The Vikings had the ball to start the quarter, but they wound up going three-and-out and punting the ball back to Seattle. Once again, the Seahawks went down the field with just about no resistance, ending the drive with a 30-yard touchdown run from Chris Carson. Jason Myers was good on the extra point, and the visiting team was ahead 17-7 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the half.
After Ihmir Smith-Marsette could only return the ensuing kickoff to the 15-yard line, the Vikings started behind the 8-ball, and it looked like the drive was over following a sack, but the Seahawks were called for a defensive holding penalty to keep the ball with the Vikings. Minnesota converted the miscue into points, as Cousins got his second touchdown pass of the day, this one a 15-yarder to Adam Thielen. Greg Joseph’s extra point was good, and the lead for Seattle was back to three at 17-14.
Once again, Seattle’s offense basically waltzed down the field without meeting significant resistance, and got themselves in position for another field goal attempt from Jason Myers. And Myers. . .who had made 37 straight field goals. . .hooked his 44-yard attempt wide to the left! That gave Minnesota the ball at their own 34 with two timeouts and the two-minute warning remaining.
The Vikings then went down the field and took almost all of the time off the clock, and Cousins got his third touchdown pass of the first half, finding Justin Jefferson from three yards out for the score! Joseph was good on the extra point, and the Vikings took a 21-17 lead into the locker room at halftime.
The Minnesota offense, with the exception of one three-and-out, has been on fire. Cousins has completed 16-of-20 passes for 185 yards and three touchdown passes to three different receivers. Alexander Mattison has also had a big first half in relief of Dalvin Cook.
We’re at halftime at U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Vikings lead the Seahawks by a score of 21-17. Come on in and join us for the third quarter of play, where the Vikings will get the football first.