When the Seattle Seahawks’ 2020 schedule was first released, Russell Wilson and Seattle were set to appear in at least four primetime games—with the possibility to be flexed into more. The flip side, however, was that they could also be flexed out of their Week 5 game against the Vikings, which was scheduled for Sunday Night Football.
With Minnesota 0-3 and falling out of the playoff picture, it seemed like the Seahawks and Wilson could lose their Week 5 primetime slot—possibly to the Titans and Bills, an attractive matchup with potential AFC playoff implications.
Despite the Vikings’ early-season struggles, the NFL announced on Monday that they had decided to keep Seattle and Minnesota on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. The lone schedule change was Broncos at Patriots, moving from 10 am PST to 1:25 pm PST.
The NFL just announced the Seahawks and Vikings will remain on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. It could have been flexed out, but it will stay in primetime.— Alistair Corp (@byalistaircorp) September 28, 2020
This will be the third straight year the Seahawks and Vikings play in primetime, though with considerably less on the line. In both 2018 and ‘19, the two NFC foes faced off on Monday Night Football in December, in the midst of a tight playoff race.
Regardless of playoff implications or lack thereof, Wilson and Seattle will get another primetime showing as the Seahawks’ quarterback marches toward the MVP.