The Seattle Seahawks are 4-0 heading into this week’s Sunday Night Football duel with the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) at CenturyLink Field.
Both teams are coming off victories in Week 4. Wilson had the worst performance of the 2020 NFL season, but still managed 360 yards and two scores in the Seahawks 31-23 win over Miami.
Without Jamal Adams & several other defensive playmakers, Seattle’s unsung heroes like Ryan Neal and Shaquill Griffin stepped up. 10-year veteran K.J. Wright made eight tackles (six solo) while defensive captain Bobby Wagner added 12 tackles and a pass-defense for Seattle. The Seahawks held the Dolphins to 415 yards total of offense but will need to continue to make strides with the Vikings headed to town.
As for Minnesota, the Vikings finally got their first win of the season, edging the also 0-3, Houston Texans for a 31-23 victory. Kirk Cousins left his September woes in the rearview mirror, throwing for 260 yards and a touchdown
The Vikings relied heavily on the run game with Dalvin Cook running 27 times for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Adam Thielen had eight receptions and added a score for the Vikings and rookie Justin Jefferson notched four catches for 103 yards for his second-consecutive 100-plus yard receiving game.
Will Russell Wilson & Co. ride into the bye undefeated, or will the hungry Vikings starve Seattle of its first unblemished 5-0 record in franchise history?
Here’s what you need to know about the Week 5 matchup:
- This is the third-consecutive season the Seahawks-Vikings have met in primetime.
- The two teams last met on Monday Night Football on Dec. 2, 2019. Seattle won 37-30 in front of 69,080 fans at CenturyLink Field.
- Seattle leads the regular-season series, 11-5, and has won five in a row dating back to 2012.
- Russell Wilson needs one more win to become the fourth-fastest quarterback to 100 combined wins (regular & postseason).
Vikings QB Kirk Cousins on playing in front of an empty CenturyLink Field:
“Yeah, they’re a great football team. They’ve done a great job for several years. It’s obviously a tough place to play, very loud, and I assume there won’t be many fans, or any fans in the stands on Sunday night. But we still have to contend with a really good team, really good defense, well-coached group, you know it’ll be a great challenge for us.”
Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer on changing up his preparations considering the newfound identity of the Seahawks:
“They’ve changed a little bit. They’re obviously letting Russell Wilson be more explosive. I think they’re No. 1 in the league in pass average. They’ve got terrific receivers—they’re all fast, even Moore’s made some great catches. They’ve added Olsen as a tight end, I think that’s helped them and then they’ve still got Carson as a runner, and obviously Russell Wilson makes them go."
-- Seahawks: +250
-- Vikings: -320
-- Seahawks: +7
-- Vikings -7
-- O/U: 57.5
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Sunday, October 11
Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
Start time: 5:20 p.m. PT kickoff; live coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. PT with Football Night In America
TV channel: NBC
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