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Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Minnesota Vikings, follow us on social for live updates

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. Minnesota Vikings, follow us on social for live updates

There’s a battle brewing out West. 

The Seattle Seahawks (9-2) are hosting the Minnesota Vikings (8-3) for Monday Night Football and the importance of this game cannot be overstated.

With a victory over the Vikings in primetime, the Seahawks could take over the NFC West, as well as the No. 2 seed in NFC playoff positioning with less than a month of the season left.

If they fall to Minnesota, Seattle would remain second in the West and fall to No. 6—the last seed in the NFC. The stakes could not be higher. 

Our Seahawks Insider Joe Fann and digital producer Lindsey Wisniewski are in Seattle for the game, so make sure you follow along on social. Kickoff is at 5:15 p.m.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

This is the second-straight year the Seahawks and Vikings are battling it out in prime-time. Last year’s meeting was won by Seattle 21-17, when a Wild Card berth was at stake.

The Seahawks are 25-10 all-time on Monday night and their .714 winning percentage on Mondays ranks first all-time in NFL history.

Seattle is 18-2 at home in primetime games since 2010.

With a win on Monday, the Seahawks would start the season 10-2 or better for the fourth time in franchise history.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Pete Carroll on hosting the Vikings:

“It’s been a very good week and very pointed. We feel like we’ve played these guys over the years enough where we have a good feel for them and understand what they’re trying to do. Because of that, we have great respect for their play. This is a really good team. There’s nothing that they don’t do well. They’re tough and physical and really well schooled in all their stuff. We got to play a really good ball game. It’s going to be a great matchup. I hope we’re up for it and play like we’re capable. We’ll see what happens at the end.”

GAME INFORMATION

Time: Monday, December 2 at 5:15 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, WA

TV: ESPN

WATCH: Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings

WATCH: Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings

There were a lot of incredible moments in the Seattle Seahawks Week 2 preseason matchup against the Minnesota Vikings, even though the Seahawks didn't walk away with a W. 

There was Ugo Amadi's perfectly timed blow, the chemistry between Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett and oh, don't think we forgot DeShawn Shead's 88-yard pick-six. 

Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the game, including this gem from Russell Wilson Helmet Cam. You can also check out Seahawks Insider Joe Fann’s three takeaways from the game here.

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks fall to Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 of preseason

Social media reacts as Seattle Seahawks fall to Minnesota Vikings in Week 2 of preseason

The Seattle Seahawks second game of the preseason had plenty of ups and downs. Poona Ford did some damage to Minnesota's offense, Russell Wilson and Tyler Lockett's connection showed some preseason sparks and Ugo Amadi made an impact on special teams with a massive hit. 

Seattle, however, didn't walk away from Minnesota unscathed. Paxton Lynch suffered a hard hit late in the fourth quarter, Marquise Blair left the game with a back injury and Demetrius Knox was carted off the field with what looks to be a serious knee injury. 

Here’s a look at how fans, media and NFL players reacted to the Seahawks 25-19 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

No one blocks Poona Ford. Early in the game, the one-man wrecking crew delivered a hit to the Vikings offensive line that nearly forced a fumble. It was later ruled Vikings ball, but Ford’s stellar play did not go unrecognized.

Moments later, Tyler Lockett had a brilliant catch in front of the Minnesota bench. He toed the sideline for a catch on third-and-5.

In the second quarter, veteran DeShawn Shead took it all the way back for the Seahawks with an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown. Shead’s Pick-6 shook NFL Twitter, including many of his former teammates.

Former Oregon safety Ugo Amadi delivered a big shot to pin the Vikings at the 37-yard line. Twitter celebrated accordingly.

Paxton Lynch sustained a scary, helmet-to-helmet hit late in the fourth quarter that led to an ejection for Vikings cornerback Holton Hill. 

Moments later, Demetrius Knox was carted off the field with what looked like a serious knee injury. 

