The Seattle Seahawks unofficially confirmed its spot in the playoffs with a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings, as Ken Norton Jr’s defense turned in a sparkling performance on Monday Night Football. Minnesota’s normally air-tight run defense got gashed for more than 200 yards, which was necessary for a Seahawks offense that could do pretty much nothing in the air.
A primetime win deserves a primetime version of Enemy Reaction, which... I won’t lie, this was actually kinda sad. I don’t think the folks at Daily Norseman have ever been this down in any Enemy Reaction I’ve done for them, and I’ve had four of them dating back to 2012. Let’s get right to it!
Russell Wilson sacked by Danielle Hunter, forcing Seahawks to eventual field goal (3-0 SEA)
Not a good rep by Germain Ifedi... Gets beat by the long-arm technique by #Vikings Danielle Hunter.— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 11, 2018
Hunter gets inside his chestpad after he threatens the speed rush around the edge. Sets up the up and under move. #Seahawks #MINvsSEApic.twitter.com/GBl826C0lb
Game over, obviously.
Frank Clark sacks Kirk Cousins to force another Vikings punt (3-0 SEA)
Frank Clark is powerful. The #Seahawks ran a tackle-end (T-E) stunt off the left side. Quinton Jefferson penetrates through the B-gap while Clark loops back through the A-gap destroying the guard to the ground for the sack. Great play by @TheRealFrankC_pic.twitter.com/K2bB3ww3f6— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 11, 2018
Rashaad Penny goes into Tecmo Bowl mode for 17-yard run (3-0 SEA)
The All-22 angle of Rashaad Penny's 17-yard, reverse field run is pretty crazy:— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 11, 2018
- Sweezy cut blocks 54 Kendricks
- Tyler Lockett comes back for Xavier Rhodes knocking him out of the way
- Penny avoids multiple tackles to finish the long run#Seahawkspic.twitter.com/GGMiwnc6ty
Germain Ifedi wrongly flagged for personal foul, Seahawks taken out of FG range and forced to punt (3-0 SEA)
Russell Wilson stumbles, spins, throws awful interception to end the 1st half (3-0 SEA)
GEORGE FANT (3-0 SEA)
Bobby Wagner stuffs the Vikings on 4th and 1, Seahawks get the ball back (3-0 SEA)
Xavier Rhodes flagged for defensive pass interference, leading to Seahawks FG (6-0 SEA)
Stefon Diggs makes incredible 48-yard catch to put the Vikings into the red zone (6-0 SEA)
Diggs is pretty consistently the best contested-catch receiver in the league. For a relatively undersized guy, that's impressive.pic.twitter.com/dCVKD2UyVD— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) December 11, 2018
Bradley McDougald breaks up 4th and goal pass, Seahawks takeover on downs (6-0 SEA)
Slants with a fade option left. Diggs wins his route, but it kinda looks like Cousins felt phantom pressure here and forced it to Rudolph, who did not. Gotta let the technician work, man! Reiff was able to recover, but Cousins doesn't look like he trusts that to happen. pic.twitter.com/0Ys3yyRahg— Luke Braun (@LukeBraunNFL) December 11, 2018
Bobby Wagner gets controversial/totally awesome field goal block (6-0 SEA)
Bobby Wagner is a freak pic.twitter.com/tIA4EMxDha— Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) December 11, 2018
Russell Wilson scrambles for 40 yards (6-0 SEA)
Chris Carson punches it in from two yards out (14-0 SEA)
TOUCHDOWN Chris Carson!!!— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 11, 2018
The #Seahawks run inside zone out of shotgun. Carson makes a nice cut back into the backside C-gap and finishes for the score. Great run to take a 12 point lead. pic.twitter.com/nUS0FTO6mq
Jacob Martin strip-sacks Kirk Cousins, Justin Coleman scoops and scores (21-0 SEA)
TOUCHDOWN Justin Coleman!! #Seahawks— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 11, 2018
Jacob Martin speed rushes around the edge and uses his motor to finish Kirk Cousins for the strip-sack. Justin Coleman returns it for six.pic.twitter.com/QRsbNP4uiG
Kirk Cousins avoids the shutout by throwing a touchdown to Dalvin Cook (21-7 SEA Final)
BONUS: Bears fans react to Vikings losing
Post-Reaction: Vikings fans react to John DeFilippo being fired
Post-Game: Stop complaining about Kirk Cousins’ contract (Adam Patrick, The Viking Age)
The amount of money the Vikings gave Cousins during the offseason is just what it currently costs to acquire a solid quarterback. Other current passers around the NFL like Dak Prescott, Marcus Mariota, and Carson Wentz are likely going to get similar contracts in the future that people will also overreact to and find reasons to complain about.
Cousins’ struggles this season have mostly been due to the way in which Minnesota is using him in their offense.
Case Keenum experienced success with Minnesota in 2017 because the team didn’t put the offense on his shoulders. Last season, the Vikings won eight of the nine games in which Keenum attempted 35 passes or less.
Cousins has just three starts this year with 35 pass attempts or less and two of these games have resulted in Minnesota victories.
The difference in the skill levels of both quarterbacks is not that much. Keenum has a better pocket presence while Cousins has a stronger, more accurate arm.
So instead of having Cousins play a similar role in their offense as Keenum last season, Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFilippo has decided to center the team’s offense around their new quarterback. And surprise, it hasn’t turned out very well.
Like Keenum, Cousins is at his best in a more balanced offense. But this is the case for just about every quarterback in the NFL.
Post-Game: The offense was totally and utterly incompetent (Chip Scoggins, Star Tribune)
On the biggest and most important night of their maddening season, the Vikings offense displayed great balance.
They were bad at everything.
Totally and utterly incompetent.
They came within one garbage-time touchdown of being shut out and limped off the field in need of serious soul searching after laying a prime-time egg in a 21-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
The game was billed as a quasi-playoff test, a chance for the Vikings to alter their season narrative and prove that they can win against a quality opponent. And maybe create momentum that makes the next few weeks feel like more than a slow march to a predictable ending.
They flunked their test.
The offense played so poorly that a three-point deficit felt insurmountable. When the Seahawks kicked another field goal to stretch their lead to 6-0, the game officially became a rout.
Everyone associated with the offense had a hand in the debacle. The line had its typical problems with being overmatched physically. Kirk Cousins looked skittish even when he wasn’t feeling pressure and lacked basic pocket awareness. John DeFilippo’s play-calling was weird, most notably in short-yardage situations. Receivers dropped passes.
The entire offense is a mess right now, and there are no quick fixes.
Post-Game Video: The Vent Line (1500 ESPN Twin Cities... it’s a looooong vent line, but listen for as long as you can stomach)
Enemy Preaction: San Francisco 49ers
Up next for the Seahawks is the Kyle Shanahan Shoe Bowl, as the 3-10 San Francisco 49ers represent Seattle’s final road game until (we 99.9% assume) the playoffs. It’s forecast to be a pretty soggy day out in Santa Clara, so expect running plays upon running plays upon more running plays. Unless the Seahawks are playing from behind well into the 4th quarter, we might not see more than 15-20 attempts from Russell Wilson. Seattle has never lost at Levi’s Stadium, and keeping that undefeated streak intact would officially clinch a playoff spot for the Seahawks for the seventh time in nine seasons under Pete Carroll.
Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!