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Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks Pick & Prediction OCT 11TH 2020

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The Minnesota Vikings finally climbed into the win column with a victory over a winless team last weekend, but getting that second would require knocking off an unbeaten team.

 

The Vikings (1-3) go on the road to try and beat the 4-0 Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field. The Vikes earned a 31-23 win at Houston (0-4) in Week 4.

 

"You have to string wins together," Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins said. "One game isn't going to do anything for us. Certainly nice to get a win and get headed in the right direction. But each week is its own entity and we've got to be able to string some together for it to mean something and that's what's up ahead for us."

 

The Vikings' Dalvin Cook, the league's leading rusher at 424 yards, had 130 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over the Texans.

 

"It definitely feels good to win a football game, to help the confidence of our team, to get us back in rhythm of knowing we can go out there and win the football game if we play as a whole in each phase of the game," Cook said.

 

The Vikings also got 100-yard receiving games from both Adam Thielen (114 yards) and rookie Justin Jefferson (103).

 

The Cook-Thielen-Jefferson 100-yard trifecta gave the Vikings their first in a game since Nov. 19, 2000, with Cris Carter, Randy Moss and Robert Smith.

 

Jefferson, the 22nd pick in this year's NFL draft, is third in the league with an average of 21.8 yards per catch.

 

"We don't have that time or years banked. At some point, you've just got to play and believe he can do it," Cousins said of Jefferson. "We're going to build trust, but some of the things we're doing, there is no trust. It's just raw ability, and you're putting the ball out there, hoping, believing that he's going to be able to make it happen."

 

Added Jefferson: "I guess you could say this is my preseason and I'm just getting started."

 

The Seahawks are off to their best start since their Super Bowl-winning 2013 season and have won their past six meetings against Minnesota. The Vikings' last win vs. Seattle came in 2009.

 

Seattle has been winning in a much different way than in 2013, when they relied on their "Legion of Boom" secondary for the only other 4-0 start in franchise history.

 

Seattle's Russell Wilson has 16 touchdown passes, tying Peyton Manning (2013) for the most in NFL history through the first four games of a season.

 

"That was a while ago. ... I guess it's kind of been flipped," Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright said of the difference between 2013 and 2020. "(Back then) the defense was really balling and shutting teams down. And now it's just flipped and the offense is looking unstoppable. When we bring both of those together, offense and defense just balling, we're going to be really hard to beat."

 

Despite missing starting defensive backs Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar last week in Miami, the Seahawks forced the Dolphins into five field goals in a 31-23 victory. Wright had eight tackles, three pass breakups and a forced fumble, and Shaquill Griffin had a key interception in the fourth quarter, setting up Chris Carson's second touchdown run.

 

"It was a huge step for us," Griffin said. "I feel like (Sunday) we came in and we believed more in each other."

 

The Seahawks, who have a bye next week, have already ruled Adams (groin) out for Sunday's game, with rookie linebacker Jordyn Brooks (knee) doubtful to play. Dunbar (knee) is expected to return. Running back Carlos Hyde (shoulder) is questionable.

 

The Vikings will need a healthy defensive backfield to contend with Wilson.

 

Cornerback Mike Hughes returned to practice as a full participant this week after missing two games with a neck injury, while fellow DBs Holton Hill (foot) and Kris Boyd (hamstring) were limited.

 

All-Pro linebacker Eric Kendricks (foot), who leads the league in tackles (45), has missed practice time. Offensively, Thielen (shoulder) and tackle Olisaemeka Udoh (finger) were limited and rookie return specialist K.J. Osborn (hamstring) missed practice.