Next up, the Seahawks will head to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers on Aug. 24. Kick off for the Week 3 game is set for 7:00 p.m. PT. 

Dillon Mitchell: The future mayor of Memphis but first a Super Bowl to Minnesota

Dillon Mitchell: The future mayor of Memphis but first a Super Bowl to Minnesota

Former Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell is now a professional football player for the Minnesota Vikings with a Tommy Hilfiger deal pending and driving a custom Lamborghini Gallardo as a draft gift from a Memphis car dealership.

Although those perks are thrilling, Mitchell is most excited to get to Minneapolis, Minnesota for Vikings rookie mini-camp to show that he belongs in the National Football League.

Projected to go as high as the second round, the Vikings drafted Mitchell with the 239th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2019 NFL Draft in what has been widely considered as a “steal.” As the wait prolonged for Mitchell to hear his named called, many wondered, did the junior make the right decision to turn professional?

“Looking back I definitely feel like I made the right decision for myself,” Mitchell said. “Going forward, I believe at the next level, with great coaches and great people around me, I will only build up my skills. I’m happy with my decision.”

Coming off of the best seasons a Duck has ever had, Mitchell’s mindset never wavered; he had zero moments of doubt. As more teams passed him up, Mitchell held tight, knowing his opportunity would come. The Memphis-native stayed calm by being around his close circle of family and friends in his hometown and taking naps.

Mitchell’s agent told him they were aiming for day two of the draft (rounds two through four), but when day three arrived and a team hadn’t called yet, Mitchell began to revel in being a “diamond in the rough” and went out to breakfast with his family on Saturday morning.

“As the days and the picks dwindled, the size of the chip on my shoulder increased,” Mitchell said.

When he finally got the call, he pressed pause on the Sherlock Holmes movie he was watching with his fiance, former Oregon track and field athlete and current Nike sprinter, Deajah Stevens. He expected to have tears of joy but Mitchell described the moment he got drafted as “life changing.”

He plans on using that determination to compete for the Vikings’ vacancy for a third receiver from the jump. Mitchell’s ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for the Vikings.

The biggest slight on Mitchell, who holds Oregon’s record for single season receiving yards with 1,184, on any draft profile is the concern with his work ethic in the weight room. Right now, the 6-foot-1 receiver is weighing in at 205 pounds after adding five pounds of muscle working out ahead of the draft. He plans on becoming more of a “gym rat” to build a solid base to compete at the next level.

Interestingly, Mitchell will get to learn from two veterans that know his situation very well. Recent history shows the Vikings have success in bringing in under-the-radar receivers and making a success out of them. Minnesota selected Stefon Diggs in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, while Adam Thielen went undrafted in 2013 before attending a rookie tryout and signing a three-year, $1.48 million contract as an undrafted free agent.

“It definitely shows me that their coaching staff and organization invests and believe in their players when they draft them,” Mitchell said. “It’s showed me that anything is possible, you don’t have to be a top-four round pick. Thielen, he’s one of the best receivers I’ve ever seen, and Diggs, I’m just so excited to get there and follow in the footsteps of guys like them, plus the history of Cris Carter and Randy Moss."

Getting drafted by Minnesota was a “dream come true,” but it was also a shock. The Vikings did not bring Mitchell out for a pre-draft workout or reach out prior to day three of the draft. 

Mitchell celebrated with a good old-fashioned BBQ in his hometown of Memphis. To show appreciation to his closest friends, he gifted them Oregon jerseys from this breakout junior season. Then, he flew to Los Angeles to pick up the rest of his stuff and reports in Minnesota on Thursday. He can’t wait to explore the city of Minneapolis, which he has visited once before on a basketball tournament trip in high school.

Mitchell is turning a new leaf with a new jersey number, 13 (his number at Oregon) was available but the receiver decided to start a new era of his career wearing the number 17 in purple. He laughed as he divulged that purple is his favorite color, a dangerous statement considering the former Ducks rival Washington sports the same color.

