Seahawks at Minnesota: Preseason 3 on the road.

Head coach Pete Carroll looked forward to taking his team on the road for the first time as the Seahawks headed to Minnesota to face the Vikings for the third preseason game of the year.

The Seahawks, including receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Golden Tate and Deion Branch boarded the team’s charter to Minnesota on Friday afternoon.

Once airborne, head coach Pete Carroll consulted with defensive assistants Dan Quinn (left) and Gus Bradley.

On game day, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley led a brief walk-through in a darkened ballroom at the team hotel before the pregame meal.

Players worked their way through the buffet line during the pregame meal at the hotel before boarding buses to the stadium.

During early pregame warmups, starting quarterbacks and former teammates Matt Hasselbeck and Brett Favre caught up with one another on the field.

In the locker room, assistant coach Jerry Gray fired up his players as they prepared to take the field.

Head coach Pete Carroll gave his final remarks before the team took the field.

Defensive players Red Bryant, Craig Terrill, and Brandon Mebane led the Seahawks down the long tunnel from the locker room to the field at the Metrodome.

Once the game began, the Seahawks defense brought pressure on Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre with Colin Cole (90) and Red Bryant (79) in pursuit.

Seattle’s Chris Clemons caused this fumble by Minnesota’s Brett Favre, resulting in a recovery by the Seahawks’ Colin Cole.

In a hint of things to come, rookie safety almost got his hands on this near-interception on a pass defense by linebacker Lofa Tatupu.

Assistant coach Pat McPherson talked to John Carlson and the rest of the tight ends on the sidelines between series.

In the following quarter, Thomas didn’t let this tipped pass hit the ground as he made the interception after Seattle’s Josh Wilson hit Minnesota’s Bernard Berrian.

Thomas showed off his blazing speed and raced 86-yards for the first touchdown of his young career.

At halftime, Gus Bradley held a brief meeting with his defensive players and made adjustments based on observations from the first half.

Seattle’s special teams turned Minnesota’s Darius Reynaud upside down on a return.

Chris Clemons continued to apply defensive pressure up front, sacking Minnesota’s backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson.

After the game in the cramped quarters of the visitors locker room, head coach Pete Carroll talked to his team about lessons they could take from their first game on the road.


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