ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — It wasn’t pretty, nonetheless all Mike Zimmer does is win in a preseason.
The Vikings manager lifted his muster symbol to 13-1 over 4 seasons with his team’s 17-10 win over Buffalo in a opener Thursday night during New Era Field. But he frequency was satisfied.
“My expectancy for this group is a lot aloft than that and so we got to get behind to work,’’ Zimmer said.
Minnesota’s first-team offense was mostly ineffective, and left after 3 array though putting any points on a board. Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford was sacked twice, that Zimmer called “disappointing.’’
“I approaching us to go out and take a round and go down and measure and we didn’t do that,’’ Zimmer said.
The Vikings won, though, given their first-team invulnerability was miserly as usual. And their defensive pot weren’t bad either.
The invulnerability mislaid cornerback Trae Waynes for a diversion on a second play with a right shoulder injury. Waynes, who was transposed by Terence Newman, declined criticism after a game. Zimmer did not trust a damage was serious.
“Just a bruise shoulder, we guess,’’ Zimmer said.
The Vikings also mislaid using behind Bishop Sankey for a night in a third entertain with a right knee injury, and he was on crutches after a diversion while wearing a brace. Sankey, who pronounced he was harm perplexing to make a cut, doesn’t know a astringency of a damage and Zimmer pronounced he will have an MRI on Friday.
Getting a start during using behind was rookie Dalvin Cook, on his 22nd birthday. Cook carried 5 times for 13 yards and hold 4 passes for 30 yards in 3 array with a initial group and one with a second.
“I feel like it was good start,’’ Cook said. “Everything was smooth. we still got some things to work on, nonetheless that’s only partial of a process. … We got a W, so that’s a best birthday present we could have right there.’’
Zimmer pronounced Cook “did some good things and “ran behind his pads well.’’
Minnesota went into a diversion though using backs Latavius Murray, operative his approach behind from ankle surgery, and Jerick McKinnon, who has missed use time with a leg injury. When Sankey got harm and with Cook already finished for a night, fullback C.J. Ham went in during using behind and shortly gave a Vikings a lead for good during 10-3 on a 2-yard run with 10:34 left in a third quarter.
But that was prolonged after Bradford and a initial group had departed. Bradford was 5 of 7 for 35 yards and was underneath vigour a lot.
“Our idea is to come out there and measure points, that is something that we didn’t do,’’ Bradford said. “We’re only going to have to go behind and demeanour during where things kind of pennyless down for us, how we can get better.’’
Beaten on a initial pouch was right tackle Mike Remmers and left tackle Rashod Hill was a law-breaker on a second one. Hill was starting in place of Riley Reiff, who returned to use Monday after blank a week and a half of workouts with a behind damage and wasn’t prepared nonetheless to play.
The Vikings finished it a priority to beef adult a line after they were ravaged by injuries final deteriorate and also hampered by copiousness of ineffectual play. Reiff was their tip acquisition, so it competence not be satisfactory to decider a line until after he has matched up.
“I consider (Thursday) was a flattering tiny representation size,’’ Bradford pronounced of judging a line.
The first-team invulnerability hold Buffalo to no points in dual series. The pot weren’t bad either, with a Bills removing only a 42-yard margin idea by Stephen Hauschka early in a second entertain for a 3-0 lead and a 1-yard TD pass from Nathan Peterson to Dezmin Lewis early in a fourth quarter.
The Vikings tied a measure 3-3 on a 36-yard margin idea by Kai Forbath late in a second quarter. In a third quarter, Minnesota got Ham’s touchdown and a 2-yard TD pass from Taylor Heinicke to rookie Rodney Adams for a 17-3 lead.
On defense, Edmond Robinson got a start during weakside linebacker over Emmanuel Lamur. The dual are listed as even on a abyss draft in a foe to reinstate a late Chad Greenway.
The Vikings were fervent to get a demeanour during Mackensie Alexander, who has taken over as a nickel behind from a over Captain Munnerlyn. Safety Harrison Smith pronounced from what he could tell Alexander “played well.’’
On offense, Case Keenum competence have changed another step forward of Heinicke in a conflict to be a backup quarterback. Keenum finished 11 of 16 passes for 121 yards.
“It felt good,’’ Keenum said. “But we always have to watch a film and see what we did good and what we can learn from.’’
Heinicke finished 3 of 8 passes for 20 yards in his initial diversion movement given a Sept. 3, 2015 preseason event during Tennessee. Heinicke had one pass intercepted and pronounced he “threw it right to’’ reserve Joe Powell.
“It was a initial time removing on a margin in dual years, but, again, it wasn’t as purify as we would have liked,’’ pronounced Heinicke, who missed a 2016 preseason with a ripped tendon in his feet and didn’t get into a regular-season game.
Working with Keenum was St. Paul local Michael Floyd, who hold dual passes for 20 yards in his Vikings debut. But a receiver with a best numbers on a night was rookie Stacy Coley, who hold 3 passes from Keenum for 67 yards.
“I felt we could have finished more, nonetheless we knew my event was during hand, and we felt like we executed,’’ Coley said.
The Vikings could have finished more, nonetheless they got a victory. That roughly always has been a box in a preseason for Zimmer.
“We only wish to win games,’’ pronounced linebacker Eric Kendricks.