Quick impressions from Seahawks 37-30 win over Vikings

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The Seattle Seahawks continued their  prolific Monday Night record with a gutsy 37 to 30 wins over the Minnesota Vikings Monday Night at CenturyLink Field.  In the process of improving their Monday Night home record to 12-1 the Seahawks improved their season record to 10-2 and leapfrogged the  San Francisco 49ers for first place in the NFC West.

The Seahawks own the head to head competition between the two teams due to the Seahawks  week Ten 27-24 win over the Niners. The  NFC  rivals  will  finish the regular season with a Week 17 rematch  on December 29th in Seattle . Here is some quick impression from the Seahawks Prime time win over the Vikings.

RUNNING GAME  IS  A TWO  BACK AFFAIR

Pete  Carroll and John Schneider surprised everyone when they selected Rashaad Penny in the first round during the 2018 draft. Carroll has been steadfast in his philosophy of having two complementary  running backs. Chris Carson had established himself as the starter so the move to draft made no sense on a paper. After a precarious  rookie season  due to injury , Carroll’s belief never wavered, and that patience is now being rewarded.  On Monday the Seahawks two back rushing attacked  accounted  for two rushing  touchdowns  and  176 of the teams 218  rushing yards.

Carson  finished the game with 102 yards on 23 carries after going through concussion protocol in the  second quarter. Penny did more than play a stand in role. The second year back from  San Diego State had 15 carries for 74 yards. The 218 yards rushing was a season high for the Seahawks and  more impressive was that the feat was accomplished against  a Vikings  team that came into the game ranked 6th against the run and was allowing 94.2 yards a game.

THE  DEFENSE HAS ARRIVED

The Seahawks defense continues to improve each week. Last week against the  Philadelphia Eagles the  Seahawks defense forced three fumbles and two interceptions. On Monday night the defense continued to create turnovers. Tre Flowers had another interception adding  to the one he had in Philadelphia and Rasheem Green’s hit  on Dalvin Cook in the third quarter  caused a fumble that  was recovered by Bradley McDougald at the Vikings 26 yard line.  The turnover led to a 26 yard field that gave the  Seahawks a 20-17 lead they never relinquished. The Vikings made a furious comeback that fell short.

When it mattered most Seahawks, defensive front seen bowed up and shut down the Vikings. Jadeveon Clowney returned after missing the  Eagles game and his presence added to the Jarran Reed and Ziggy Ansah’s  relentless pressure on Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins and the shutting down of the  Vikings run game. While they did not record a sack, the Seahawks Dline had seven hits on Cousins.

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