August 20, 2011 – By Scott
Saturday night’s NFL preseason matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings should be a great contest for a variety of reasons. Not only do NFL fans get to see if Minnesota’s new starting quarterback Donovan McNabb can get their offense going after a lackluster performance overall offensively last week, but a few former Vikings players will get their first look at their former team.
Quarterback Tavaris Jackson and wide receiver Sidney Rice will suit up to face their former team Saturday night. For Jackson, the move to Seattle has been the best so far in his career. After biding time in Minnesota, waiting his turn to be the starter, Jackson will take over the reins in Seattle for head coach Pete Carroll. In just one quarter of work last week in the Seahawks win over San Diego, Jackson completed just 3 of 5 passes for 13 yards.
As for Rice, he is looking to be back in full form after missing the first nine games of last season with a hip injury. In his return a year ago, he had just 17 receptions in five games. But this season he looks to be a crucial target for Jackson and he will get his first action in a Seattle uniform tonight.
In the Seahawks 24-17 win over the Chargers, Seattle had 133 yards rushing despite just 3 carries from starter Marshawn Lynch. In addition, they held San Diego to just 51 yards on the ground. But they should be tested in this area as Adrian Peterson should get more touches tonight.
The Vikings are transitioning offensively with their new signal caller McNabb. In last week’s 14-3 loss to Tennessee, McNabb completed 6 of 11 passes for 40 yards in his debut in a Vikings uniform. Rookie Christian Ponder had more attempts in the game and passed for 84 yards on 8 of 13 passing. As a team a week ago, they moved the ball ok offensively but 2 turnovers led to to two touchdowns which ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.
NFL sportsbooks have Seattle favored by 3 in Saturday’s matchup against the Vikings and the OVER/UNDER in points is set at 36 1/2.