Sunday’s game between the Seattle Seahawks ( 4-0) and the Minnesota Vikings ( 1-3) could be decided on one team’s ability to impose it’s running will on the other. No disrespect to MVP leading candidate Russell Wilson. An efficient run game will open up the play-action game package for Wilson and Vikings QB Kirk Cousins The Wilson led Seahawks offense is ranked no. 3 in passing an 17th in rushing. The Vikings offense is ranked no.5 in rushing averaging 150.5 yards per game.
The Vikings offense is led by running back Dalvin Cook who leads the NFL in rushing with 424 yards and six touchdowns. Chris Carson’s 237 yards puts him at no.19 when using Pro Football References rushing yards index. The Seahawks defense will need to play disciplined football, staying on their reads, keeping the play in front of them, and allow no extra yards after contact.
Cook’ s most impressive stat might be his NFL -high 21 missed tackles according to Pro Football Focus.
A HEALTHY CARSON
For the Seahawks Carson, the team leading rusher for the last two years durability has been the goal. Carson has yet to play a full season without an injury. After missing 15 games in three seasons set the goal of playing all 16 games in 2020. The goal looked to be a shattered dream in Week Three. A suspicious tackle by the Cowboys Trysten Hill in the fourth quarter resulted in a knee injury to Carson. Fortunately for Carson, the injury was a minor knee strain. Trysten was fined $6,522 for the “ Gator Roll Tackle”
Carson recovered from the injury to record his best rushing performance of the season. Last week against the Dolphins, Carson rush for 80 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. If Carson is able to replicate or come close to those same numbers the Seahawks could have an easy time of it Sunday night against the Vikings.