If new Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson was hoping to go into the regular season with a little momentum, he is probably disappointed.
Entering without a touchdown pass in the preseason, Jackson
played just one series Thursday, but the Vikings went on to
close out the exhibition season with a 23-14 victory over the
It was a tough preseason for the Vikings' offense, as the first
string managed only a field goal against St. Louis in the
opener. But rookie Adrian Peterson rushed for 70 yards and a
touchdown in the second game.
Last week at Seattle, the team's lone touchdown came on an
option pass from wide receiver Bobby Wade to backup tight end
Against Dallas, the starters played just one series. Peterson
ran once for two yards, and Jackson's lone completion on five
attempts went to rookie wide receiver Sidney Rice for a 13-yard
It was more time than Dallas' starters saw, however.
None of the Cowboys' key skill players saw action as Tony Romo,
Terrell Owens, Julius Jones and Marion Barber III watched from
the sidelines. Dallas' No. 2 wide receiver, Terry Glenn, again
was not in uniform due to his injured knee and may not be ready
for next weekend's season opener against the New York Giants.
One bright spot for Minnesota's offense was kicker Ryan
Longwell missed a pair of field goals - including a 37-yarder
last week - in the first three preseason games. In this one, he
went 3-for-3, including a 47-yarder in the final seconds of the
first half that gave the Vikings the lead for good, 17-14.
Not even listed on the Cowboys' depth chart at a punt returner,
Jerheme Urban provided the biggest play of the night for either
team when he took a punt by Chris Kluwe 95 yards for a touchdown
in the first quarter to start the scoring.
However, Urban's big impression did not last long, as he later
lost a fumble after a reception near midfield.
Newly acquired quarterback Kelly Holcomb made his first
appearance for the Vikings and led the team to a field goal on
the first drive of the second half. The veteran had the offense
moving again on the next drive before throwing an interception
at the goal line.
Attempting to hold off Holcomb for the backup spot, Brooks
Bollinger was 9-of-15 for 109 yards, including a four-yard
touchdown pass to Rice. Holcomb finished 5-of-8 for 59 yards
and the one interception.
In his return to Minnesota, Dallas backup Brad Johnson completed
5-of-7 passes for 44 yards.
'Boys Fall to Vikings, 23-14
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