The 1-1 Seattle Seahawks play the 0-2 Vikings on Sunday in week 3 of the 2021 NFL season. Since Russell Wilson came into the league, Seattle has not lost to Minnesota in six meetings. Wilson has thrown 11 touchdowns versus 3 interceptions in those games so Wilson and Seattle should be confident heading into the game.
But the Vikings are due for a win after losing two close games (one to the Arizona Cardinals) on the road to begin the season. Now Minnesota hosts their first home game of 2021 while Seattle is on the road for the second time in three weeks.
This is why 12s should be concerned when watching our Seahawks play in Minnesota on Sunday.
Seahawks concerns versus Vikings
1. The Seahawks penalty issues
Seattle really struggled at staying disciplined in week two against the Titans committing 10 penalties for 100 yards. These senseless penalties kept Tennessee in the game and gave them the chance to stay in the game after the Seahawks jumped out to a big 24-9 lead at the half.
They gave Tennessee six first downs off penalties, which gave them better field position and extended their drives. Minnesota is also well-coached and will take advantage of the Seahawks continue to commit unnecessary penalties.
2. The Seahawks second half struggles
For Seattle, the difficulty for them in the past has usually been their inability to get off to strong starts. At the beginning of this season, the Seahawks have had success in the first half of games putting up a combined 45 points (21 against the Colts and 24 against the Titans).
They scored a combined 13 points in the second half of their first two games (6 points in their week two game against the Titans (including overtime) and 7 points in the second half of their game in week one). This shows Seattle is having difficulties at adjusting to their opponent at halftime and later in the game.
3. The Seahawks defense is leaky, and the Vikings have a good offense
With their problems at the cornerback position and inability to stop the run last week, the Seahawks could be in for another rough game defensively against the Vikings. Dalvin Cook is battling a sprained ankle but is likely to still play on Sunday, and he is fourth in the league in rushing. If he is available, Seattle needs to do a better job at tackling and scheming against him than they did against Derrick Henry last week.
Also, the Vikings have had three solid receivers this season in K.J. Osborn, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen who each has over 130 yards receiving in two games this season. The Seahawks secondary and run defense will be challenged in this game.