In Minneapolis, he will be reunited with former Washington quarterback Jake Browning and Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, both competing for the backup role behind Kirk Cousins.

“It’ll be a little weird now being on the same team, but I’m excited because I know those guys are excited and great people.” Mitchell said.

His four-year contract is projected to be worth $2,600,316 with a $80,316 signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com. Mitchell plans on saving his signing bonus and the rest of the checks for the season, while living off the Tommy Hilfiger deal.

Mitchell isn’t done at Oregon, though. He has aspirations to finish his Bachelor’s Degree in political science. He is only two quarters of classes away and plans on taking online classes during season and will return to Eugene to take a few more classes in the offseason. With his political science degree, Mitchell’s goal is to become the mayor of Memphis, but first, he’s focusing on priority one: helping bring a Super Bowl to Minnesota.

Vikings draft Dillon Mitchell in 7th round with a need for a No. 3 receiver

Vikings draft Dillon Mitchell in 7th round with a need for a No. 3 receiver

The Minnesota Vikings selected Dillon Mitchell in the seventh round, 239th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Here is what the Vikings are getting with the ProDuck and how Mitchell fits the team’s needs.

TEAM NEEDS Minnesota needed to address skill positions in this draft: Tight end Kyle Rudolph is in the last year of his contract, running back Latavius Murray left for the Saints, and there is a vacancy for a No. 3 wide receiver. Mitchell’s ability as a ball carrier, excellent route running, efficient footwork and yards after catch potential make him an enticing weapon for NFL offenses. His four-year contract is projected to be worth $2,600,316 with a $80,316 signing bonus, according to OverTheCap.com.

YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW THAT In high school, Mitchell was an excellent basketball player and mentored by former Memphis and NBA star Penny Hardaway but ultimately chose the gridiron.

AT OREGON Mitchell is coming off of one of the best seasons a Duck has ever had. He finished 2018 with a program single-season record 1,184 yards receiving, which led the Pac-12 Conference. Impressively, 49 of his 75 receptions resulted in a first down, the highest total in the Pac-12. After shattering expectations in his junior year, Mitchell chose to forgo his senior season take his talents to the NFL.

PRAISED FOR his versatility: Mitchell can play outside, in the slot, or both. His downfield speed serves as both a scorcher on offense and as a potential force in the return game. Mitchell periodically handled return duties, with a long return of 45 yards on a punt return during his rookie season.

STRENGTHS Mitchell showcased his speed in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, timing in at 4.46 seconds, the 14th fastest out of 47 receivers who ran. At Oregon’s pro day he recorded a 6.93 second three-cone drill, which would be sixth among 29 wide receivers who ran at the NFL Combine.

NEEDS TO WORK ON ball-tracking is a main concern. His height checks the box but, like most athletes who turn pro, Mitchell will need to hit the weight room to add some weight and continue to improve his route running and blocking.

FUN FACT Mitchell refers to his dad is a “top-tier Raiders fan” with a decadent man cave who is considering moving to Las Vegas.

QUOTE “I’m eager to make a team and prove that I belong in the NFL.” Mitchell told Bri Amaranthus.

BEST SOCIAL POST An epic caption with a Space Jam reference on a touchdown photo.

Plus, this tweet, which Mitchell said was in reference to his hunger and determination to be one of the best receivers in the NFL.

MEASUREABLES 6' 1", 200 LBS, 31 1/2” ARMS, 9” HANDS

HOMETOWN Memphis, TN

NFL Comparison T.J. Jones

AT OREGON’S SPRING GAME

Seattle Seahawks embrace winning ugly with NFL playoffs on the horizon

Seattle Seahawks embrace winning ugly with NFL playoffs on the horizon

SEATTLE - Seattle's 21-7 win over Minnesota Monday night at CenturyLink Field could be summed up by one play. 

