The Seahawks hit the road again with some position battles wrapped up and others undecided. Some Hawks will be making their return to Minnesota. Can Seattle pick up its first preseason win of the year?

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Seattle Seahawks (0-2)
at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

5 p.m. | U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, Minn.

TV: Ch. 13/113 (HD) | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: Seahawks.com

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QUARTER 4

0:47 | Vikings 21, Seahawks 20 Well, this one will sting as much as a preseason loss can. The Vikings drive and score with less than a minute left, then — mercifully, avoiding overtime — go for two and convert. Alex McGough’s Russell Wilson impression was lacking, and Seattle couldn’t piece together a 47-second comeback. Three preseason games. Three preseason losses.

4:10 | Seahawks 20, Vikings 13 Alex McGough’s got moves. David Moore’s got moves. First the rookie QB jukes his way into a few yards. Then, he connects with Moore down the sideline for a highlight-reel catch and run to put the Seahawks back in the lead.

9:09 | Seahawks 13, Vikings 13 Dramaaaaaaa. The Vikings tie it up heading down to the wire after Seahawks QB Alex McGough is picked off over the middle. Whose third-stringers will pull this one out?

15:00 | Seahawks 13, Vikings 6 The Seahawks settled their kicker competitions this week, dropping placekicker Jason Myers and punter Jon Ryan in favor of Sebastian Janikowski and Michael Dickson. Those certainly looked like good decisions by the fourth quarter on Friday, as Janikowski connected on his two field goals of the night – from 35 and 55 yards – and Dickson averaged 51.8 yards on four punts. A 2018 fifth-round pick, Dickson delivered 56- and 57-yard punts that were each downed on the Vikings’ 3-yard line. — Mike Vorel

QUARTER 3

One of the themes for the Vikings heading into this game is the uncertain nature of its offensive line. Seattle took advantage of that against Minnesota’s backup in the third quarter with three sacks — each coming on third to stop a Viking drive. Erik Walden, signed last week, got the first sack with Branden Jackson the second and rookie Jacob Martin the third. That Seattle had no sacks in the first half on 28 attempts against Minnesota’s starters means you can’t completely feel good about the pass rush. But there were some encouraging signs in the third quarter. — Bob Condotta

10:14 | Seahawks 13, Vikings 6 Seabass from DEEP. Wondering why Janikowski won the kicking competition? He just nailed a 55-yarder for the first points of the second half. He can kick his age for another decade, apparently.

11:45 | Seahawks 10, Vikings 6 Wide receiver Marcus Johnson – who was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason as part of the Michael Bennett trade – is right in the middle of a congested competition to make the Seahawks’ 53-man roster. He helped his case on Friday, hauling in a 34-yard deep ball from Russell Wilson in the third quarter and dragging his feet in bounds along the sideline. — Mike Vorel

13:10 | Seahawks 10, Vikings 6 Welcome to Seattle, Erik Walden. The 33-year-old linebacker, who signed with the Seahawks last week, registered the first sack of the game early in the third quarter when he dragged down Vikings quarterback Trevor Siemian for a 10-yard loss. — Mike Vorel

HALFTIME

Here are some quick halftime thoughts:

  • The Seahawks have to like what they have gotten out of the running game with Chris Carson and Mike Davis combining for 49 yards on 10 carries against what a year ago was one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL.
  • The Seahawks indeed are having the “comp’’ on at right tackle with George Fant playing the final two series of the first half after Germain Ifedi had the first two. Ifedi had a nice block to help clear the way for Carson’s 6-yard TD run.
  • The Seahawks conversely played the run well on defense holding the Vikings to 27 yards on 13 attempts, and 25 on 12 from Minnesota tailbacks Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook.
  • And boy did the Seahawks master bend-but-don’t break there allowing 209 yards but stopping Minnesota twice to force field goals, each of which was missed (what is it about the Vikings and field goal misses against Seattle?) Kirk Cousins threw a whopping 28 passes in the first half completing 17 for 182 yards. But Seattle kept the Vikings have to go a long way — Minnesota’s four possessions started at their own 22, 3, 25 and 17. That’s the kind of formula Pete Carroll likes. — Bob Condotta

QUARTER 2

2:44 | Seahawks 10, Vikings 6 Seattle isn’t able to fully take advantage of a field-position gift, starting its drive on its 47-yard line, the Seahawks make it to the Vikings’ 17-yard line but are forced to settle for a Sebastian Janikowski field goal.

