn’t sound too serious.
– Carroll also said running back Thomas Rawls — who broke his ankle last season against the Baltimore Ravens — will be “full go” at practice next week. Will we see him in a preseason game?

Next up: Another home game! The Seahawks take on the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field Thursday, August 25. 

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