The Minnesota Vikings put on the purple and gold for the first time in 2017 and beat the Buffalo Bills 17-10 in Week 1 of the preseason. It wasn’t always pretty, but the defense held its own for the most part and confirmed (as if we already didn’t know) that it will be the featured unit on this team.
The biggest question marks surrounding the Vikings are on offense: can it provide a substantial run attack and can the offensive line protect quarterback Sam Bradford? Unfortunately, those inquiries remain to be answered. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook, arguably the most intriguing part of the Vikings offense this season, was held to 13 yards on five carries, and as a team the Vikes rushed for 90 yards.
Bradford and most of the starters played for three series, netting 13 plays for 24 yards and three punts. It was a mostly uninspiring effort, although Cook showed a glimpse of his ability to catch the ball. He recorded four receptions for 30 yards and was even split out wide for a play.
Associated Press Rich Barnes