Seattle Seahawks (4-0)
vs. Minnesota Vikings (1-3)
5:20 p.m. | CenturyLink Field | Seattle
TV: NBC | Radio: 710 AM/97.3 FM | Stream: NFL Game Pass
Live updates: Seahawks vs. Vikings
FINAL: Seahawks 27, Vikings 26
Seahawks score last-minute TD
TOUCHDOWN OMG— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) October 12, 2020
🏈 Wilson ➡️ Metcalf for 6 yards (two-point attempt failed)
📍 13 plays, 94 yards
Q4 | Seahawks 27, Vikings 26 https://t.co/EEyLuZowXc
Fourth-down magic, Wilson to Metcalf -- who had dropped a TD pass earlier -- and Seahawks take a 27-26 lead with 15 seconds left. Deep breathe, everyone.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 12, 2020
And he doesn't get it. Wagner and Mayowa given the credit for the play. A field goal woulda put then up 8. Had they kicked PAT earlier in game a FG there sews it up. Instead. ....— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Big hustle there by Damontre Moore. Vikings have a big decision to make before the two minute warning.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Third and 4 at the 9 for the Vikings and they call time before the play that will decide if Seattle has any hope left.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Russell Wilson throws late INT
Vikings jump back in front
Vikings 26, Seahawks 21 with 7:08 left. Oh, it's raining.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 12, 2020
15 play 97 yard drive for the Vikings there.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Now it's the Vikings surging, as another Thielen touchdown puts them on top of Seahawks, 26-21. It's a 13-0 run following a 21-0 Seattle run. Can Wilson produce some of his patented fourth-quarter magic?— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 12, 2020
Adam Jude's third-quarter thoughts
Hey, that’s the Seahawks offense we know and love!
Trailing 13-0 at the half, the Seahawks had a quick three-and-out to open the third quarter.
Then the rain stopped and the Seahawks got back to normal.
The Seahawks needed just 1 minute, 53 seconds to score three touchdowns and take a 21-13 lead midway through the third quarter.
Russell Wilson found Will Dissly for a 19-yard touchdown — the former UW tight end’s first touchdown reception since his devastating Achilles injury a year ago in Cleveland.
After a Minnesota turnover, Wilson threw a bullet to DK Metcalf for a 13-yard TD, giving the Seahawks their first lead of the game.
Then on the first snap after another Minnesota turnover — more on that in a moment — Chris Carson took a handoff, spun out of several tackles and ran 29 yards for his first touchdown of the game. Seahawks 21, Vikings 13. Just like that.
Hey, that’s the PrimeTime Cousins we know and love!
Kirk Cousins had turnovers on back-to-back possessions inside Minnesota territory. The first was a fumble caused by Damontre Moore and recovered by K.J. Wright, a play ruled a fumble after a review.
Wright then made a leaping interception Cousins at the Minnesota 29, setting up Carson’s touchdown run.
Cook dinged up
Dalvin Cook left the game early in the third quarter with a groin injury and was listed as questionable to return.
He came back into the game briefly after his departure but Alexander Mattison got most of the snaps on the Vikings' first drive of the fourth quarter. If Cook remains out, that's significant.
Cook came into the week leading the NFL in rushing yards, and he already had 89 yards from scrimmage in a little over a half against the Seahawks.
Dunbar is back on the sidelines holding his helmet, but Flowers remains in the game at RCB.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
End of third: Seahawks 21, Vikings 19
Vikings blitzed and Wilson lofted it high for Metcalf, but just a bit too far and Seattle is stopped and will punt.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Another really good play by Seattle's punt team. Special teams has really been an advantage for Seattle this year.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Vikings respond with TD
Cousins to Thielen for the TD and Vikings going for two.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Seattle opponents now just 1-5 on two point attempts this season.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Seahawks add another TD
Carson a 29-yard TD. Seattle has 21 points in one minute and 53 seconds and now lead it 21-13.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Seahawks cash in immediately on bruising 29-yard TD run by Chris Carson. They lead 21-13. What a turnaround.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 12, 2020
Seahawks 21, Vikings 13. That's three touchdowns in 1 minute, 53 seconds for the Seahawks.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 12, 2020
Seahawks take the lead
Touchdown, Seahawks. Wilson to Metcalf. Going to need the Statcast numbers on that Russ fastball, man. Spin rate through the roof.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 12, 2020
Just like that Seattle has the lead, 14-13, with 8:19 to play in the third quarter.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Seahawks recover fumble
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook questionable to return
Dalvin Cook a groin injury and return listed as questionable.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Minnesota again going nowhere fast. Feels like we've seen this game before....— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
This is more like the PrimeTime Cousins we know and love.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 12, 2020
The change of momentum in this game has been amazing.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 12, 2020
Seahawks find the end zone
TD to Dissly and the Seattle quick strike offense is back. Amazing how quickly games can turn....— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Wilson to Dissly for a 19-yard touchdown, and as badly as they've played, #Seahawks right back in this one. Trail 13-7.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 12, 2020
Wilson 101-0 for 92 yards and a TD and suddenly a passer rating of 138.3.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Vikings RB Dalvin Cook leaves game
Dalvin Cook left the field after first play. That would change things....— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Cook left with an injury in third quarter of 2019 game here too ... https://t.co/5LnZgz9YwJ— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 12, 2020
Cook headed to locker room.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Seahawks go three and out to open 2nd half
Seahawks go three runs on first series and can't get a first down.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Bob Condotta's halftime thoughts
Lines getting dominated
The tale of this half seemed pretty simple -- Minnesota is dominating on both sides of the ball.
