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Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019


The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks aim to bolster their respective bids toward a division title at the other's expense on Monday night when they meet in the Pacific Northwest. Minnesota entered its bye having won six of seven and resides in a tie with Green Bay atop the NFC North while the Seahawks have emerged victorious in four in a row to keep the heat on San Francisco in the West.

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"This is a huge game for both of us. We know the stakes. Everybody knows the stakes," Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks said. "Monday night makes it a little bit bigger, in Seattle." Minnesota's Kirk Cousins has upped the ante with his recent play, strengthening his league-best 114.8 passer rating by throwing for 18 touchdowns against one interception in his last seven games. Although Seattle's Russell Wilson trails his former Big Ten adversary in passer rating (112.1), he has eviscerated the competition at home to the tune of tossing 14 touchdowns and rushing for two more in five games. Wilson added to his resume last Sunday by becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to begin his career with eight straight winning seasons following the Seahawks' 17-9 victory in Philadelphia.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Seahawks -3 O/U: 50

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (8-3): Cousins enters Monday's tilt against Seattle's 29th-ranked pass defense with the longest active streak in the league with 177 consecutive attempts without an interception. Stefon Diggs recorded his fourth triple-digit receiving-yard performance in his last six games after finishing with a team-high 121 and a touchdown in Minnesota's 27-23 victory over Denver on Nov. 17. Fellow wideout Adam Thielen is trending toward a possible return following a nagging hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the better part of six weeks, save for a brief cameo in the Vikings' 26-23 to Kansas City on Nov. 3. A potent rushing game is a good way to keep defenses honest, with Dalvin Cook rushing for his league second-best 11th touchdown of the season despite being limited to a season-low 26 yards against the Broncos.



ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (9-2): Coach Pete Carroll admitted that Wilson's trusted wideout Tyler Lockett "maybe wasn't 100 percent" after returning from a leg bruise that required an immediate visit to the hospital. "He feels really good now," Carroll said of the speedy Lockett, who had just one catch for 38 yards against the Eagles. "... He could run and play and all that. He just feels better now. I think it's going to take all the way to Monday to really kinda put it in the rearview mirror, but he's in good shape." While Lockett is bidding to find the end zone in his seventh straight home game, former first-round pick Rashaad Penny will attempt to build off a career-high 129-yard rushing performance against Minnesota's sixth-ranked rush defense. Fellow running back Chris Carson wasn't as fortunate in last week's win over Philadelphia, putting forth a season-low 26 yards while putting the ball on the ground for a league-high seventh time.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Seattle sports a 28-5-1 record (.838) in prime-time regular-season games with Carroll at the helm, including 18-2 at home.

2. The teams are meeting for the third straight year and second time in as many seasons on Monday night, with the Seahawks posting a 21-7 victory on Dec. 10.

3. Minnesota TE Kyle Rudolph has a touchdown reception in each of his last three games.

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Last Injuries

Seattle Seahawks

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    Abdominal
    day-to-day | questionable

    Clowney sat out the last game with an ongoing core muscle injury and an illness. It remains to be seen if he will face the Cardinals in Week 16.

  • Luke Willson

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Willson has missed the previous four games due to a hamstring injury, and it is unknown if he will line up against the Cardinals in Week 16.

  • Bobby Wagner

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Wagner exited the last game with a right ankle sprain, and it is unclear if he will participate in Week 16 versus the Cardinals.

  • Mychal Kendricks

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Kendricks missed the last game while tending to a hamstring injury. It is unknown if he will play against the Cardinals in Week 16.

  • Shaquill Griffin

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | questionable

    Griffin missed the last game while nursing a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will partake in Week 16 against the Cardinals.

  • Rashaad Penny

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Penny has been sent to the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL in his left knee.

  • Ezekiel Ansah

    Neck
    day-to-day | questionable

    Ansah missed the last game while bothered by a neck injury, and it is unclear if he will line up versus the Cardinals in Week 16.

  • Bo Scarbrough

    Ribs
    day-to-day | questionable

    Scarbrough missed the last outing while ailing from injured ribs, and it is unknown if he will be active Week 16 against the Broncos.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Dalvin Cook

    Shoulder
    day-to-day | questionable

    Cook exited the previous game with a left shoulder injury, and his status for Week 16 versus the Packers is in question.

