I thought I was going to have a pretty straightforward Enemy Reaction; not a lot happened in the 1st half, the game was trending towards blowout in the 2nd half, and then the Seattle Seahawks inevitably let the Minnesota Vikings back into the game. Then I was worried that there wouldn’t even be an Enemy Reaction. The defense did its job late, the offense burned up almost all of the clock, and we can celebrate a 10-2 record and 1st place in the NFC West.
But no celebration is complete without Enemy Reaction! This one is a doozy because not only do we have the Vikings fans from Daily Norseman, there are plenty of appearances from pissed off San Francisco 49ers fans over at Niners Nation. I had to leave a lot of over-the-top stuff on the cutting room floor, but there’s plenty of gold to be shared.
Here we go!
Dalvin Cook scores on two-yard toss (7-0 MIN)
DALVIN "THIS SHIT FOR REAL" COOK!!!! pic.twitter.com/QB4gbnUOIz— Decaf Metcalf ☕ (@FTBeard11) December 3, 2019
Chris Carson answers from a yard out (7-7)
Touchdown Chris Carson!!— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 3, 2019
The #Seahawks called "Duo" a gap play that is very useful on goal line plays like this one. DK Metcalf helped open up a hole for him to get through! pic.twitter.com/BHVTI87CzU
Anthony Harris gets a bizarre pick-six (14-7 MIN)
WTF just happened... Was Wilson trying to bat the ball back up to himself afterwards? I'm at a loss on this one... pic.twitter.com/B8iRqKVwHA— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 3, 2019
...Niners Nation liked that!
Rashaad Penny ties the game up again (17-17)
Touchdown Rashaad Penny!!— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 3, 2019
Crack toss out of shotgun. Good blocking by the #Seahawks to open this up for Penny. pic.twitter.com/0itEMNV3TI
Dalvin Cook fumbles, Seahawks recover and kick a FG (20-17 SEA)
Great forced fumble by Rasheem Green. Dude is really stepping up as of late!!! #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/Pp8F7k3G9A— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 3, 2019
Y’all doing alright, Niners fans?
David Moore roasts Xavier Rhodes to extend Seattle’s lead (27-17 SEA)
LET'S GO! What a bomb right into the hands of David Moore!— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 3, 2019
Q3: SEA 27, MIN 17 pic.twitter.com/iWYXxcjiba
Niners? Oh NINERS?!
Tre Flowers picks off Kirk Cousins in incredible play (27-17 SEA)
Wow what a play. Look at the concentration by Tre Flowers!! Incredible interception. #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/tUbBQ2cmS1— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 3, 2019
Rashaad Penny scores on a screen pass (34-17 SEA)
Touchdown Rashaad Penny!!— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) December 3, 2019
Great play call by Brian Schottenheimer to throw the screen here. #Seahawks pic.twitter.com/OzVmAXk08e
Mark this one down!
Laquan Treadwell gets wide open for a touchdown (34-24 SEA)
.@KirkCousins8 connects with @SuccessfulQuon for 6.#Skol pic.twitter.com/WhZYTmuXna— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 3, 2019
BIG BALLS PETE HAS ENTERED THE CHAT (34-24 SEA)
Fake punt alert! @travishomer4 takes it for 2️⃣9️⃣ yards!#GoHawks x #MINvsSEA pic.twitter.com/kaZyu9iLaQ— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) December 3, 2019
DK Metcalf fumbles, Vikings recover (34-24 SEA)
The @Vikings get the ball back on a fumble recovery!@XavierRhodes29_ makes a nice play to knock it out and @MackAlexander20 picks up the loose ball. #Skol— NFL (@NFL) December 3, 2019
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Watch free on mobile: https://t.co/1EyFLelCig pic.twitter.com/RlySRrj0OX
Kyle Rudolph makes great one-handed grab, game on (34-30 SEA)
We've got ourselves a game.@KirkCousins8 @KyleRudolph82#ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/qWomTRJ8c2— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) December 3, 2019
Seahawks defense holds on 4th and 2, turn the Vikings over on downs (34-30 SEA)
Great to see @NipomoHS alum Akeem King make a huge play late in the game on Monday Night Football to help Seattle win a marquee matchup with Minnesota. Another Central Coast athlete coming up clutch on the big stage! pic.twitter.com/BvnRBsXys4— Dave Alley (@KCOYDave) December 3, 2019
Hopes crushed at Niners Nation!
CJ Ham fumbles kickoff, Seahawks win!!! (37-30 SEA Final)
Enjoy 2nd place, Niners!
Post-Game: Vikings defense continues to struggle (Jack Day, Vikings Wire)
The secondary issues have been a problem all season for the Vikings, but even more so in the last three games. Over the last three games, the Vikings are allowing teams on average to throw for just under 300 yards.
The scary part about that stat is the fact that the Vikings just allowed more than 200 yards on the ground against Seattle. The Seahawks run game is one of the best in the NFL, but the Vikings are known for being great run stoppers nonetheless. If teams are able to continue to expose the Vikings defense both through the air and on the ground, it could be an ugly finish to the Vikings season.
The national media is already putting up story lines of Kirk Cousins being 0-8 on Monday Night Football, and he did have one turnover. However, that turnover bounced off the hands of Stefon Diggs, similar to his last interception that happened nearly two months ago.
This loss should not be put on Cousins. Instead, he is the reason the Vikings were able to get back into the game. He is playing MVP worthy football, and is a huge reason the Vikings are still four games above .500.
Even with the one turnover and multiple penalties, this loss falls on the hands of Zimmer’s defense. The offense has shown how much fight it has in the last two weeks, it just wasn’t enough to pull of a win in Seattle.
Post-Game: Xavier Rhodes has become a liability (Adam Patrick, Viking Age)
Xavier Rhodes was a First-Team All-Pro in 2017 and that currently feels like it was more than a decade ago.
Rhodes has been struggling all season long and the hope was that he’d be able to fix some of his problems during the Vikings’ bye week. Well, Minnesota’s “top” corner might actually be worse now than he was before the bye.
Rhodes’ struggles were on display once again on Monday night and it eventually led to him getting burned for a 60-yard touchdown after letting Seahawks receiver David Moore just run right past him. That was the fourth score the Vikings corner has given up this season and he continues to look more like a rookie out on the field than someone who has been in the NFL since 2013.
Yes, Rhodes was an All-Pro just two seasons ago. But that version of the veteran corner is clearly long gone and Minnesota has to seriously consider if they want him to be on their roster past this season.
Post-Game Video: Vikings vent line (SKOR North)
Enemy Preaction: Los Angeles Rams
IT'S A TRAPP! @trapp07 x #TouchdownTuesday x #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/atxbsNeMef— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) December 3, 2019
Playoffs are a near certainty for the Seahawks, but the job’s not done yet. All it takes is a road loss at the Los Angeles Rams and the 49ers winning at the New Orleans Saints and suddenly the Seahawks are back in the #5 seed. Don’t let your foot off the gas pedal, keep pushing for the #1 seed, and while we’re at it, let’s send Sean McVay into an early offseason.
What a damn season this has been. There isn’t much that makes sense when watching Seahawks football, and yet it usually ends in more winning than losing for Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, and company.
Thanks for reading and go ‘Hawks!