09/26 18:44 CDT Cousins, Vikings cruise 30-17, end skid vs. Seahawks
Cousins, Vikings cruise 30-17, end skid vs. Seahawks
By DAVE CAMPBELL
AP Pro Football Writer
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Kirk Cousins threw three touchdown passes before halftime
for Minnesota and guided three clock-draining field goal drives after that, as
the Vikings accelerated past Seattle 30-17 on Sunday for their first win over
the Seahawks in 12 years.
Alexander Mattison stepped in for the injured Dalvin Cook and racked up 171
total yards, rushing 18 times for 76 yards in the second half as the Vikings
(1-2) seized control with 23 straight points. They beat Seattle for the first
time with Pete Carroll as coach and Russell Wilson as the quarterback.
Cousins delivered the type of signature performance to defeat a more-decorated
peer the Vikings have been lacking in his four seasons. He went 30 for 38 for
323 yards in his third consecutive turnover-free game. The Vikings lost at
Seattle in each of the last three years to stretch their losing streak to seven
straight against the Seahawks.
The touchdown passes to Tyler Conklin, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson in the
first half filled up the highlight reels. But the methodical marches after
halftime were just as impressive and important. Even better for the Vikings,
Greg Joseph bounced back from his 37-yard miss on the game's final play last
week in the 34-33 loss at Arizona and made all three of his field goals and all
three extra points.
Wilson went 23 for 32 for 298 yards and a touchdown pass to D.K. Metcalf on the
first drive, and Chris Carson carried 12 times for 80 yards and a
Then a 44-yard kick by Jason Myers went wide left, ending his team-record
streak of 37 straight field goals made, the fourth-longest in NFL history. The
Seahawks never made it past the Minnesota 43-yard line after that.
The Seahawks are 1-2 in the NFC West, putting them in quite a bind if they're
going to make a resurgence to contention.
Seattle's first regular-season visit to U.S. Bank Stadium was met with the
pent-up noise from a crowd that waited 21 months to see the home team and had
more than three extra hours to tailgate before the rare late-afternoon start
time. Fake snow was sprinkled from the rafters to fit the northland theme the
Vikings have embraced since moving in five years ago.
The last time the Seahawks played a non-preseason game in Minnesota was the
wild-card round in record-setting subzero cold on Jan. 9, 2016, when Blair
Walsh missed a 27-yard field goal for the Vikings near the end of Seattle's
Sunlight on this 82-degree day streamed in through the open glass doors behind
the west end zone. The other vast difference from that epic playoff game was
the state of these defenses, then the class of the league and now struggling.
The Vikings aptly recovered from a rough 2 1/2 games, smothering Seattle for 81
total yards in the second half.
Seahawks: With DE Benson Mayowa (neck) already inactive, fellow starter and DE
Kerry Hyder Jr. (concussion) departed in the second quarter. ... LB Jordyn
Brooks (cramps) was carted off in the fourth quarter. ... Jamarco Jones
replaced Brandon Shell (ankle) in the starting lineup at RT. Undrafted rookie
Jake Curhan took some snaps there, too. Jones was ill in the third quarter.
Vikings: LB Anthony Barr (knee) was inactive for the third straight game. He
has not played in more than a year. ... Ihmir Smith-Marsette hurt his toe in
the second quarter and was replaced on kickoff returns by Ameer Abdullah.
Seahawks: visit San Francisco next Sunday, their first game against an NFC West
Vikings: host Cleveland (2-1) next Sunday, their second of three straight home
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