The Vikings had four sacks of Wilson in the first half, one coming on a four-man rush out of a prevent defense when Minnesota seemed willing to give up a short to moderate gain but got to him anyway.
Offensively, while Seattle did come up with a couple short-yardage stops, the Vikings had 78 yards rushing on 19 attempts in the first half, 4.1 per carry, which helped Minnesota control the ball for a stunning 20:16.
Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf each had just one catch in the first half, with Lockett’s coming on the final play on a 9-yarder when the Vikings were content to give up anything short.
Otherwise, neither had done anything, something that is hard to believe given that a storyline going into this one was the struggles of a young Minnesota cornerback corps and Seattle’s obvious passing success so far this season. Wilson hasn’t had a lot of time to throw, which is one factor. But the Vikings also appear to have done a nice job covering up Seattle’s receivers.
Of Wilson’s seven completions, four went to running back Chris Carson as the Seahawks seemed to be forcing passes to the running backs.
Running game doing nothing
The weather -- it’s rained throughout and there’s been a noticeable wind -- led to the idea that the Seahawks might run it a lot.
But so far, they haven’t done that either, as Seattle has just 18 yards on only four attempts from running backs -- just 13 on three by Carson.
Wilson has scrambled for 35 yards on three carries to make Seattle’s overall running numbers look okay.
But the Seahawks will not live long on just four rushing attempts by the backs.
Halftime: Vikings 13, Seahawks 0
HALFTIME— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) October 12, 2020
Seahawks were thoroughly dominated in every way possible in the first half and trail 13-0 at intermission. They get the ball to start the second half.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 12, 2020
Vikings add another FG before halftime
Dan Bailey's 46 yard field goal is good and Vikings lead it 13-0 with 10 seconds left in half. Seattle will get ball to start second half....— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Sack does in Seattle on this drive. Seahawks will punt for second time on two drives. Really nice play on punt team by Amadi.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Seahawks facing largest deficit of season
Seahawks trailed a couple times by 7 against Pats. This is the largest deficit of season now at 10-0.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Vikings tack on 3
A 17 play 64 yard drive. Pretty much the opposite of explosive.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Bailey hits a 52-yarder to put Minny up 10-0 with 8:33 to play in second quarter. Vikings have taken A LOT of time off the clock.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Adam Jude's first-quarter thoughts
Dalvin Cook is a load. The NFL’s leading rusher (coming into Week 5) already has eight carries for 35 yards, including an 8-yard TD run on the game’s opening drive, to give the Vikings an early 7-0 lead. The Seahawks have to slow him — at least a little bit — if they hope to win this game.
The Seahawks came into the week as the second-worst defense on third down, allowing opponents to convert on 51.9% of third-down plays. Those issues continued in the first drive Sunday, as the Vikings converted their first third down — a third-and-11 pass for 11 yards to the Seattle 44 — and then had a successful fourth-and-2 conversion on their touchdown drive. The Vikings held the ball for 9 minutes, 58 seconds in the first quarter, showing that the best way to beat Russell Wilson is to keep him off the field.
Pin 'em back
Oh hey, a Michael Dickson sighting (we haven’t seen much of him this season). The Seahawks elected to punt from the Minnesota 37-yard line, and it was a good decision as Dickson landed the punt inside the 10 and Linden Stephens downed it at the 2.
End of first: Vikings 7, Seahawks 0
Not a super LRC aggressive play there as Seahawks play for the punt and pinning Vikings deep.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
But Seahawks get the punt they want as Stephens downs it at the 2.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Dickson has been really huge punting so far this season.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Vikings open the scoring with TD
Touchdown, Vikings. Dalvin Cook from 8 yards. Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 6:12. Vikings 7, Seahawks 0.— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) October 12, 2020
Tidy 12 play 77 yard drive for Vikings to take a 7-0 lead at the 8:48 of first quarter. Seahawks should maybe rethink the deferring thing.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Seahawks couldn't get off the field on third (and fourth) down a familiar lament, and give up a long touchdown drive on Vikings' first possession.— Larry Stone (@StoneLarry) October 12, 2020
Quinton Dunbar in, Snacks Harrison out
Seahawks general manager John Schneider said on the team’s pregame radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle that Quinton Dunbar might have been able to play last week while dealing with a sore knee but that one consideration was the long flights to and from Miami and how that might impact his knee. So Dunbar stayed home last week.
