Five weeks into the 2020 NFL season the Seattle Seahawks have played five games and recorded five victories. The Week 5 win over the Minnesota Vikings was the first time all year that the Hawks did not hold a double digit lead at some point in the second half, with the 21-13 margin in the third quarter representing the largest lead of the game for Seattle.
That said, while the Hawks have made their earlier games this season interesting, defeating the New England Patriots on a goal line stop of Cam Newton and sealing the victory over the Dallas Cowboys with an interception, the win over the Vikings required late game heroics from the offense. In fact, after an absolutely awful first half for the Seahawks on both sides of the ball, Seattle needed some late game magic from both the offense and defense Sunday.
Discussing the fourth quarter is jumping ahead of things, though, as the first half of the game was a completely different story, as the Seahawks battled not just the Vikings, but another familiar opponent during the first half.
It’s a rainy afternoon in Seattle, and the rain could continue for at least the first half tonight. But it’ll be quiet at CenturyLink Field, where the Vikings are trying to win for the first time since 2006 (and for the first time, anywhere, against Russell Wilson). pic.twitter.com/TKmY3qrUDA— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingStrib) October 11, 2020
Wilson please prove me wrong . Your effort sucks in the rain .— BigMike12thMan (@mhollinger33) October 12, 2020
Wilson...not good in the rain!!!— Mark Gilchrist (@Blindsidr) October 12, 2020
I’m not sure who’s playing worse, the #Seahawks offense or the defense. Since the defense is always terrible. I’m going to lean towards the offense. Russell Wilson’s biggest weakness is playing in the rain. But zero points in the entire first half is stunning.— JB (@Jome253) October 12, 2020
Let's face it. Wilson's kryptonite?— Nate Smith (@playgolf40) October 12, 2020
I forgot Russell Wilson can’t play in the rain— B (@BShulkes) October 12, 2020
Can we fire ken and halftime and have Dan Quinn call the game from his home in Atlanta?? Can’t be worse.— Antonio Sanchez (@Air_Mex34) October 12, 2020
fire ken norton at halftime— russell wilson best short qb in da league (@yslflores) October 12, 2020
HALFTIME: How about that defense? The Vikings have held the Seahawks to 66 yards of offense through the first half, good for a 13-0 lead in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/SZI2HH02Gm— KSTP (@KSTP) October 12, 2020
#Seahawks came into this game averaging 35.5 points per game. They have 0 at halftime.— Karthik Venkataraman (@KREMKarthik) October 12, 2020
Seattle allows 78.5 rushing yards a game. They’ve allowed 78 in the first half.
They came in averaging 416.3 total yards per game on offense. They have 45 yards.
It's halftime and the Seahawks have as many points as Russell Wilson has incompletions. This is a tweet that will never be made again— John Skellington Fraley (@johndavidfraley) October 12, 2020
HALFTIME: Vikings 13, #Seahawks 0— Femi Abebefe (@FemiAbebefe) October 12, 2020
Russell Wilson, 7/7, 40 YDS, sacked 4 times
Seahawks have 45 yards of total offense after having the ball for just 9:44.
Seattle will get the ball first to start the 3rd quarter.
So, what does one of the most potent offenses in the NFL do when it gets the ball to start the third quarter following a dismal first half performance? Exactly what everyone knew they were going to try to do: establish the run.
The worst part about what the Vikings are doing offensively is that it is going to push Carroll to want to run more to let defense rest.— John P. Gilbert (@JohnPGilbertNFL) October 12, 2020
Which is exactly the opposite of what he actually needs to do to let the defense get rested. https://t.co/cK4nxrJ4xj
And that’s exactly what Seattle tried, but to no one’s surprise the run-run-run-punt strategy did not work.
Old school seahawks. Run run run punt— Attack Snake (@MingusYaDingus) October 12, 2020
Ah welcome back to the real #seahawks team. Run run run punt.— Daragh Maher (@MahersBar) October 12, 2020
We were wondering where you'd gone.
Run, run, run, punt.— (@benaugustine7) October 12, 2020
Russell Wilson at QB?— Kobe (@LilKobeTYB) October 12, 2020
4th & 1 Punt
Lmfao you can’t make this shit up pic.twitter.com/SmYRPasiWu
Run, run, run, punt— Evan Hill (@EvaninSEA) October 12, 2020
the old run-run-run-punt when you have the best QB in the league. love that.— nick (@nickhawkss) October 12, 2020
Run run run punt baby— sue bird fan (@zjwhitman) October 12, 2020
Schotty’s halftime speech pic.twitter.com/dFd3R1uEGd— Parker Lewis (@ParkerLewisJR) October 12, 2020
Following that the sequence, however, the Seattle defense forced a three and out from the Minnesota offense, got the ball back and put together a scoring drive that quickly led to Will Dissly’s first touchdown since September 2019.
