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Continued: Sloppy play in Vikings' loss covers up signs of any progress

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 17, 2013 - 6:35 AM

“Everybody has their way of approaching it in the preseason,” he said. “That’s their choice. And we’ll keep moving forward.”

The Vikings’ first-half scoring drive was a 12-play, 62-yard march that ended with a 36-yard Walsh field goal. Included: a pile-driving 9-yard stampede by Toby Gerhart and a beautiful 25-yard reception by Rudolph. That provided at least a measure of calm.

But the highlights were outweighed by the disjointed blunders. Ponder finished 5-for-12 for 53 yards. He was also sacked twice and badly missed Greg Jennings on an easy quick-hit throw.

The Vikings’ second unit failed to deliver a salve for the discomfort. On its first series, Joe Berger sent a snap from the Vikings 23 way over the head of quarterback Matt Cassel, recovered for a touchdown by Bills defensive end Jamie Blatnick.

The Vikings totaled 74 yards on eight possessions in the first half, averaging 2.3 yards per play as Buffalo led 13-3.

In the silver-lining department, the first-unit defense held the Bills scoreless through five possessions. Sanford’s interception came as a result of superb coverage from rookie Xavier Rhodes on a Kevin Kolb pass to Marquise Goodwin. The Bills also picked up only two first downs and gained 44 yards in the first quarter.

The Vikings delivered two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Joe Banyard scored on fourth down from the 1, and Rodney Smith hauled in a 36-yard toss from McLeod Bethel-Thompson.







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