Seahawks vs. Vikings: 3 key matchups to watch in Week 3

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The Seattle Seahawks visit the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday and are slight favorites despite being the road team. Fans should not expect an easy victory, despite Seattle having won seven in a row against Minnesota. For one thing, the Vikings should be highly motivated to avoid an 0-3 start to the season and the Seahawks only defeated them by one point last year at home.

Beating Minnesota on the road will require some adjustments from Russell Wilson and the coaching staff. The Seahawks will also have to win some critical one-on-one matchups. Here are three we’ll be watching closely this weekend.

Jamarco Jones vs. Danielle Hunter

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Right now it appears Seattle will play without starting right tackle Brandon Shell, who has yet to practice this week due to an ankle injury. If he sits, Jamarco Jones is the next man up and he'll face quite a challenge in trying to contain defensive end Danielle Hunter. Through two games, Hunter has already posted a team-high four sacks, bringing his career total to 58.5 to go with 84 quarterback hits. Jones may need some help from extra blockers to keep Hunter from getting to Wilson from his right flank.

Tre Flowers vs. Adam Thielen

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Through two weeks it's clear opposing offenses believe that right cornerback Tre Flowers is the weak link in Seattle's secondary. Both Carson Wentz and Ryan Tannehill targeted Flowers frequently, and the results weren't pretty either time for the Seahawks. Assuming D.J. Reed takes Justin Jefferson, that will leave Flowers to matchup against the underrated Adam Thielen. So far, Thielen has caught 15 of 17 targets (88.2%) and has already scored three touchdowns this season.

Seahawks pass rush vs. Kirk Cousins

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Kirk Cousins will never be a superstar but he is an above-average quarterback who rarely makes mistakes with the ball. However, like most QBs he's vulnerable against pressure. When he's kept clean this season his PFF grade is 93.6. Under pressure it's dropped to 47.8. Seattle has multiple pass-rushing threats up front. Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. just has to find the right matchups to exploit to get to Cousins consistently. [listicle id=75607]

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