NFL fans have been just treated to yet one more classic prime time game through the 2019 season. On “Monday Night Football,” the Seahawks — on the strength of 4 consecutive second-half scores — rallied to defeat the visiting Vikings, 37-30.
With the win, the Seahawks are actually 10-2 and in front of the 49ers for first place in the NFC West. Conversely, the Vikings — who lost starting running again Dalvin Prepare dinnerthrough the third quarter — fall to 8-Four and a full sport behind the Packers within the NFC North division race. The Vikings, if the playoffs started today, would make the playoffs as the NFC’s sixth seed.
Trailing 17-10 at intermission, 24 unanswered points by the Seahawks gave them a seemingly insurmountable lead less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. One play after the Seahawks tied the rating on Rashaad Penny’s one-yard landing run, Seattle defensive finish Rasheem Green’s forced fumble of Cook was recovered by Bradley McDougald simply outdoors the Vikings’ red zone. The turnover set up Jason Myer’s second area aim.
Seattle stretched their result in 10 points on their next possession, with Wilson hitting David Moore on a 60-yard landing move. Two performs after Moore’s landing, an interception by Tre Flowers arrange Rashaad Penny’s second landing of the night to stretch Seattle’s result in 34-14. The decide was Cousins’ first in 202 pass attempts, a franchise report.
Cousins took benefit of blown coverage moments later, hitting Laquon Treadwell for a 58-yard score. Cousins would then make it a four-point sport after connecting with tight finish Kyle Rudolph for a three-yard rating with just over seven minutes left.
After Seattle’s defense pressured a turnover on downs, an 11-yard run by Chris Carson — who rushed over 100 yards on Monday evening set up Myers’ 36-yard area aim whereas icing the Seahawks’ sixth straight win over the Vikings.
Let’s take a deeper dive into how Seattle pulled it off:
Why the Seahawks won
Quite simply, they made extra performs. Minnesota started fairly effectively, getting an enormous chunk of yardage on a C.J. Ham dump-off and stealing momentum with their pick-six off Russell Wilson’s batted pass, however the Seahawks one-upped them, forcing two turnovers and scoring 17 factors in a six-series span within the second half. That is referred to as resiliency, with Wilson main the best way, never once losing his cool after the early turnover and consistently extending performs along with his trademark elusiveness. Pete Carroll’s group was additionally simply good, inventive and aggressive, from the fake-punt conversion to the methodical floor sport fueled by each Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny (176 mixed yards). The defense might have gotten away with just a few penalties, however its physicality was additionally obvious, notably when the Vikings tried to mount a comeback within the sport’s waning minutes.
Why the Vikings lost
It certainly wasn’t due to Kirk Cousins, regardless of the QB’s infamously winless “Monday Night Football” report. He took some time to start out taking shots towards a susceptible Seattle secondary, and his receivers dropped too many targets, however in any other case, Cousins looked calm and picked up, particularly as he pulled Minnesota inside 4, guiding the group to 13 unanswered factors, within the last quarter. They misplaced due to their pricey errors — Prepare dinner’s fumble throughout a tie sport, Diggs’ bobbled ball that led to a late decide, Dan Bailey’s missed further level throughout their rally, a kick-return fumble to finish their comeback try. Poor tackling additionally exacerbated a frequently victimized secondary, whereas Xavier Rhodes additionally did his greatest handy Seattle factors, save for a late pressured fumble that got here after an obvious benching.
Once we look again on the 2019 Vikings season, it’s important to marvel if we’ll look again at this second because the one which modified the course of the playoff run: Prepare dinner’s misplaced fumble with 8:56 left within the third. Not solely did the turnover, which got here on the very first play of the Vikings’ drive and proper after a 4:20 TD collection from Seattle to knot the rating at 17, make sure the Seahawks would get a main probability at taking the lead, but it surely additionally pressured arguably Minnesota’s offensive MVP to the sidelines, with Prepare dinner sustaining a shoulder damage on the play and by no means returning. After the fumble, Seattle rattled off 17 straight factors to go up 34-17 and bury Minnesota simply sufficient.
Play of the game
Wilson’s excellent 60-yard floater to a wide-open David Moore was fairly to have a look at, and so was the Seahawks receivers’ post-score celebration. Kyle Rudolph additionally made a heck of a one-handed snag of Cousins’ fourth-quarter TD to drag the Vikings inside one rating. However Tre Flowers’ decide whereas covering Diggs in all probability tops all of them. Flowers was slightly handsy alongside the sideline but nonetheless deserves all of the credit score on this planet for his consciousness, stealing the ball from Diggs’ juggling palms to present Seattle possession deep in Vikings territory.
.@_Slimm7 said nope! ❌
Interception, #Seahawks ball!
Q4: SEA 27, MIN 17 pic.twitter.com/p363niUWfl
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 3, 2019
“Kirk Cousins merely can’t enable 400-plus yards on protection and count on to be thought-about an elite quarterback.”
These phrases are courtesy of Minnesota-area reporter Brian Murphy. And so they do ring true, so long as you get the joke. This evening was all about the Seahawks persevering with their climb within the West, however everyone knows the headlines are coming: Cousins still winless on Monday evening! And you recognize what? If there’s one factor Vikings followers ought to take solace in shifting ahead, it is that their man under middle truly looked actually good on this sport. If Minnesota fails to win the division and Cousins retains enjoying as he has for a lot of the 12 months, it is not going to be anyplace close to his fault, it doesn’t matter what the critics say.
The Seahawks (10-2) are now on a campaign for the NFC West title, and so they’ll have one other probability to spice up their standing in Week 14, after they travel to Los Angeles for a Sunday evening showdown with the Rams (7-5) on Dec. 8. The Vikings (8-4), in the meantime, can be determined to rebound to keep pace with the Green Bay Packers (9-3) within the NFC North, and so they’ll be up towards one other rival in the Detroit Lions (3-8-1), at home on the same day.