Vikings lose to Vikings 16-7 in preseason opener
The Minnesota Vikings beat the Minnesota Vikings 16 of 17 in a preseason opener Thursday night, winning the game for the first time in three seasons in the team’s first game since the franchise relocated from Seattle.
The Vikings also clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs.
The game started with a field goal, with kicker Kyle Christy’s 44-yard field goal going into the final minute.
The Vikings were led by a rookie quarterback who led them to the playoffs in 2014.
He was sidelined for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.
But Jerick McKinnon finished the night with 12 of his 27 carries for 142 yards and two touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins completed 13 of 18 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown in the win, while he also threw an interception.
The Redskins’ Kirk Cousins threw for a season-high 431 yards and six touchdowns.
The Seahawks won the preseason opener in Atlanta, losing 34-27 on the opening drive.
Seattle (4-7) had lost six of its past eight preseason games.
The Saints, who lost to the Eagles 31-28 in Philadelphia on Sept. 27, opened the preseason with a 27-6 loss to the Rams.
They finished the season 6-2, but have yet to win a regular-season game.