MINNEAPOLIS — So much for hoping a hard week of telling the truth would solve all the problems that arose in the Seahawks’ defeat last week against Tennessee.
While blowing a 15-point lead at home was bad, this almost felt worse as Seattle was dominated in almost every way in the final three quarters of a 30-17 defeat against an 0-2 Vikings team.
The defense allowed 453 yards and had just one sack while the offense was held scoreless the final 41 minutes and didn’t convert a third down in the final three quarters.
Now Seattle is 1-2 and faces what already feels like must-win games the next two weeks at San Francisco next Sunday and at home against the Rams the following Thursday.
On to some grades.
Russell Wilson was almost flawless early — he was 15 of 19 for 218 yards and one touchdown in the first half.
But one of his few misfires came when Seattle really couldn’t afford it on a third-and-seven play in the fourth quarter. Wilson threw too high for Freddie Swain as former Seahawk Sheldon Richardson bore down on him when it was still 27-17 and enough time left to still make it a game. Seattle punted from its own 43 with 11:48 left and didn’t get the ball back until 4:31 remained, down 30-17.
Early on, this was the best Chris Carson has looked this season as he had 74 yards on 10 carries in the first half, including a 30-yard touchdown.
But with the defense on the field for so long, Seattle had trouble getting back to its running game and Carson finished with just 80 yards on 12 carries.
Alex Collins got some snaps as well but nothing seemed to matter much the way the Vikings moved at will.
DK Metcalf indeed had a bounce-back game after a week of talk about his relatively muted start to the season. Metcalf’s early play was one of the day’s only highlights as he had three catches and a touchdown on the first possession and finished with six for 107.
But as tends to happen when one receiver has a big day, the rest don’t get involved as much. So it was that Tyler Lockett was held to four receptions for 31 yards — but he at least did not suffer a significant injury when he left the game in the fourth quarter grabbing his knee, later returning and saying he was fine afterward.
Seattle got the tight ends more involved this week after they were held to just one catch for 3 yards against Tennessee.
Gerald Everett had five receptions for 54 yards, and Will Dissly had a 39-yard reception in the second quarter.
As the rest of the offense, the line seemed to tire out after the fast start as Wilson was sacked twice in the second half and the running game was just sort of nonexistent. Seattle had just 12 yards on three carries from running backs in the second half.
As expected, Jamarco Jones got the start at right tackle for the injured Brandon Shell.
Undrafted rookie free agent Jake Curhan performed well when he got some snaps at right tackle with Jones dealing with what the team termed an upset stomach.
Center Kyle Fuller was called for an illegal block above the waist that negated a first-down pass to Lockett in the first quarter and caused Seattle to settle for a field goal on its second drive.
Seattle did not have a QB hit from a lineman in the first half and just one for the game as Kirk Cousins threw for three touchdowns. For the second consecutive game, the defensive line got worn down by an opponent’s running game in the second half.
And that’s with the Vikings playing without leading rusher Dalvin Cook, whose 192 yards were fourth in the NFL heading into the weekend (Cook was out with an ankle injury).
His replacement, Alexander Mattison, had a career day with 112 yards.
Alton Robinson got the start at one end spot as the Seahawks again opened with five defensive linemen.
Al Woods, continuing his strong play, drew a holding penalty from Minnesota center Garrett Bradbury in the second quarter.
And Darrell Taylor was credited for a sack in the second half on a play when he stripped the ball out of Cousins’ hands, forcing Cousins to fall on it. But the highlights were few.
Seattle avoided what looked like bad injury news when Jordyn Brooks was carted off in the fourth quarter. It turned out to be a bad case of cramps, and Brooks later returned to the game.
Brooks finished with seven tackles and a QB hit but also was beaten by tight end Tyler Conkling for Minnesota’s first touchdown.
Cody Barton was on the field again for a few snaps in place of Brooks, apparently just as part of a rotation.
Bobby Wagner had 11 tackles and a QB hit, but nothing seemed to make much of an impact.
All you need to know is that in 38 Cousins pass attempts, the Seahawks had just one pass defense and that from defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
Seattle again went with Tre Flowers as the starter at right cornerback despite some conjecture last week that it might be time to go to Sidney Jones. It might be time now after the way Seattle struggled in coverage Sunday.
D.J. Reed wasn’t much better than Flowers, beaten for two touchdowns in the first half as the Vikings gained control. Reed took the blame for one of the TDs, when he was beaten in man coverage on a double move by Justin Jefferson for a 3-yard score. On the other, he was in zone coverage when Adam Thielen caught a 15-yard TD.
Ugo Amadi got the start again at nickel back with Marquise Blair inactive.
Amadi was called for a hold on K.J. Osborn in the second quarter that negated a third-down sack by Rasheem Green and extended what turned out to be Minnesota’s second touchdown drive.
Jamal Adams made a team-high 12 tackles. But his blitzes were again ineffective as he had no QB hits, and in a play coach Pete Carroll won’t like, at one point in the second quarter he simply threw his shoulder at Mattison on a screen pass. Mattison was barely knocked off stride as he continued on his way to a 23-yard gain that sparked Minnesota’s second TD drive.
Jason Myers extended franchise record to 37 consecutive field goals as he hit from 53 to make it 10-7 with 27 seconds left in first quarter. But he missed from 44 in the second quarter — his first since 2019. Instead of a 20-14 Seattle lead, the Vikings took over at their own 34 on the miss and drove for a touchdown that put them ahead at halftime 21-17.