The Minnesota Vikings were able to knock off the Cincinnati Bengals in their preseason opener by a final score of 17-16. It was a nice win, although a meaningless win in the grand scheme of things. As usual, the first preseason game was an ugly one for both teams.
Mike Zimmer and the Vikings strongly believe that they will win the NFC North division title once again this season. They were able to snag the title last season in Week 17 by defeating the Green Bay Packers. If their talent develops the way it is capable of developing, the Vikings will have a very good chance to repeat.
All of that being said, which three players shined the most during the Vikings’ first preseason game?
Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback
Everyone should have expected to see Teddy Bridgewater break out with a big game in the limited playing time that he received. He completed six of his seven pass attempts for 92 yards and a touchdown in the game. Minnesota will need Bridgewater to take the next step this season and he certainly has started things off right.
Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver
Laquon Treadwell was selected with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and is expected to be a huge piece of the Vikings’ offense. He caught four passes for 41 yards in the game and Minnesota will need him to put up consistent production this season. Minnesota’s offense has needed a legitimate No. 1 wide receiver over the past few years and they may very well have found their man in Treadwell.
Jayron Kearse, Cornerback
Yet another rookie that impressed the Vikings in their preseason opener was cornerback Jayron Kearse. He was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft and there is no denying the potential that he possesses. Kearse ended up recording five tackles to go along with an interception and he could earn some playing time this season.
Which Minnesota Vikings’ players were you most impressed with in their preseason opener? What are your expectations for Minnesota in the 2016 NFL season?