The Seattle Seahawks go into next week’s bye week with a 5-0 record and a true belief that this maybe a special season for them. After another improbable comeback win by MVP front runner Russell Wilson who can blame them. Wilson engineered his 34th come from behind win as the Seahawks starting quarterback. Here are some quick takes from the game.
DISMALL FIRST HALF FOR THE OFFENSE
The Seahawks offensive line was simply dominated in the first by the Vikings defense. Quarterback Russell Wilson was sacked four times for 27 yards. Wilson was the Seahawks leading rusher in the first with 35yards. The Seahawks as an offense were 0-3 on third down in the first half. More perplexing was that the Seahawks average drive start was the 29 yard line. The Seahawks finished the first half with a net 13 yards passing compared to the Vikings 139.
The Vikings defensive scheme of playing two deep safeties prevented the Seahawks speedy wide receivers from getting separation down field. DK Metcalf , Tyler Lockett and Freddie Swain each caught just one pass in the first half.
DELVAN COOK FACTOR
The NFL leading rusher was as good as advertised. Cook had 65 rushing yards on 17 carries and one touchdown in the first half.
The Loss of Dalvin Cook on the Vikings first play of their first possession of the second half completely changed the game. Without Cook in the game the Seahawks were able to jam the box and dare the Vikings to pass the ball. The Vikings offensive line is one of the top when it comes to pass blocking but towards the bottom when it come pass blocking. The result was a 21 point scoring spree by the Seahawks in a span of 1:53 seconds.
STAYING FOCUSED IN THE MOMENT
Wilson found Will Dissly on a 19 yard touchdown throw. A Kirk Cousins fumble on the Vikings next possession was converted into a Wilson to Metcalf 13 yard TD pass and catch. KJ. Wright intercepted Cousins on the Vikings next and the Seahawks made it three consecutive touchdowns when Chris Carson busted through the Vikings defense for a 29 yard score
POOR RUN DEFENSE
Despite the Seahawks 21 point outburst the Seahawks went back to their run game using Alexander Mattison. The Vikings Mattison did more than keep the seat warm for the injured Cook. Mattison gashed the Seahawks defense for 112 yards on 20 carries. With the run game clicking again the Vikings play action package was in motion. Cousins three yard TD pass to Adam Thielen brought the Vikings within two at 19 to 21. A 15 play 97 yard that took 8:11 of game clock gave the Vikings the lead at 26-21.
THE SEAHAWKS REALLY BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES
After the Vikings touchdowns the Seahawks offense trotted onto the field and looked to have the game in hand with 7:08 left to play. A Wilson interception on the drives fourth play would have deflated most teams. Not the Seahawks who actually believe anything is possible.
The impossible went to maybe when the Seahawks defense stopped the Vikings on fourth at the Seattle six yard line with 1:57 left in the game.
The maybe possible turned into the improbable when Wilson connected with Metcalf for the game winning touchdown on 4th and 6. A Benson Mayoma sack of Cousins with 10 seconds left in the game sealed the improbable win for the 5-0 Seahawks.