  • Alexander Mattison

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Mattison missed the last game due to an ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will play Week 16 against the Packers.

  • Jayron Kearse

    Toe
    day-to-day | questionable

    Kearse sat out the previous game with toe injury, and it is unknown if he will take the field against the Packers in Week 16.

  • Bisi Johnson

    Quadricep
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Johnson is dealing with a quadriceps injury, and it is up in the air if he will be on the field against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Adam Thielen

    Hamstring
    Prob Sun | probable

    Thielen has sat out the last four games with a hamstring injury, but it is projected that he will suit up Sunday against the Chargers.

  • Linval Joseph

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Joseph is bothered by a knee injury, but he is expected to be available Sunday against the Chargers.

  • Dalvin Cook

    Chest
    Prob Sun | probable

    Cook is projected to be in Sunday's lineup versus the Chargers despite a chest injury.

  • Xavier Rhodes

    Ankle
    Prob Sun | probable

    Rhodes exited the last game with a right ankle injury, but he is likely to be active for Sunday's contest against the Chargers.

seattle-seahawks Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Russell Wilson 3 3 119.583 54 105 75 0 8 61 7 901
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Chris Carson 3 3 158 22 45 1
Russell Wilson 3 3 81 18 17 2
Rashaad Penny 2 1 80 37 16 1
J.D. McKissic 3 0 46 44 3 0
C.J. Prosise 3 0 12 5 6 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tyler Lockett 3 3 277 44 22 28 2
DK Metcalf 3 3 217 54 9 19 1
Will Dissly 3 3 124 25 12 14 3
Malik Turner 3 0 73 30 5 6 0
Chris Carson 3 3 59 10 10 11 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Bobby Wagner 3 3 17 17 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
Tre Flowers 3 3 15 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
K.J. Wright 3 3 12 13 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Bradley McDougald 3 3 10 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
Mychal Kendricks 3 3 7 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Jason Myers 3 1 0 1 0 10 10
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Rashaad Penny 2 1 3 0 21 44
Tyler Lockett 3 3 2 0 29 47
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Chris Carson 3 3 3 3 0 0 0 0
Russell Wilson 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Al Woods 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Cody Barton 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Nick Bellore 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Will Dissly 3 3 18 0 0 0 0 0 3
Chris Carson 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Russell Wilson 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 9
Tyler Lockett 3 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jason Myers 3 1 10 0 0 0 0 0 0
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Tyler Lockett 3 3 5 5 10 22

minnesota-vikings Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Kirk Cousins 3 3 86.872 61 63 37 2 2 8 3 502
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Dalvin Cook 3 3 375 75 57 4
Alexander Mattison 3 0 132 23 25 1
Kirk Cousins 3 3 37 11 12 1
Mike Boone 3 0 28 24 3 0
Ameer Abdullah 3 0 10 6 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Adam Thielen 3 3 173 35 11 16 2
Stefon Diggs 3 3 101 45 6 12 1
Dalvin Cook 3 3 79 18 9 10 0
Chad Beebe 3 0 70 61 2 2 0
Irv Smith Jr. 3 1 59 26 4 5 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Eric Kendricks 3 3 18 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
Harrison Smith 3 3 16 4 1 1 1 13 4 0 0 1
Trae Waynes 3 3 13 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Anthony Barr 2 2 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 1
Danielle Hunter 3 3 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 26 5
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Dan Bailey 3 0 3 4 50 10 9
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Ameer Abdullah 3 0 1 0 25 25
Chad Beebe 3 0 1 0 13 13
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Kirk Cousins 3 3 4 1 0 0 1 0
Chad Beebe 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
Stefon Diggs 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
Anthony Harris 3 3 0 0 1 0 0 0
Garrett Bradbury 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Dalvin Cook 3 3 24 0 0 0 0 0 4
Adam Thielen 3 3 18 0 0 0 0 0 3
Dan Bailey 3 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 0
Alexander Mattison 3 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 1
Kirk Cousins 3 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 4
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Chad Beebe 3 0 7 6 15 46