The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 37-30, on Monday Night Football behind a consistent offensive attack led by Russell Wilson and Chris Carson.
After the San Francisco 49ers lost to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, the Seahawks entered this game with a chance to take control of the first seed in the NFC West. And that’s what the Seahawks did.
Both teams traded short rushing touchdowns, with Dalvin Cook scoring first from two yards out and then Carson scoring from the one-yard line. Cook was held in check by the Seahawks defense, attemping just nine rushes and rushing for only 29 yards. Although he’s been one of the best running backs in the league this season, his lone touchdown was the only bright spot of his night.
In the second quarter, a rare Wilson interception was returned for a touchdown and both kickers traded field goals for the halftime score to be in the Vikings favor, 17-10. Even with that interception, Wilson was his normal self, passing for an efficient 240 yards and two touchdowns. His MVP candidacy took a backseat to Lamar Jackson this week, but there’s still four weeks left for both quarterbacks to prove who is superior.
The third quarter was all Seahawks. Rashaad Penny opened the scoring with a one-yard touchdown run. Penny rushed for 74 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. He’s been a nice complimentary piece next to Carson this season. After a field goal, the Seahawks scored on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to David Moore. Yeah, sometimes Wilson is throwing passes to guys no ones ever heard of.
A Penny 13-yard touchdown reception from Wilson pushed the Seahawks lead to 34-17. The Vikings responded and made the game intriguing. Kirk Cousins connected with Laquon Treadwell for a 58-yard touchdown pass, and then on the next drive, found Kyle Rudolph for a three-yard touchdown pass to make it a four-point game with only two minutes left. Cousins was good, but not great in this game, passing for 276 yards and two touchdowns. The third quarter, in which the Vikings were unable to score, can be attributed to Cousins and the lack of the Vikings ability to sustain a successful drive for the whole quarter.
The Seahawks got the ball back and kicked a 36-yard field goal with seconds left to put the final score at 37-30. With the win and 49ers loss, the Seahawks are now in first place of the NFC West.