The Vikings kept the preseason pedal to the medal on Thursday night, defeating the Tennessee Titans by a 1903 count at LP Field in downtown Nashville to conclude the exhibition schedule with a perfect 4-0 mark.
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Here are five takeaways from the Vikings victory over Tennessee on Thursday...
1. Vikings keep winning the turnover battle
If it’s been said once it’s been said a thousand times, winning the turnover battle is key to winning the game. The Vikings have made a good habit of winning the turnover battle this preseason, and they did so again in the finale. For the third time in four exhibition games, the Vikings did not commit a turnover. They did, however, force a couple turnovers. Defensive end
For the preseason, the Vikings 5 in turnover margin, taking the ball away six times and giving it up once.
2. There is great depth along the defensive line
Be prepared to love this year’s defensive line. The Vikings front four constantly disrupted the opposing quarterback this preseason, collecting a total of 11 sacks in four games. Three of those 11 sacks, one of which resulted in a lost fumble, came against Tennessee and all three came at the hands of defensive linemen – tackle
3. Blair Walsh is in the zone
A couple of missed field goals and a missed extra point during the Vikings first two preseason games caused some to stir about Blair Walsh’s prospects in 2014. But stir no more, stir no more. On a rainy, windy Thursday night in Nashville, Walsh was a perfect four of four on field goals, hitting from 45, 22, 35 and 30 yards. Since Walsh’s miss against the Kansas Chiefs in Week 2 of the preseason, he’s converted nine of nine field goal tries and has been perfect on extra points, as well. Walsh also consistently boots the football through the end zone for touchbacks on kickoffs.
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5. Quarterbacks continue to look sharp
Teddy Bridgewater started his first NFL game on Thursday, going four of nine for 17 yards with a three-yard scoring strike to Adam Thielen early in the game.