The Seattle Seahawks leapfrogged the San Francisco 49ers to take the lead in the NFC West standings. They accomplished this with a thrilling victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. Last night’s game was the exact opposite of what many people expected, offensive power instead of defensive minded. With both teams in the hunt for the playoffs and the Seahawks with the home field advantage, the Vikings would strike first as RB, Dalvin Cook ran for a 2 yard touchdown to open the scoring. On the following Seahawks possession, Seattle used their second string RB, Rashaad Penny who gain plenty of yards on the ground. A 7+ minute drive would end with a Chris Carson 2-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7. After a sluggish start to the 2nd quarter, QB, Russell Wilson threw the ball that led to a crazy interception, it was deflected at the line of scrimmage, off Wilson’s right hand right into Anthony Harris’s hands for the Pick 6. With just over a minute left in the 1st half, Jason Myers hit a 29-yarder to cut Seattle’s deficit to 4. Then, Minnesota would drive down the field 48 yards for Dan Bailey to drive in a field goal to give the Vikings a 17 - 10 lead at halftime.
To begin the 3rd quarter, C. Carson and R. Penny driving the ball down into Vikings territory for a 2-yard touchdown pitch from R. Wilson to E. Penny. On the first drive for the Vikings, QB, Kirk Cousins handed the ball off to D. Cook who fumbled it only for FS, Bradley McDougald to recover it at the Vikings 26-yard line. Maybe Dalvin Cook was ate a Butterfinger during halftime? Big mistake! Seahawks possession led to 3rd and 7 with R. Wilson just overthrowing to David Moore for what would have been a touchdown instead, they had to settle for 3 points for a 20 - 17 lead. Last play of the third quarter, R. Wilson threw an absolute dime to D. Moore that went 60 yards, 27 - 17 green and blue. Now, with a cannon like R. Wilson, it’s no wonder why the Seahawks are a solid contender for the playoffs.
Not a good start to the 4th quarter for the Vikings, K. Cousins threw a pass that bounced off Stefon Diggs into the hands of Trey Flowers for an interception. R. Penny would score his 2nd touchdown from R. Wilson which now made it a 3 possession game. Panic time for Vikings players and fans but out of nowhere K. Cousins threw a 58-yard laser to a wide open Laquon Treadwell to cut the deficit to 10 points. After the Vikings forced a 3 and out it looked as if they would get the ball back but a gutsy call by coach, Pete Carroll to fake punt to Travis Homer put the Seahawks past midfield. Later that possession, D.K. Metcalf fumbled the ball which was recovered by Mackensie Alexander. Vikings TE, Kyle Rudolph made a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch to make it a 3 point game. The following drive by the Vikings would end with K. Cousins throwing an incomplete pass to S. Diggs on 4th down. J. Myers added a field goal to seal the Seahawks victory with the final score of 37 - 30. The Vikings fought hard in the 2nd half but ended up short, Kirk Cousins might have been better prepared if Pro Bowl receiver, Adam Thielen was out on the field. A. Thielen has been out with a hamstring injury he suffered back in week 7 win against the Detroit Lions.