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Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Garrett Bradbury (56) snaps to quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) during the first quarter against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Aug. 18, 2019. Brace Hemmelgarn / USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings fans got an extended look at the stars of their team in a 25-19 preseason victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the first-team offense played the duration of the first quarter. Cousins completed six of his eight passes for 68 yards, including a deep 34-yard completion to Adam Thielen.

A botched snap from rookie center Garrett Bradbury stalled out the opening drive, but the deep pass to Thielen — paired with a 45-yard defensive pass interference call the next play — set up a Dan Bailey field goal.

Alexander Mattison got his second start of the preseason in place of Dalvin Cook. The rookie from Boise State rushed for 41 yards and added a catch for 4 more. He also was the beneficiary of good timing, as he had a fumble in the red zone nullified as the referees whistled the play dead.

Backup quarterback Sean Mannion bounced back from throwing a pick-six by leading the second unit down the field on a 63-yard drive, capped off with a touchdown pass to tight end Irv Smith.

Receiver Brandon Zylstra caught a touchdown pass from Kyle Sloter, and fullback Khari Blasingame also punched in a 1-yard score for Minnesota.

The defensive starters and top reserves held the Seahawks offense out of the end zone, forcing two three-and-outs while allowing only a field goal on four drives. The defense played without starting tackles Linval Joseph and Shamar Stephen.

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