After nearly two years, it's finally time for football at a packed U.S. Bank Stadium. Fans are back in the building for the first time since 2019 and they're ready to cheer on their Vikings as they look to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Seahawks and avoid an 0-3 start to the year.
The Seahawks are also hungry for a win, having lost in overtime to the Titans last week.
The key for the Vikings is going to be limiting Russell Wilson's big plays through the air. They need to put pressure on Wilson so their cornerbacks don't have to cover Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf for too long.
When the Vikings have the ball, it needs to be the Kirk Cousins show. Dalvin Cook is out, with Alexander Mattison replacing him at running back. Mattison is a good player who will get plenty of work, but the Vikings are going to have to win this one with Cousins' arm. They've got plenty of weapons for him to put up points on a mediocre Seahawks defense.
Here is the inactive list for the Vikings, headlined by the injured Cook, Anthony Barr, and Christian Darrisaw.
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Final Score: Vikings 30, Seahawks 17
Vikings 30, Seahawks 17
2:13 — The Vikings, barring disaster, are going to beat the Seahawks for the first time since 2009 and move to 1-2 on the season.
Vikings 27, Seahawks 17
13:47 — Seattle's defense holds the Vikings to a field goal for the second straight trip into the red zone.
15:00 — The Vikings are just outside of the Seahawks' red zone to start the fourth quarter. A touchdown here would be huge.
4:37 — That's a huge stop for the Vikings. An Everson Griffen sack forces the Seahawks into 3rd and very long and they have to punt.
Vikings 24, Seahawks 17
6:34 — The Vikings' offense stalls in the red zone but gets a field goal from Greg Joseph to take a seven-point lead. Cousins is still playing quite well.
Vikings 21, Seahawks 17
0:16 — Kirk Cousins is playing out of his mind. His third touchdown pass of the day to a third different receiver puts the Vikings up for the first time in this game. He's 16 of 20 for 185 yards and three TDs in the first half. Justin Jefferson catches this one.
3:14 — A kicker just missed a field goal against the Vikings. It's possible after all. Jason Myers, who had made 37 straight, goes wide left from 44 yards.
Seahawks 17, Vikings 14
5:28 — Adam Thielen continues to be one of the best red zone weapons in the NFL. His fourth touchdown in three games comes on 3rd and 13 and brings the Vikings back within three.
Seahawks 17, Vikings 7
11:12 — The Vikings' defense is getting destroyed right now. The Seahawks just took a 17-7 lead on a 30-yard touchdown run by Chris Carson. Seattle already has over 200 yards of offense.
Seahawks 10, Vikings 7
0:27 — The Seahawks moved the ball again on their second drive, but a penalty led to them settling for a field goal. The Vikings will take that.
Seahawks 7, Vikings 7
6:37 — The Vikings respond right away with a seven-play touchdown drive of their own, capped by a Kirk Cousins to Tyler Conklin score. Alexander Mattison and Justin Jefferson were also involved on the drive.
Seahawks 7, Vikings 0
10:26 — The Seahawks just made it look easy on their opening drive, going 75 yards on nine plays for a touchdown. D.K. Metcalf had three catches for 54 yards, including a 10-yard TD catch.