To start the second quarter of play against the Seattle Seahawks, the Minnesota Vikings got a bit of a spark from rookie Danielle Hunter, who sacked Russell Wilson for a six-yard loss on second down. That led to a Seattle punt, with Marcus Sherels returning the Jon Ryan punt to the Minnesota 25-yard line for the Vikings' third possession of the afternoon.
Minnesota got a nice third-down conversion to open their drive, as Teddy Bridgewater found Stefon Diggs on a slant on 3rd-and-3. Two plays later, Bridgewater found Mike Wallace. . .yeah, Mike Wallace. . .for 25 yards down to the Seattle 36-yard line, and the Vikings were rolling along. And then, for some reason, Norv Turner thought it would be good to call an end around to Diggs that lost six yards. The Vikings were forced to punt, and the Vikings' special teams downed the Jeff Locke punt at the 2-yard line.
Seattle then calmly proceeded to march 98 yards, thanks in part to the Vikings' inability to tackle again. Facing a 3rd-and-1, Rawls cruised up the middle for 19 yards, and then Wilson found Tyler Lockett for a big gain that got bigger thanks to an unnecessary roughness penalty on Antone Exum. Brian Robison was then called for unnecessary roughness on Wilson for. . .well, some reason or another. Nobody could tell for sure on the replay. Wilson then ran one in from eight yards out, and the Seahawks increased their lead to 14-0 after the extra point.
The Vikings got the ball back, and moved the ball a little bit when Bridgewater tried a long pass to Stefon Diggs that sailed badly and was intercepted by Earl Thomas. The return went down to the Minnesota 20-yard line, and on the next play Russell Wilson found Doug Baldwin for another touchdown to make the score 21-0. That's how they went into the locker room.
As you'd probably expect, the Vikings' stat sheet looks incredibly ugly so far. Bridgewater has completed just 9-of-16 passes for 64 yards. Adrian Peterson has gained just 10 yards on five carries, and Mike Wallace leads the team in receiving yards with 25.
On the other hand, Seattle has done basically what they've wanted thus far. Wilson is 14-of-18 for 166 yards and a touchdown. He also has a rushing touchdown. Thomas Rawls has gained 61 yards on 10 carries and has also found the end zone. Doug Baldwin is leading the Seahawks in receiving with four grabs for 41 yards and a touchdown catch.
After one half of play, the Minnesota Vikings are getting their heads handed to them by the Seattle Seahawks to the tune of 21-0. Can they quit embarrassing themselves in the second half of play?