It’s time for our weekly look at the matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and their upcoming opponents. This week it’s the Seattle Seahawks. Since Seattle used to reside in the AFC, these two conference foes haven’t faced off as often as you might think over the years, despite some very notable recent meetings.
Once again, the numbers provided in this piece are all provided by the fine folks at Pro Football Reference.
Total Games Between the Seahawks and Vikings: 15
All-Time Record: Seahawks, 9-5 regular season, 1-0 postseason
Total Vikings Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 333 (22.2 points/game)
Total Seahawks Points Scored, Head-to-Head: 384 (24.0 points/game)
Longest Vikings Winning Streak vs. Seahawks: 2 (22 October 2006 - 22 November 2009)
Longest Seahawks Winning Streak vs. Vikings: 4 (4 November 2012 - 10 January 2016)
Most Recent Vikings Victory in Seattle: 22 October 2006 (Final score 31-13)
Most Recent Seahawks Victory in Seattle: 17 November 2013 (Final score 41-20)
Biggest Vikings Victory in Seattle: 18 points, 22 October 2006 (Final score 31-13)
Biggest Seahawks Victory in Seattle: 25 points, 29 September 2002 (Final score 48-23)
Current Win Streak: Seahawks, 4 games
A few notes about this series of games:
The Seahawks are currently enjoying the longest winning streak in the history of this matchup, winning the last four contests between the two teams. It has been just over nine years since the Vikings were victorious against the Seahawks in a 35-9 home rout led by Brett Favre.
You might remember the last time these two teams saw each other. It was really cold, it was the playoffs, and...you know what? I don’t want to talk about that game anymore. We all know how it ended. Technically the last time these two teams played each other was Week 3 of the 2018 preseason. THAT game was fun! It was a thrilling 21-20 victory for the Vikings back in August. Kyle Sloter threw an incredible touchdown pass to Chad Beebe and then Jake Wieneke scored on the two-point conversion with under a minute left. That preseason comeback win TOTALLY overshadows some meaningless Wild Card game a few years back, right?
The last two times these teams met in Seattle back in 2013, they were much further apart in the standings than they are in 2018. The lowly 2-7 Vikings were in the middle of Leslie Frazier’s death march while the 9-1 Seahawks were on their way to a Super Bowl title. The results were predictable: a 41-20 Seattle beatdown where the Vikings lost four turnovers and Russell Wilson only had to throw 18 passes to get to 230 yards and two scores. Vikings fans were treated to interceptions by both Christian Ponder AND Matt Cassel that day. But at least they held Percy Harvin to one reception for 17 yards in his first game against the Vikings after being traded. And Blair Walsh made all four of his kicks that day! (Bet you didn’t think that’s how Walsh was going to be mentioned in this post, did you?)
We’re pretty sure Monday night’s game will be closer than the last contest these two teams played in Seattle, especially with so much on the line for both teams. Hopefully the Vikings can reverse their recent trend against the Seahawks and take control of the NFC Wild Card race.