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Vikings execute in first preseason effort

By | Posted Tuesday, August 14

Everything looked good for the Minnesota Vikings last Friday night, as the team played its first preseason game of the 2007 campaign. Key players performed well, including quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger, running back Adrian Peterson and linebacker Dontarrious Thomas.

Jackson was consistent and effective, averaging over ten yards per pass. He went 8-11 for 83 yards, and encouraging sign that he might be doing more this season than merely dropping the ball over the middle for short gains. Peterson played despite a minor hip injury. He rushed 11 times and gained 33 yards, not exactly the production the Vikings wanted but his volume was solid. Bollinger got the job done working as Jackson’s backup in the game. He completed four-of-six passes for 23 yards.

But perhaps the play of the game for the Vikings came when Thomas picked off a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown. The Vikings were briefly ahead until the Rams tied the game at 10-10 in the fourth quarter. The Rams then went on to win the game on a last second field goal by Rams’ kicker Kevin Lovell.