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Jackson OK; Vikings Top Ravens 23-15 in Baltimore

Just a brusied knee.  That’s the very best news for the Vikings coming out of Saturday night’s 23-15 win over the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore.  That bruised knee belongs to QB Tarvaris Jackson, and spoiled what was a great night for the young QB, going 7-for-11 for 82 yards and a touchdown. He also ran twice for 22 yards before leaving during Minnesota’s second series.

He got hit on a run, and after the next play left the game, but all seems to be well as the team will simply limit him and what he does the next few days as they get set for Pittsburgh in the next preseason game.  “He just banged his knee,” Minnesota coach Brad Childress said. “We’re calling it a contusion right now. … I’m not concerned.”

The Vikings were impressive on offense most of the evening, putting up 23 points against a stout Ravens defense.  Jackson was the key, leading the team to a TD drive on their their first series.  The Vikings started the game with a 70-yard drive to put them up 7-0. After running for 13 yards on a third-and-11, he threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Martin Nance, who deftly tapped both feet in the back corner of the end zone.

After the Ravens tied it, the Vikings came back on the series that Jackson got hurt.  After he left, Gus Frerotte took over, taking them the rest of the way for the first of three field goals by Steven Hauschka.  Frerotte went 4-for-9 for 32 yards and threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Robert Ferguson for a 17-7 lead.

The Vikings are now 1-1, and as stated above will be home for the Steelers on Saturday night.


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