Dunbar was able to practice this week and returned to the starting lineup at right cornerback.
Schneider also said the Seahawks felt defensive lineman Damon “Snacks’’ Harrison needed more time to get his body in football shape and that was why he was inactive for Sunday’s game.
Harrison had not done any football-related activity since the end of the 2019 season.
He was released by Detroit in February and had not been on a roster until signing last week with Seattle’s practice squad.
The Seahawks did not elevate Harrison from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.
Seahawks players sit, stay in locker room for national anthem
Looked like about seven Seahawks sat for the anthem and at least 14 stayed in the locker room.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 12, 2020
Jordan Simmons working as the first team left guard in warmups. So looks like he'll fill in for Iupati tonight.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 11, 2020
Quinton Dunbar working with the starting defense at right corner as Seahawks begin full team warmups. Barton at WLB and KJ Wright at SLB.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) October 11, 2020
Jen Mueller fills in for suspended Dori Monson on broadcasts
On Friday, we learned Dori Monson had been indefinitely suspended by the Seahawks from their pregame, postgame and halftime shows for a tweet during Wednesday’s gubernatorial debate that some viewed as transphobic.
On Sunday, Jen Mueller filled in for Monson on the shows, and it is expected she will continue to fill in as long as Monson is suspended.
Mueller had a regular role in the broadcasts as the home sideline reporter.
That role will go to Jessamyn McIntyre, who has had a regular role in the broadcasts, doing scoreboard updates.
McIntyre has also been the sideline reporter for Washington State University football broadcasts since 2012.
Mike Iupati a surprise inactive vs. Vikings
Seattle’s list of inactive players for Sunday’s game against Minnesota included one mild surprise -- left guard Mike Iupati.
Iupati was listed as questionable this week with knee and back issues. But coach Pete Carroll said on Friday that Iupati had had a case of back spasms that had cleared up and indicated he would play.
Instead, Iupati was listed as one of Seattle’s six inactives for the game and will sit out.
The other inactives are safety Jamal Adams, safety Lano Hill, running back Carlos Hyde, linebacker Jordyn Brooks and offensive lineman Kyle Fuller.
Adams (groin), Hill (back), Hyde (shoulder) and Brooks (knee) are all injury inactives leaving Fuller as the only healthy scratch.
Iupati’s listed backup is Jordan Simmons, who appears likely to get the start. He played all but four snaps of the Dallas game at right guard after rookie Damien Lewis was injured.
Jamarco Jones would be another option, as he is listed as the backup at the other guard spot and has played 43 snaps this season.
Adams was declared out on Friday, and on Sunday the team officially declared Hill out a few hours before the game.
Carroll on Friday indicated Hill may have a long-term issue with his back seeming to hint at a possible injured-reserve stint.
The Seahawks on Saturday elevated Damarious Randall from the practice squad to add depth at safety with Adams and Hill out.
Ryan Neal will again start at strong safety with Adams and Hill out.
What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Minnesota Vikings — plus Bob Condotta’s prediction
The seemingly-annual game against Minnesota also allows for the Seahawks to make some history Sunday night.
Beat Minnesota and Seattle will get to 5-0 for the first time in a team history that dates to 1976.
There won’t be a lot of secrets between these two teams, though, as this will be the fifth regular-season game the two have played since December 2015, as well as a playoff game at the end of the 2015 season and preseason games every year from 2016-19.
Let’s look at a few keys to the game.
Seahawks elevate Damarious Randall from practice squad, but not Damon ‘Snacks’ Harrison
The Seahawks used just one of their two practice-squad elevations for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, adding safety Damarious Randall to the roster on Saturday.
That meant the Seahawks did not elevate defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison, a nine-year veteran who was signed to the practice squad this week as a free agent.
It was something of a surprise that a veteran of Harrison’s stature signed to the practice squad in the first place given that he has been a full-time starter in the league since 2013, including 15 starts last year with the Lions.
With only one NFC playoff bye, every game may be a true ‘championship opportunity’ for the Seahawks
There was a time when Pete Carroll made a big deal out of what were deemed to be big games.
Carroll has several times recalled his first year at USC in 2001, when he made his first trip to Notre Dame — one of the school’s longest and fiercest rivals — as head coach of the Trojans.
Carroll decided to do it up, showing the players all the must-see sights of any trip to Notre Dame, such as Touchdown Jesus and the Grotto, to emphasize the magnitude of the rivalry.
Come kickoff — as Carroll said in 2017 — “we got our butt kicked,” Notre Dame beating USC 27-16.
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