 

--Field Level Media

 

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Minnesota Vikings

Seattle Seahawks

Player Position Lineup
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Halfback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Kendricks primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Left End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Starter
Dru Samia primary: Right Guard Starter
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jeff Gladney primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Cameron Dantzler primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Right End Starter
Todd Davis primary: Linebacker Starter
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Substitution
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive End Substitution
Mike Hughes primary: Cornerback Substitution
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Brett Jones primary: Center Substitution
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Ezra Cleveland primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Substitution
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Harrison Hand primary: Cornerback Substitution
Josh Metellus primary: Safety Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
George Iloka primary: Safety Substitution
Kris Boyd primary: Cornerback Not active
Holton Hill primary: Cornerback Not active
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Did not play
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Player Position Lineup
Cody Barton primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Duane Brown primary: Left Tackle Starter
Chris Carson primary: Runningback Starter
L.J. Collier primary: Defensive End Starter
Quandre Diggs primary: Free Safety Starter
Will Dissly primary: Tight End Starter
Poona Ford primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Shaquill Griffin primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Tyler Lockett primary: Wide Receiver Starter
DK Metcalf primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Ryan Neal primary: Strong Safety Starter
Ethan Pocic primary: Center Starter
Jarran Reed primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Jordan Simmons primary: Left Guard Starter
Bobby Wagner primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Russell Wilson primary: Quarterback Starter
K.J. Wright primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Greg Olsen primary: Tight End Starter
Quinton Dunbar primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Brandon Shell primary: Right Tackle Starter
Benson Mayowa primary: Left End Starter
Damien Lewis primary: Right Guard Starter
Ugo Amadi primary: Free Safety Substitution
Ben Burr-Kirven primary: Linebacker Substitution
Michael Dickson primary: Punter Substitution
Tre Flowers primary: Cornerback Substitution
Shaquem Griffin primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jacob Hollister primary: Tight End Substitution
Travis Homer primary: Runningback Substitution
Jamarco Jones primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Bryan Mone primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
David Moore primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jason Myers primary: Kicker Substitution
Tyler Ott primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Luke Willson primary: Tight End Substitution
B.J. Finney primary: Center Substitution
Penny Hart primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
DeeJay Dallas primary: Runningback Substitution
Alton Robinson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Freddie Swain primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Damontre Moore primary: Defensive End Substitution
Nick Bellore primary: Fullback Substitution
Linden Stephens primary: Cornerback Substitution
Anthony Rush primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Damarious Randall primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jonathan Bullard primary: Defensive End Substitution
Kyle Fuller primary: Guard Not active
Lano Hill primary: Strong Safety Not active
Mike Iupati primary: Guard Not active
Cedric Ogbuehi primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Jordyn Brooks primary: Linebacker Not active
Geno Smith primary: Quarterback Did not play
Carlos Hyde primary: Runningback Not active
Jamal Adams primary: Strong Safety Not active

Minnesota Vikings

Seattle Seahawks

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 8 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 46 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 52 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • Period 3
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 3 Yards
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Conv Rusher: Kirk Cousins
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 13 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: DK Metcalf
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
    • Passer: Russell Wilson
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 29 Yards
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
    • Rusher: Chris Carson
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Passer: Russell Wilson
    • Pass Receiver: Will Dissly
    • Conv Kicker: Jason Myers
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Conv Passer: Russell Wilson
    • Conv Receiver: Chris Carson
    • Passer: Russell Wilson
    • Pass Receiver: DK Metcalf
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Detroit W 37 - 35
  • @New Orleans L 33 - 52
  • Chicago L 33 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay L 14 - 26
  • Jacksonville W 24 - 27
  • Carolina W 27 - 28
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • L.A. Rams L 30 - 20
  • @San Francisco W 26 - 23
  • L.A. Rams W 9 - 20
  • @Washington W 20 - 15
  • N.Y. Jets W 3 - 40
  • N.Y. Giants L 17 - 12
  • @Philadelphia W 23 - 17
  • Arizona W 21 - 28
  • @L.A. Rams L 16 - 23
  • @Buffalo L 34 - 44

Last Meetings

  • Vikings @ Seahawks 26-27
  • Vikings @ Seahawks 30-37
  • Seahawks @ Vikings 19-25
  • Vikings @ Seahawks 7-21
  • Seahawks @ Vikings 20-21
  • Vikings @ Seahawks 13-20
  • Vikings @ Seahawks 18-11
  • Seahawks @ Vikings 10-9
  • Seahawks @ Vikings 38-7
  • Vikings @ Seahawks 20-41

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

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