4:34 | Seahawks 7, Vikings 6 Running back Mike Davis limped to the sideline during the Seahawks’ third offensive drive on Friday. That’s certainly a concern for Seattle, which is already down two running backs – Rashaad Penny (finger) and J.D. McKissic (foot) – due to injury. — Mike Vorel

6:33 | Seahawks 7, Vikings 6 This week, Pete Carroll declared, “The comp(etition) is on.” He meant it. After right tackle Germain Ifedi started and played in the first two offensive series on Friday, George Fant substituted into the game for the third series. Ifedi – who started all 16 games at right tackle last season – and Fant are locked in a competition for the starting spot. — Mike Vorel

7:36 | Seahawks 7, Vikings 6 The Seahawks’ first touchdown drive was highlighted by two wide receivers still fighting to make the 53-man roster: Brandon Marshall and Keenan Reynolds. Marshall caught three passes for 34 yards, the most impressive being a 20-yard snag over cornerback Xavier Rhodes’ outstretched hand. Reynolds’ two catches went for 18 yards and two first downs. Running back Chris Carson capped the 12-play drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. — Mike Vorel

13:42 | Vikings 6, Seahawks 0 Another looooong Vikings drive, and this time they’re able to convert. This one goes 97 yards (after a tremendous punt by Michael Dickson downed at the 3) on 13 plays. But they aren’t able to convert the two-point try after Latavius Murray barreled a yard into the end zone for the TD. In all, Minnesota’s offense used 27 plays in their first two drives, converting 5 of 6 third downs.

Dickson’s boot:

QUARTER 1

A few quick first-quarter thoughts:

  • The best news is that Tedric Thompson was not hurt when he went off the field following a play on the first series. Thompson came back in for the second series. He was replaced by Mike Tyson for a few snaps.
  • Vikings really hurting Seahawks with rub or pick plays that have gotten running backs open a couple of times.
  • A 141-8 edge in yards for the Vikings obviously not what the Seahawks wanted. But the missed field goal left it scoreless as we entered the second. — Bob Condotta

7:26 | Seahawks 0, Vikings 0 Minnesota marches … but can’t convert. After 14 plays and 54 yards on the opening drive of the game, Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson misses from 42 yards and we’re still scoreless.

9:59 | Seahawks 0, Vikings 0 Following a six-yard completion to wide receiver Adam Thielen, Seahawks free safety Tedric Thompson made a physical tackle and immediately ran to the sideline, clutching his right forearm. Mike Tyson replaced Thompson with the starters. — Mike Vorel

14:30 | Seahawks 0, Vikings 0 With veteran cornerback Byron Maxwell still sidelined with an injury, first-year Seahawk Dontae Johnson earned the start opposite second-year standout Shaquill Griffin. Delano Hill also claimed the start at strong safety with Bradley McDougald sitting with a pectoral injury. Free safety Tedric Thompson started his third consecutive game. — Mike Vorel

PREGAME

4:20 p.m. The Seahawks listed 14 players as not expected to play before the game, all due to injury. The 14 are: running backs Rashaad Penny and J.D. McKissic, cornerback Neiko Thorpe, safety Bradley McDougald, safety Tevon Mutcherson, cornerback Byron Maxwell, linebackers Josh Forrest and D.J. Alexander, offensive linemen J.R. Sweezy and Jamarco Jones, receiver Amara Darboh, tight end Ed Dickson, receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Dion Jordan. — Bob Condotta

Three quick pregame thoughts from Bob Condotta in rainy Minnesota — (good thing the game is indoors).

1. Vikings hoping for breakout offensive performance.

The theme of the pre-game coverage here is that the Vikings want to see more out of their first-team offense tonight — heralded free agent signee Kirk Cousins is just 7-12 for 54 yards in the first two games. He’s had limited playing time like all QBs, to be sure. But the headline in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune today reading “Vikings look to give O a jump-start’’ makes clear what their aim is tonight. That’ll be a good test for a Seattle defense that also still has its fair share of questions, specifically the makeup of the secondary and whether the Seahawks can get a consistent pass rush.

2. How important is the all-important third preseason game?

Preseason results ultimately don’t mean a whole lot, if anything at all. But because it’s all we have right now, everything in the preseason gets analyzed at an increasingly intense rate. This weekend’s games, you’ll hear, are the most important of the preseason because teams play it the most like a regular season game, with starters typically playing into the second half and teams doing just a little bit of gameplanning (though not all that much, and as Pete Carroll noted Thursday the Seahawks had a short week anyway with just three official practices).

So does the result of the third preseason game matter?

Well, there is this — Seattle is 6-0 in the third preseason game since 2012, when the team’s rise to prominence under Carroll began.

Seattle won all but one of those six games by at least a touchdown, notably the 44-14 rout of the Chiefs in 2012 when Russell Wilson secured the starting QB job, a game that for that reason alone made it as important as any preseason game in recent team history

Here are the other third preseason game wins in that stretch: 2013, 17-10 at Green Bay; 2014, 34-6 vs. the Bears; 2015, 16-15 at San Diego; 2016, 27-17 vs. Dallas; 2017, 26-13 vs. Kansas City.

3. Game is a sort-of Carroll homecoming.

Carroll was an assistant with the Vikings for five years from 1985-89, a period as transformative as any in his career as he built a Minnesota secondary that became regarded as one of the best in the NFL. That led to Carroll becoming the defensive coordinator of the Jets in 1990.

Minnesota history is also that Carroll was in line to become the Vikings’ coach in 1992 — he had the recommendation of legendary Minnesota coach Bud Grant — before the team instead hired Dennis Green. Under Green, the Vikings embarked on a run of eight playoff appearances in nine season, including the memorable 15-1 team in 1998 that lost in the NFC title game at home.

Oh how Carroll’s history — and that of the Seahawks — could well have been different. — Bob Condotta


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