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

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FINAL: Seahawks 27, Vikings 26

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Seahawks score last-minute TD

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Russell Wilson throws late INT

Vikings jump back in front

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Adam Jude's third-quarter thoughts

The awakening

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.

Classic Cousins

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.

—Adam Jude
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End of third: Seahawks 21, Vikings 19

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Vikings respond with TD

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Seahawks add another TD

Seahawks take the lead

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Seahawks recover fumble

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook questionable to return

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Seahawks find the end zone

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook leaves game

Seahawks go three and out to open 2nd half

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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.

Receivers invisible

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.

—Bob Condotta

Halftime: Vikings 13, Seahawks 0

Vikings add another FG before halftime

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Seahawks facing largest deficit of season

Vikings tack on 3

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Adam Jude's first-quarter thoughts

Russell Wilson warms up for Sunday’s game with the Vikings at CenturyLink Field. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Russell Wilson warms up for Sunday’s game with the Vikings at CenturyLink Field. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Cook cookin'

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.

Third-down trouble

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.

—Adam Jude
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End of first: Vikings 7, Seahawks 0

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Vikings open the scoring with TD

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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.

—Bob Condotta

Seahawks players sit, stay in locker room for national anthem

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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.

—Bob Condotta

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.

—Bob Condotta

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.

—Bob Condotta

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.

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—Bob Condotta

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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—Bob Condotta