That was quickly followed up by a DK Metcalf touchdown.
And then Chris Carson wanted to make sure the running game stayed involved as well.
Chris Carson gained 29 yards on this touchdown run, +24 yards over expected according to our Expected Rushing Yards model.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 12, 2020
Carson had a 10.7% probability of gaining a first down and 1.2% chance of scoring a touchdown from the moment of handoff.#MINvsSEA | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/1UIhSZvKBP
What, y’all don’t like dots? Okay, fine. Here’s the actual clip of the play.
Chris Carson com o touchdown de 29 jardas, o mais longo de sua carreira, e que corrida linda. pic.twitter.com/06gqDKC5Kb— Blue Wave Brasil (@BlueWave_Brasil) October 12, 2020
Chris Carson didn't break Harrison's tackle with violence or power. He literally just danced with Harrison and once the momentum was used up Carson shed Mr. Smith. That takes an impressive amount of balance.— Lord Adorable (@DarthKripple) October 12, 2020
Harrison Smith trying to tackle Chris Carson above the waist dot lmao— Conor Dorney (@cdorney) October 12, 2020
Chris Carson just BABIED Harrison Smith— Post Simone (@JoeyThe_Creator) October 12, 2020
That's two years in a row Chris Carson has made Harrison Smith look like a fool— Alistair Corp (@byalistaircorp) October 12, 2020
Chris Carson completing the Harrison Smith punishment— Matty F. Brown (@mattyfbrown) October 12, 2020
Chris Carson was having none of Harrison Smith on that play.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) October 12, 2020
CHRIS CARSON LMAOO HARRISON SMITH IN YOUR FACE— Aqib (Kibby) Rasheed (@kibbykibbykibby) October 12, 2020
That gave the Hawks their biggest lead of the night, a lead Seattle couldn’t hold as Minnesota came back to score two touchdowns and take a 26-21 lead. That led to a crucial fourth down stop of the Vikings that gave the Seahawks possession with less than two minutes to go and needing a touchdown to win. Pete Carroll was even generous enough to leave Russell Wilson a timeout to use while orchestrating the game winning drive that ended with this touchdown pass.
DK Metcalf’s walkoff touchdown is salt in the #Eagles wound otherwise known as JJ Arcega-Whiteside. The fact that JJAW has been wasting a spot on the active roster for as long as he has legitimately has me on the verge of a meltdown. #SNF— MOUSE (@MOUSEturner) October 12, 2020
a few weeks ago, i was hesitant to anoint dk metcalf as a true superstar receiver. i didn't think he was quite there, despite the dominant physical tools.— velvet mikeman (@michaelbjargon) October 12, 2020
in crunch time, russ went to dk repeatedly, who hauled in both 4th downs, including the game-winning touchdown.
DK Metcalf scoring game winning touchdowns. Arcega-Whiteside celebrating first downs with no timeouts left in the 4th while down. I hate the @Eagles— Karlan (@left_shot) October 12, 2020
Whenever DK Metcalf catches a game winning touchdown, I think about the highlight of JJAWs season being a really nice block on the Sanders run today.— Ryan (@LineyTweets) October 12, 2020
No way! 13 plays for 90+ yards with just over a minute left in the game, in the rain! Russ took the Seahawks down the field for the game winning touchdown... and that catch by Metcalf was great!— Joshua Allen (@JoshKeepsItG) October 12, 2020
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS RUSS TO METCALF!! OMG 27-26! HOLY SHT! I AM SCREAMING!— GoHawksandMariners! ⚾️ (@mr_hawkfan12) October 12, 2020
TOUCHDOWN SEATTLE SEAHAWKS!— Liga dos 32 (NFL) (@LigaDos32) October 12, 2020
DK METCALF, O FISICULTURISTA QUE TRAMPA DE WR NAS HORAS VAGAS!
SEATTLE A UM PASSO DE GANHAR O JOGO: 27-26! pic.twitter.com/Gg8NS7pwWB
definitely just lost my voice screaming about that metcalf touchdown omfg— paige (@poooge_) October 12, 2020
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS! DK METCALF YOU REDEEM YOURSELF AGAIN! They miss the two-point conversion and it's 27-26 Seahawks with :14 left.— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) October 12, 2020
And just like that the Seahawks became the first team in the NFL with five wins this season and held on to first place in the NFC West heading into the bye week.