It won’t be a surprise if we see the Minnesota Vikings turn it around against the Seattle Seahawks on Friday night. The Vikings had a lackadaisical performance last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, that resulted in a lot of penalties and a 14-10 loss.
Look for more of the starters to get some playing time as there are only two games left before the regular-season begins.
Other then that, here are three things to really pay attention to while sipping your brew and screaming at the television:
3. Dalvin Cook plans on playing (I’m for real this time)
Cook will be able to begin his sophomore campaign at U.S. Bank Stadium, according to an article posted on NFL.com, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on the situation.
If he does play, I would expect him maybe to get 10 to 12 touches. It will be interesting to see how offensive coordinator John Defilippo manages the backfield between Cook, Latavius Murray, Roc Thomas and Mike Boone.
It will be the first time Cook will participate in a game since last October, when he tore his ACL.
2. Will George Iloka play?
Probably the biggest news from the Vikings this past week is the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals safety George Iloka. The 28-year old, seven year veteran will get a fresh start with a new team. However, he does know a familiar face in head coach Mike Zimmer.
Last season Iloka recorded 54 solo tackles with one interception. During his career, he has recorded 227 solo tackles with nine interceptions. It’s unclear if Iloka will play, but if he does, then keep an eye out for number 28 (No, I’m not talking about Adrian Peterson).
It will also be interesting to see how he will contribute on the defense and if now that he is in Minnesota, if that exposes someone to be used as trade bait.
1. Once again, the offensive line
I think the line will slowly come together and form its own shape. Don’t be too surprised either if you see Brian O’Neill take over the starting job at right tackle from Rashod Hill.
According to a Pioneer Press article, both Mike Remmers and Hill will participate in Friday’s game. Slowly, but surely, Minnesota’s piecing back together the line (besides Nick Easton, of course).
I’d pay attention to the different combinations that get thrown out there throughout the first half, because it’s a possibility we would see that same combo in the regular-season.
Would you want to see a consistent 5-man front, or several plug and chugs throughout the game?