On the opening drive of the third quarter the Seahawks ran a pass play to offensive lineman George Fant who had lined up as an eligible receiver as he does a handful of times each game to serve as an extra run blocker. 

This time, however, Seattle called a pass play and Fant found himself wide open in the right flat. Quarterback Russell Wilson did not hesitate to throw in the direction of the backup offensive lineman, who extended his large mitts for hands to haul in the pass and then proceeded to take a few steps downfield before stumbling and falling to the turf just short of the first down marker without ever being touched by a defensive player.

The cheers induced by the site of a 322-pound man wearing #74 making a reception quickly transitioned to groans when Fant hit the ground. Fant had been foiled by what his teammates called the dreaded “turf monster."  

Mere seconds passed by before his teammates began mocking him. 

“As soon as I came to the sideline they told me, ‘man, I can’t believe that,'” Fant recalled. 

Neither could anyone else even though on this night that play fit into the construct of the game at hand.

On a night with so much on the line for both teams, the Seahawks (8-5) and the Vikings (6-6-1) put forth one of the most boring football games in the history of the sport. No, this display did not qualify as a monumental defensive battle. Few spectacular defensive plays occurred. Instead, both offenses appeared to have forgotten how to play football to the point where through three quarters the most interesting thing that happened was Fant’s unspectacular reception for nine yards on a drive that a few plays later ended with a punt.

But, in an effort to identify the silver lining for the Seahawks, winning ugly does have its merits.

While Wilson managed to pass for just 60 yards – not 260, not 160, but yes, 60 – Seattle found a way to win thanks to a defense that shut down Minnesota’s usually potent passing game and a rushing attack that pounded out 214 yards on 5.1 per carry against a top 10 rushing defense.

So while Seattle led just 3-0 at halftime, never trailed in the game and didn’t score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter, at the end of the night the Seahawks had stumbled their way into being one victory away from clinching a playoff berth with a date at San Francisco (3-10) up next. And they did it by battling through the sludge of a forgetful game to end out on top.  

“It’s good, especially for the young guys to see that we can win however,” said Seattle middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who blocked a field goal in the fourth quarter with Seattle up 6-0. “Whether it’s a defensive game, an offensive game, special teams game, it’s always good to have these kinds of wins throughout the season because you can use them in the playoffs.”

Ah yes, the playoffs, a glorious place where few expected this team would end up when the season began. Now Seattle is staring at a possible postseason matchups at either NFC East-leading Dallas (8-5) or NFC North-leading Chicago (9-4). Both teams, like Minnesota, have strong defenses, which means that the Seahawks would likely need to win an ugly game in order to advance.

So after a couple of weeks of putting up gaudy offensive numbers against San Francisco and Carolina, the Seahawks probably benefited from engaging in a less than esthetically pleasing contest that, according to Wilson, required the team to remain calm and “keep swinging.”

“If you want to be a championship team you’ve got to find a way to win games even when it doesn’t look pretty", Wilson said.

Winning games in bruising and sometimes frustrating fashion requires resiliency. The type of resiliency that allows a team to rebound from maddening plays such as when Wilson, with seconds remaining in the half and the ball at the Minnesota one-yard line, slipped, regained his feet and then attempted to throw the ball away but instead lofted it directly into the arms of Vikings to linebacker Eric Kendricks to end the scoring threat and leave Seattle with just a 3-0 lead at the break.

Talk about a gut punch. But, Seattle kept its composure and the defense kept Minnesota out of the end zone while the offense searched for a way to win.

“Our defense really picked us up in a big way,” Wilson said.

Seattle’s running game set the tone. Without the 214 yards on the ground, Seattle’s defense would have found itself in poor field position situations that could have led to better scoring opportunities for Minnesota. According to Seattle coach Pete Carroll, the ability to run the football and commit to the running game pays off in many ways including helping to grind out a hard-fought defensive battle.

“I think that’s what balance is all about,” Carroll said. “That you get what you need on that day. You don’t know how it’s going to come to you. If you don’t emphasize the running game it’s really hard to call on it when you need it.”

