Sunday, Sept. 25: Vikings 30, Seahawks 17
Big picture: For the second week in a row, the second half was a struggle as an opposing runner found traction. This time, Seattle was kept off the scoreboard in the second half as Minnesota controlled the ball and gradually built its lead with three time-consuming drives that ended with field goals. The Seahawks, in fact, didn't score after going ahead 17-7 on Chris Carson's 30-yard run with 11:12 left in the first half and netted only 81 yards on offense in the second half. … At 1-2, the Seahawks are two games back of the Rams and Cardinals in the NFC West and must travel to San Francisco next Sunday. The Niners are 1-2 after losing to Green Bay Sunday on a last-second field goal.
Notable numbers: Minnesota running back Alexander Mattison, playing for the injured Dalvin Cook, produced 171 yards, including 76 yards on 18 second-half carries. The Vikings were a clock-chewing 9-of-14 on third downs, ran 21 more plays and had the ball for almost 12 more minutes than the Hawks. Seattle was 3-of-8 on third down and 0-for-1 on fourth down. … Russell Wilson finished 23-32 for 283 yards and a touchdown pass to DK Metcalf on the opening drive of the game. Minnesota's Kirk Cousins was 30-38 for 323 yards and three touchdowns. He found Justin Jefferson nine times for 118 yards and a touchdown. … Metcalf had six catches for 107 yards and the TD.
Reaction: Coach Pete Carroll said there would be no panic because of the 1-2 start and that the message to the team is it's a long season, so stay together. About the second-half struggles, Carroll said: "I don't know, I don't know. Because part of it is opportunities. We got to stay on the field, you know, and when it doesn't mix right and the defense is giving up first downs and the offense didn't convert them, it's just out of the balance. What changed? They didn't do anything different and we didn't do anything different. Shoot, I was fired up about -- I think we scored four times in a row or something. We were really on it the way we needed to be. Just missed our chances, and then all of a sudden the game gets away."
Russell Wilson: "We go through the season there will be challenges. It's going to be a journey. We're not stopping here. I think our mentality has to be at the highest level always, and that's where we are at. We know that and we're prepared to … go on this journey, and we know it's going to be tough. You take one game at a time, play one moment at a time. We can always be cleaner and we can always be better. But I believe in this football team. I believe in what we can do and what we will do."
Up next: Seattle at San Francisco, 1:05 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 (FOX 12).
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