Although the run game wasn’t very successful for most of the game, Minnesota tried to get their backs going, which has been in stark contrast to the rest of the season. In the second half, the Vikings offense was able to move the ball down the field but weren’t able to turn it any meaningful points. Stefon Diggs had four receptions for 76 yards, while Adam Thielen having five receptions for 70 yards, showing that even when the offense is struggling, the wide receiving duo will show up for the team.
The Vikings offense was unable to put any points on the board outside of a late, garbage time touchdown. Minnesota had two turnovers on downs, one on a fourth and goal from the Seahawks one-yard line, and one on a fourth and one on the Seahawks 40-yard line towards the end of the third quarter. Ultimately the struggles in this game ended up being the final straw for OC John DeFilippo’s tenure as part of the Vikings coaching staff. Former quarterback coach, Kevin Stefanski will take over as the team’s Offensive Coordinator and only time will tell if the offense will improve with a new play caller.
Overall, the defense did a good job at stopping the Seattle offense, only allowing 14 points. The defense was constantly put in a bad position because of the offensive struggles yet was able to keep Minnesota in the game. Additionally, the Vikings defense was able to shut down the Seahawks passing attack, only allowing 72 passing yards to four-time Pro Bowler, Russell Wilson. Late in the second quarter the defense was able to force a turnover with linebacker Erik Kendricks coming up with a pivotal interception on a questionable decision by Wilson at the one-yard-line.
Despite the success in stopping the Seattle passing attack, the Minnesota defense struggled at slowing Seattle’s run game, led by Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. As a team, the Vikings allowed the Seahawks to rush for 214 yards and an average of 5.1 yards per carry. The inability to stop the run showed up on the Seahawks final drive when Russell Wilson gained 40 yards on a scramble. This drive ended with a Seattle touchdown and two-point conversion, pushing the deficit to 14.
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