The Seattle Seahawks stayed undefeated on the season with the help of some classic “Russ magic”: a 13-play, 94-yard drive to win the game in the final seconds on 4th-and-goal. Does it get more Russell Wilson than that?
The Seattle Seahawks, for the first time in franchise history, start 5-0.
Let’s break down why the Seahawks were able to come back and win against the Vikings.
Minnesota’s Run Game
The Minnesota Vikings had a very good shot at winning this game. They rode the shoulders of running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison throughout the game. The Seahawks front-seven was put to the test in this one and battled all night long. Cook injured his groin in this game, but still finished with 17 carries for 65 yards and the game’s first touchdown, alongside five catches for 24 yards.
After the injury, Alexander Mattison took over starting running back duties for the rest of the game. Mattison finished with 20 carries for 112 yards, alongside three catches for 24 yards. Mattison was very effective after Cook was ruled out of the game.
Russell Wilson Does It Again
Russell Wilson did not have his best performance in this game, but he showed up when it mattered most. Wilson finished the day going 20-of-32 for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He was picked off once by Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson. Russ was also Seattle’s leading rusher, carrying the ball five times for 58 yards. Overall, not the best performance based on Russell Wilson’s usual standards, but it was enough to come out with a win.
The Vikings defense deserves some credit for Wilson’s early first-half struggles. Minnesota ran a two-high safety look for most of the game, and it threw off the Seahawks’ rhythm in the first half in forcing Wilson to hold onto the ball longer than usual. If it were not for some Russell Wilson late-game heroics, then the Vikings would be sitting at 2-3 right now.
Seattle has been great in the third quarter of all of their games so far this season. This could be credited to good coaching in making adjustments, or the team rallying behind their leader, No. 3.
The Seahawks, down 13-0 at halftime, came out very strong in the third quarter. Wilson hit tight end Will Dissly for a 19-yard touchdown to get the offense rolling for Seattle in the second half.
On Seattle’s second possession of the quarter, Wilson hit his favorite target so far this season, D.K. Metcalf, for a 13-yard touchdown. Seattle took the lead, 14-13, just like that.
The Seahawks were able to get the ball back quickly after an incredible K.J. Wright one-handed interception. This is where the momentum really starts to favor Seattle. On the ensuing play, running back Chris Carson scored from 29 yards out, to contribute to 21 unanswered Seahawks points in just about seven minutes of the third quarter. The Seahawks had taken the lead for the first time in the game.
Kirk Cousins was able to answer quickly with a three-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Adam Thielen. This made the score a two-point game heading into the fourth quarter, 21-19.
At this point in the game, I did not know what to expect besides a wild finish. Kirk Cousins was able to find Adam Thielen for the second time in the game, for a six-yard touchdown about midway through the fourth quarter. Minnesota regained the lead, 26-21.
On the ensuing drive, Russell Wilson was intercepted by linebacker Eric Wilson with 5:56 left in the quarter. Minnesota, regaining possession on their own 43-yard line, had all the momentum and just had to close the game out.
Six straight run plays and a pass to Adam Thielen got the Vikings down to the Seahawks’ six-yard line with just two minutes to go. Head coach Mike Zimmer had the biggest decision of the game on a 4th-and-1: Do you take the field goal and give Russell Wilson the ball down eight points, or do you go for it and don’t even give Wilson the chance?
Once again, the Seahawks defense showed up in the biggest moment of the game to give Seattle one last shot.
Russell Wilson and his offense on the field at their own six-yard line, down by five points. A touchdown wins the game for the Seahawks. It almost feels like we’ve seen this movie before, haven’t we?
After scrambling for 17 yards, Wilson quickly threw three straight incompletions. 4th-and-10 and Seattle’s last chance, Wilson completes to DK Metcalf for 38 yards to extend the game! After a series of catches from Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, the Seahawks found themselves at the Vikings’ six-yard line with a 1st-and-goal opportunity.
Three straight incompletions again from Wilson, left the Seahawks with one final play on fourth down.
With the ball on the six-yard line and a chance to win the game, Wilson took the snap and looked for an open man, finding D.K. Metcalf for a touchdown to take the lead, 27-26 — a heroic 13-play, 94-yard drive to take the lead and eventually win the game
If you haven’t hopped on the Russell Wilson MVP train yet, now is the time to do so.
After starting the season off perfect at 5-0, Seattle will get some much-needed rest and head into their bye week. This gives them a chance to get healthy, and hopefully, get safety Jamal Adams back on the field in time for their Week 7 match-up against their divisional rival, the Arizona Cardinals.
The Vikings will look to bounce back after blowing a halftime lead and suffering a tough, tough loss, as Minnesotas host another team desperate for a win: the Atlanta Falcons. Look for the Vikings to get back on track in this Week 6 match-up.
The Seahawks were not able to cover the -7 spread, but my advice was to take the Seahawks money line instead. I will count that as a win, in my book. The under of 54.5 total points was the right choice, instead of the over.
I will take the loss on that one, putting my record at 6-2 on the year.
If you took my player prop betting options, then congratulations to you! Russell Wilson was able to throw three touchdown passes, hitting on the over 2.5 touchdowns. D.K. Metcalf also scored twice in this game.
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