The "dress rehearsal" preseason game didn't go as well as the Minnesota Vikings might have hoped.
Hosting the San Diego Chargers in the third preseason game, Minnesota resembled more of the team that went 3-13 last season instead of the team coming off an impressive win last week against the Buffalo Bills. The Vikings lost 12-10 against San Diego as Nick Novak kicked a game-winning 45-yard field goal as time expired to push Minnesota to 1-2 this preseason. The Vikings travel for the final preseason game on Thursday, Aug. 30 against the Houston Texans.
Making things worse, the Chargers didn't play several key starters and Minnesota had six players leave with injuries after pregame warm-ups started. Several of the unanswered questions remain for the Vikings with one preseason week left following a performance like this:
Pass offense: D
The final numbers for Minnesota don't appear too bad, but much of the success came after Christian Ponder and the first-team offense left the field...