The Seahawks are rolling as they return to primetime as they battle the Vikings for playoff position on Monday Night Football. Kirk Cousins has won once in Seattle — can he lead the upset and do it again with Minnesota? Follow here for live updates, highlights and analysis.
5:15 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Wash.
TV: ESPN | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: WatchESPN
5:46 | Seahawks 6, Vikings 0 The Seahawks’ brilliant defensive effort bled over onto special teams. Bobby Wagner leaps over the line (with a little leverage from his teammates) to block Dan Bailey’s 47-yard field goal attempt and keep it 6-0 Seahawks.
9:12 | Seahawks 6, Vikings 0 First and goal? Nope. Second and goal? Try again. Third and goal? Stuffed. Fourth and goal? Bradley McDougald says not a chance. Does defense win championships? Yes, if they play an entire game the way the Seahawks’ defense did backed up against their goal line on Minnesota’s first offensive drive of the fourth quarter.
13:26 | Seahawks 6, Vikings 0 If you like defense and field goals, this is the game for you. Early in the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson gets the Seahawks to the Minnesota 10 before Anthony Barr sacks him into Sunday on a ferocious blitz. The result? A loss of seven yards. It’s all good though. Sebastian Janikowski trots out two plays later and knocks a 35-yard FG through the uprights. —Stefanie Loh
11:13 | Seahawks 3, Vikings 0 Early in the second half came the play you’ve all been waiting for. One that finally justified the dozens of “No. 74 is an eligible receiver” calls you’ve heard throughout the season. Russell Wilson shot the ball to George Fant – the tight end-turned-tackle-turned-moonlighing tight end. And he picked up a 9-yard gain to boot!
Halftime thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- What an ugly ending to the half. The Seahawks got to the 1 but didn’t score on what was Wilson’s first interception since the loss to the Chargers on Nov. 4. We’ll see if that comes back to haunt the Seahawks, who will get the ball first to start the second half.
- Seattle is running it well but not so much in the passing game. The receivers appear to have trouble getting open consistently and the Minnesota line is getting some pretty good pressure.
- Seattle held the Vikings to just 61 yards in the first half. We’ll have to check but that could be a season low for Seattle.
Interesting halftime stat:
0:00 | Seahawks 3, Vikings 0 Big mistake from Russell Wilson to end the first half there. On first-and-goal from the Vikings’ 1, Wilson backpedaled, trying to evade the rush with a pass rusher barreling down on him. Realizing that he had no way out, Wilson hucked the ball, hoping to air it out and throw it away safely. Unfortunately for him, it fell into the arms of Minnesota linebacker Eric Kendricks instead. Just like that, the Seahawks squandered away the chance to potentially go up two scores at halftime. —Stefanie Loh
8:09 | Seahawks 3, Vikings 0 Rashaad Penny was questionable to play in Monday’s game with an ankle injury. Not only did he play, he broke a few ankles along the way. Early in the second quarter on Monday, the rookie running back took a toss, cut around the left edge, gained two yards, stopped, reversed field, busted around the right edge and finished with a hard-earned 17-yard gain. He currently has 34 yards on just four carries. —Mike Vorel
The drive was cut short, however, when Russell Wilson couldn’t connect on a pair of deep balls and Jordan Simmons instigated a scuffle, drawing a 15-yard penalty — though it was originally assessed to Germain Ifedi. Has his reputation begun to precede him? Ifedi was later shown attempting to break up the fight — not start it.
11:33 | Seahawks 3, Vikings 0 Facing Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, who’d already jitterbugged his way through the Seahawks’ main line of defense, Seahawks rookie cornerback Tre Flowers won a one-on-one battle on the outside edge, pouncing on Cook’s foot to stop what could have been a long gain on second down. Flowers, a college safety at Oklahoma State, has three solo tackles so far tonight, and he’s done well in his first season of pro ball despite playing a new position. —Stefanie Loh
14:11 | Seahawks 3, Vikings 0 The Seahawks’ first scoring drive of Monday’s game was quintessential 2018 Seahawks. They marched 70 yards in 13 plays, swallowing 6:39 in clock. At one point, the Seahawks ran on six consecutive plays. And yet, Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter picked up sack No. 12.5 of the season to end the drive and force a Sebastian Janikowski field goal. —Mike Vorel
First-quarter thoughts from Bob Condotta:
- Well, the Vikings indeed are trying to establish the run, like they’d promised they would, with six rushing attempts to five passes. But it hasn’t really worked as the Vikings have 21 yards rushing and have punted twice. Two really nice plays by Jarran Reed on runs helping the cause.
- Seattle is establishing the run with 56 yards rushing on 10 attempts including 18 by two Wilson runs — one when he kept it on a zone read and another a scramble out of trouble.
- Rashaad Penny, listed as questionable with an ankle injury, appears to be playing as usual and has two carries for 12 yards.
5:50 | Seahawks 0, Vikings 0 The Seahawks defense has been one bright streak of green thus far, harassing QB Kirk Cousins and attacking Vikings ball carriers. Bobby Wagner had Dalvin Cook stopped in the backfield, but he got flagged for phantom facemask, extending Minnesota’s drive. Then there was this play, which took a roundabout path to a short gain and a make-up no call on what was a far clearer facemask infraction by Wagner.
11:24 | Seahawks 0, Vikings 0 Hawks pass rush brought the heat on this first defensive series. First, Jacob Martin almost gets to Kirk Cousins, but the offense is penalized for delay of game. Then, Akeem King comes off a corner blitz and smacks Cousins as he throws. The pass is broken up by Bradley McDougald and just like that, the Vikings have to punt.
5:15 p.m. Pete Carroll watched attentively on the big screen as Matt Hasselback raised the 12th Man Flag.
3:53 p.m. Receiver Doug Baldwin was listed as one of Seattle’s seven inactive players for Monday night’s game against the Vikings due to a hip/groin issue.
Baldwin had been listed as questionable heading into the game and coach Pete Carroll said he would be a game-time decision.
But it doesn’t appear there was much of a decision to make as Baldwin was not seen working out on the field prior to the game, unlike two weeks ago at Carolina when he went through an extensive workout and the was cleared to play.
Other Seattle inactives were: LB K.J. Wright, OL D.J. Fluker and fullback Tre Madden, all for health issues, while cornerback Kalan Reed, center Joey Hunt and defensive end Branden Jackson were healthy scratches.
Baldwin will miss his third game this season — he also sat out the second and third games of the season after suffering a sprained MCL.
Prior to sitting out in the second game at Chicago Baldwin had played in 89 straight games dating to the 2012 season.
Baldwin has 37 receptions this season, second most on the Seahawks, but has battled injuries to both knees, as well as two different groin/hip injuries and a sore elbow.
— Bob Condotta
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