The elation in Seattle’s locker room following the game created the perfect atmosphere for teammates to make light of Fant’s mishap that he claimed might have resulted in a touchdown had he kept his feet and broken one tackle.

“He almost scored,” Carroll said with a laugh. “That’s how he saw it…He didn’t quite get all of the yards that were there. Maybe next time.”

Said Fant: “It’s alright, man. It’s alright. I made the play.”

And in the end, just like with Seattle winning ugly, that's all that matters. 

 

Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Minnesota Vikings

Highlights from the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Minnesota Vikings

The Seahawks pulled off an impressive win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football, winning 21-7. The game was much closer than the score indicated. It was 6-0 Seattle heading into the fourth quarter.

After Seattle punched in a TD and a two-point conversion, the defense forced a Minnesota fumble on the next possession that turned into a scoop and score for another TD. It was a quick 15 points late in the fourth quarter. 

Here are some of the top plays from the game:

Rapid Reaction: Three quick takeaways from the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Minnesota Vikings

Rapid Reaction: Three quick takeaways from the Seattle Seahawks’ win over the Minnesota Vikings

SEATTLE - For a game that had so much hype surrounding it, this was a snooze-fest until the final four minutes of the game. Under the Monday Night Football lights of CenturyLink field, the only thing electric about Seattle’s offense was their “action green” uniforms. Probably the most exciting play was 6’ 5” 322-pound tackle George Fant catching a nine-yard reception. The defense stepped up limiting the Vikings to just one touchdown, a blocked field goal, two stops on critical 4th downs, and one scoop and score to seal the victory.

The Seahawks (8-5) keep their lead in the NFC Wildcard race with a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings (6-6-1). 

Here are some quick thoughts from our reporters on site…

Final Box Score: Vikings 7, Seahawks 21

Aaron Fentress, NBCSNW Seahawks Insider: Seattle's rushing offense had a strong night against a top 10 rushing defense despite not producing very many points. But at least running the ball well, Seattle's offense helped the team's defense with strong field position for most of the night. They will need to run the ball well to win in the playoffs. 

Dani Klupenger, NBCSNW Seahawks Insider: In between naps during this snooze-fest Monday night game, I will say Seattle made some big plays on fourth down. On defense, the one that sticks out is McDouglad’s stop on 4th and 1 to prevent the Vikings touchdown and offensively, Chris Carson’s conversion on 4th and 1 prior to the 2-minute warning in the first half. It's going to take big plays like those if Seattle wants to pull an upset in the playoffs.

Ashley Young, Football Coordinator: Something that was emphasized in practice this week was tackling. With shifty Minnesota running back Dalvin Cook, making opposing defenses look silly, the Seahawks defense open field tackling looked really good. Just for reference, Cook ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Bobby Wagner, Tre Flowers, and Bradley McDougald made critical open field tackles to contain Cook from gaining serious yardage. With a possible first round playoff game vs. Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys, you better believe the ability to tackle these shifty backs will be a key. 

Next Up: The Seahawks (8-5) hit the road to face division rival the San Francisco 49ers (3-10) who are coming off a 20-14 win over the Denver Broncos (6-7) at home in the Bay Area. 

Big stage, big lights, big test: the Minnesota Vikings' two-headed monster

Big stage, big lights, big test: the Minnesota Vikings' two-headed monster

There are not many receivers in the NFL playing at the level of Minnesota wideouts Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

The Vikings dynamic duo have a combined 182 receptions for 2,005 yards and 15 touchdowns entering Monday Night Football against the red-hot Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. 

The one-two punch of Diggs and Thielen will keep Seattle’s defenders on their toes, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows it. 

“The guys come through and make the catches,” Carroll said of Minnesota's wide receiver tandem. “They’re both good after the catch. They both get down the field. They’re possession guys, they’re down-the-field guys, they have all of that ability and so it just makes it really hard.”

