The Week 3 showdown between the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks was supposed to be a one-sided affair. The Vikings were coming off back-to-back losses to start the season, and the Seahawks have been one of the top teams in the NFC over the past decade-plus.
Most view Minnesota as a team trending toward a rebuilding phase, whereas Seattle is on the brink of pushing for another deep postseason run.
However, as has proven the case in the NFL, anything can happen on a given Sunday.
The Vikings comfortably beat the Seahawks 30-17
Despite a 17-point first-half from Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense, the Vikings ultimately cruised to their first regular-season win. Kirk Cousins exploded back into “franchise quarterback” discussions with a 323-yard, three-touchdown performance, and backup running back Alexander Mattison churned out 171 total yards of offense in Dalvin Cook’s absence.
Justin Jefferson caught eyes with 9 catches and 118 receiving yards, and Adam Thielen chipped in another receiving TD as well.
It was a dominant afternoon for the Vikings’ offense. One head coach Mike Zimmer called “the best offensive performance that I’ve seen in the eight years that I’ve been here.”
Just last week, the Vikings were talking about firing Mike Zimmer
Upset losses happen all the time in the NFL. However, this loss is shocking for the Seahawks because their opponent was involved in head coach firing rumors as recent as last week.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Vikings’ owners have begun discussing the possibility of firing Zimmer. They are quietly growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of results post-2017, and the team’s 0-2 start felt like the start of a brutal 2020 campaign.
Maybe his offense’s stellar performance against Seattle gives Zimmer some more breathing room moving forward?
On the flip side of this discussion, Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, and the rest of the Seahawks organization presumably view Week 3 as a big-time disaster. Not only did their defense look completely helpless against a Cousins-led offense, but their offense also struggled to keep up scoring-wise.
Wilson threw for 298 passing yards but only managed to record one touchdown. Tyler Lockett, Wilson’s favorite target, was held to just four catches for 31 yards on the afternoon. It was a polar opposite to what we’ve typically come to expect from the high-scoring Seattle offense.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks need to be concerned
There are 15 more weeks of football to be played this season. However, Wilson and the Seahawks should be concerned about their slow start and recent loss to the Vikings.
They’re now 1-2 on the season. Plus, it doesn’t appear the Arizona Cardinals or Los Angeles Rams are slowing down anytime soon. Even the San Francisco 49ers, fresh off a primetime loss to the Green Bay Packers, can turn to rookie QB Trey Lance at a moment’s notice.
Losing a few games early on isn’t a huge deal. Wilson is good enough to lead Seattle back to the playoffs. However, a two-score loss at the hands of a team pondering their head coach’s future is never a good look.
These are games the Seahawks have to win if they want to remain playoff contenders.
All stats courtesy of ESPN.