Leading the Minnesota Vikings by a score of 3-0, the Seattle Seahawks got the ball to start the second half, having deferred after the opening coin toss. Dan Bailey’s kickoff went through the end zone for a touchback, giving the Seahawks a start at their own 25-yard line. The Seahawks did what they’ve done all night thus far. . .run the football. Chris Carson went for six yards, and Tyler Lockett followed that up with a 5-yard run to move the chains. Russell Wilson then completed a pass to George Fant. . .yes, an offensive lineman. . .for a nine-yard gain, and a carry by Carson moved the sticks once again. Just like that, the Seahawks were near midfield.
Sheldon Richardson then dropped Lockett for a loss of four yards, and Carson was stopped after a short run to bring up 3rd-and-11 for the Seahawks at their own 48. Wilson’s pass on third down was dropped by David Moore, and the home team was forced to punt. Michael Dickson came on to boot it away, and the fair catch was called for by Marcus Sherels at the Minnesota 16-yard line.
Kirk Cousins, who had a miserable first half, led the Vikings’ offense. . .who also had a miserable first half. . .out for their first possession of the half. The drive started with a pass from Cousins to Laquon Treadwell for seven yards, and a short pass to Rudolph ended up short of the sticks. Cousins got a sneak for the first down, and on the next first down Cousins found Treadwell again for a short gain. Dalvin Cook then took a toss around the left side to near first-down yardage to bring up another third-and-short. Cousins was again chased out of the pocket when a pass was called for some reason, and had to throw the ball away. Matt Wile came in to punt the ball away again, and Lockett called for the fair catch at the Seattle 18-yard line.
Carson got things started for the Seahawks again with a short gain, and the Vikings forced a throw away from Wilson on second down to bring up another third-and-long. Wilson had to slide on what appeared to be a broken play on third down to force a three-and-out. Dickson punted it away again, and Sherels called for the fair catch at the Minnesota 28-yard line.
Minnesota started the drive with a wide receiver screen to Adam Thielen for his first reception of the night, picking up seven yards. Dalvin Cook then carried it for six yards and moved the chains. Cook then took a screen for five yards, and a defensive holding call on the Seahawks gave the Vikings five more yards and a fresh set of downs. That moved the ball to the Seattle 49, giving the Vikings their first play in Seattle territory on the evening.
That play was another handoff to Cook, who went for three yards. Cousins then completed a short pass to Cook to make it 3rd-and-3 from the Seattle 42-yard line. Cousins then completed a pass to Stefon Diggs, who was pushed back from the line to gain, making it 4th-and-1. The Vikings elected to go for it, and Latavius Murray was stopped short of the yardage to force a turnover on downs.
For good measure, the Vikings were called for holding on the 4th-and-1 play and still didn’t get the necessary yardage. Not that it mattered.
Seattle took over with two minutes left in the quarter, and started the drive with a short run by Rashaad Penny. Wilson then completed a pass to Tyler Lockett for 14 yards and a first down into Minnesota territory, and Penny had another short run on the ensuing first down. Penny was then stopped for a short loss, and as we move to the fourth quarter, the Seahawks are looking at a 3rd-and-8 from the Minnesota 41-yard line.
We’ve got fifteen minutes of football left from CenturyLink Field, and the Minnesota Vikings still trail the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 3-0. Can the Vikings manage to get any points on the board in this one? Will it be enough to get a huge victory? Let’s hope so!