The Seahawks are 1-1 and play in Minnesota versus the 0-2 Vikings in week 3. Minnesota is better than its record but Seattle has reasons for hope. Beyond what is discussed below, Russell Wilson hasn’t lost to the Vikings in his career.
And surely Seattle will be more consistent in both halves in week three instead of just being first-half heavy. As we saw in week two, that is not a trend the team should follow that will be successful.
Still, Seattle has reasons for hope going up against Minnesota on Sunday.
Three reasons for hope for Seahawks fans in week 3
1. The Vikings defense is struggling
The Vikings are ranked 28th overall defensively this season, and they have been playing without their star linebacker Anthony Barr. They gave up 27 points to the Cincinnati Bengals in week one and gave up 34 points in week two against the Cardinals. Considering the Seahawks have had a knack for creating explosive plays early this season, these problems are something Russell Wilson and the offense can take advantage of.
2. The Vikings are not as good as the Seahawks after a loss
Minnesota is having a tough time closing out games lately, as they have blown two close games late in fourth quarter and overtime to both the Cardinals and the Bengals. Overall, the Vikings are (4-6) and just a 40%-win percentage following a loss the past two seasons. However, the Seahawks are much better following a loss recently.
Including the playoffs, the Seahawks are (4-1) following a loss the last two seasons, good for an 80 percent win percentage after a loss. The Seahawks are looking to give the Vikings their second consecutive (0-3) start.
3. The Vikings are still looking for their first win against Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson
Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson clearly have had the Vikings number over the years. They have beaten them on Monday Night and Sunday Night Football, as well as in the playoffs in 2016, and overall are (7-0) against them. Mike Zimmer has not been able to find an answer against the Seahawks.
Last year when they played on Sunday Night Football, the Vikings led by five late in the fourth quarter. Instead of kicking a field goal to go ahead by eight, the Vikings elected to go for it on fourth down and failed to convert. Wilson would lead the Seahawks down the field for a game-winning touchdown drive to beat the Vikings 27-26.