The chemistry between Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and his wide receivers has been on display all season long. Both Diggs and Thielen are catching over 70 percent of their targets from Cousins, who has completion percentage of 71.3 percent, third-highest in the NFL. And for a team that has struggled getting their ground game together, the Vikings will once again look to get it done throught the air on MNF.

“They seem extremely well connected with Cousins,” Carroll said. “The intricacies of the things that they’re running and the timing that they’re able to show consistency on, really good stuff, good concept stuff.

“Their execution is really as good as you can get.”

Seattle will look to ride Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner, who is coming off debatably his best game of his career. Wagner sliced San Francisco’s backfield in Week 13, delivering a 98-yard interception for a touchdown and filling the stat sheet in every category. His monstrous performance earned him NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors

Wagner says he knows he’ll have his hands full with the Vikings receiving corps on Monday night. 

“You got running backs who can get out in the flat and make plays, make people miss,” Wagner said. “You’ve got a receiving group that can go up and jump over people’s heads and outrun guys down the field and you got a tight end who doesn’t mind coming over the middle and getting hit.”

The primetime matchup will have major playoff implications for the fifth-seeded Seahawks (7-5) and sixth-seeded Vikings (6-5-1), who are both in a tight Wild Card race. This game is especially critical for Seattle, who faces Kansas City in Week 16.

Kickoff for Monday’s game is set for 5:15 p.m.

Even at 0-3, Seattle looked like a potential playoff team

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Even at 0-3, Seattle looked like a potential playoff team

Ultimately, Seattle lost its third preseason game tonight, falling 21-20 at Minnesota.

Meaningless, really. 

Meaningful is that Seattle's offense played relatively well against the NFL's top-ranked defense from 2017 and the Seahawks' defense didn't look to shabby, either. 

Dare it be said: Seattle (0-3) looked like a potential playoff team tonight. 

While it would be hypocritical to state that Seattle playing well in a preseason game means something while losing said game means nothing, the reality is that for a Seahawks team searching for an identity in a year of major transition, tonight's game, along with the first two outings, at the very least revealed a team that could be pretty good.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson passed for 118 on 11-of-21 passing and running backs Chris Carson and Mike Davis combined for 57 yards on the ground. Those aren't eye-popping statistics, but they helped the first-team offense score a touchdown on a 12-play, 75-yard drive (Carson finished it off from six-yards out) in the second quarter and net two field goals on other drives. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall caught three passes for 34 yards to help on those drives. 

Minnesota (2-1) allowed just 15 points per game last season. So getting 13 in less than three quarters isn't something to ignore. 

Defensively, Seattle struggled early, allowing two long Minnesota drives but held the Vikings to field goals. 

"I thought we played with good juice tonight," Seattle coach Pete Carroll told reporters. "I like the way that we're learning to hit."

Through three preseason games, Seattle's offense has looked solid, and that's because the offensive line appears to be much better than it was last season. Even the much-maligned Germain Ifedi played well tonight at right tackle. In fact, he made the key block on Carson's touchdown, driving a linebacker all the way back to the goal line and out of the play. 

As for special teams, rookie punter Michael Dickson continued to look special this preseason. He averaged 53.6 yards on five punts with a long of 61. Two were deftly dropped inside the Vikings' five-yard line.  Kicker Sebastian Janikowski's field goals covered 35 and 55 yards. 

"We did a marvelous job with the kickers tonight," Carroll said. "I was just so proud of `Sea Bass' to hit a bomb and then hit another one. And Michael Dickson couldn't have been more effective with his punts the first time out. He was really the guy, and I'm really fired up about that."

In the end, all of this could prove to mean very little once the regular season begins. But for a team coming off of a 9-7 season and an offseason that resulted in the loss of several key stars, what we've seen so far has been encouraging. 

Seattle hosts Oakland at 7 p.m. on Thursday to close out the preseason.