SEATTLE — New Seattle quarterback Tarvaris Jackson saw far more of his former team than he wanted. Minnesota’s new starter, Donovan McNabb, got on the field just long enough to put together one impressive drive and call it a night.
Reserve cornerback Marcus Sherels returned a deflected pass from Jackson 64 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, Ryan Longwell added a pair of field goals, and the Vikings beat the Seahawks 20-7 on Saturday night.
Tristan Davis provided the capper for Minnesota with a 35-yard touchdown run with 2:09 left and the Vikings first offensive touchdown of the preseason.
After spending five seasons in Minnesota — the last two as a reserve to Brett Favre — Jackson signed a two-year deal to become the starter in Seattle in part because of his familiarity with new Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Jackson was then able to help lure Sidney Rice from Minnesota to the West Coast.
But the former Vikings weren’t able to show off much against their former club. Jackson finished 11 of 21 for 75 yards and an interception, getting harassed throughout the first half by an offensive line that failed to provide adequate protection. Rice caught just two passes for 11 yards. And Seattle’s first-team offense managed only 139 total yards despite running 39 plays in the first half.
Meanwhile, McNabb looked sharp once he got some extended time on the field. He got all of three plays for the first 16 minutes, getting sacked by Raheem Brock on his second snap and connecting with Adrian Peterson on a short completion.
McNabb finally saw the field again starting at the 1 early in the second quarter. McNabb hit his next three passes, including throws of 17 yards to rookie tight end Kyle Rudolph and a 23-yard swing pass to Jim Kleinsasser. Later in the drive, McNabb’s 21-yard pass to new wide receiver Michael Jenkins got the Vikings inside the 25. Eventually, the Vikings had to settle for the first of Longwell’s two field goals.