5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3


5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings entered Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season with a big chip on their shoulders. Their first two games of the season came down to the wire and the team sadly sat at 0-2 while losing both those games by a total of four points.

Although their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks wasn’t a must-win situation for the purple and gold, it was an opportunity for the team to get back on track in front of their home crowd for the first time in almost two years.

Minnesota also hadn’t beaten Seattle in their previous seven meetings and had never gotten the best of Russel Wilson before Sunday’s 30-17 victory that put the Vikings offense front and center against a team with many great weapons of their own.

There were some interesting things that were learned from the game on Sunday, Sept. 26 that can carry over to the rest of the season. Let’s look at five big takeaways from the Week 3 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.

5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

There was a lot to learn in the Week 3 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks. Here are five big takeaways from the contest.

The Minnesota Vikings entered Week 3 of the 2021 NFL season with a big chip on their shoulders. Their first two games of the season came down to the wire and the team sadly sat at 0-2 while losing both those games by a total of four points.

Although their Week 3 game against the Seattle Seahawks wasn’t a must-win situation for the purple and gold, it was an opportunity for the team to get back on track in front of their home crowd for the first time in almost two years.

Minnesota also hadn’t beaten Seattle in their previous seven meetings and had never gotten the best of Russel Wilson before Sunday’s 30-17 victory that put the Vikings offense front and center against a team with many great weapons of their own.

There were some interesting things that were learned from the game on Sunday, Sept. 26 that can carry over to the rest of the season. Let’s look at five big takeaways from the Week 3 game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.

5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

Alexander Mattison – Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

No Dalvin? No problem!

Coming into this game, expectations were high for Dalvin Cook. Seattle was coming off a game where they gave up 212 yards on the ground to the Titans and this was going to be a game where one of the most dynamic running backs in the league was going to feast.

Sadly, that couldn’t happen. Cook’s ankle injury proved to be too much for him to suit up on Sunday. This left Alexander Mattison and Ameer Abdullah with the big task of producing in the Minnesota Vikings run game.

The duo was up to the challenge. Mattison led the way with 112 yards on 26 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per attempt. Meanwhile, Abdullah changed up the pace on five carries, picking up 24 yards for an average of 4.8 yards per rushing attempt.

Not only that, but Minnesota is due to get rookie running back Kene Nwangwu back from injured reserve soon. This will only bolster what should be considered one of the best running back groups in the NFL.

5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

Justin Jefferson – Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Feel that electricity!

There was something missing in the first two games of the season for the Minnesota Vikings. Although fans of the purple and gold travel well and can typically be spotted in pretty impressive numbers at road games, there is nothing like the oceans of fans that fill U.S. Bank Stadium.

On several occasions, the home of the Vikings was so loud and rowdy that it was obvious players on offense for Seattle couldn’t understand the calls and adjustments that were being made at the line of scrimmage. This resulted in penalties and miscues.

Fans in attendance should be proud of the noise and energy they brought on Sunday. It was a great way to re-open U.S. Bank Stadium to fans as well as feed energy directly into a team that had its back against the wall.

Minnesota winning their first home game of the year shouldn’t be too shocking, but the fact they were able to do it against a Seahawks team led by Russel Wilson puts the cherry on top of a decisive win in front of passionate fans.

5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

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Feeding off Everson

I’ll admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of bringing back Everson Griffen. I was prepared to move forward with D.J. Wonnum and an assortment of young players and veterans to pair with Danielle Hunter as pass-rushing bookends.

Everson Griffen proved me wrong on Sunday. He brought energy and intensity to the defensive line when in the game. He showed he still has an arsenal of moves to deploy against blockers to get two hits on Russel Wilson with one of them resulting in a sack.

So far this year, Everson hasn’t seemed like a distraction to the team. In fact, his veteran leadership could help young players on the defensive line become more comfortable in their abilities and learn some tips and tricks from Griffen.

Getting to Russel Wilson can be a massive challenge. Minnesota was only able to sack the Seahawks quarterback twice. Still, thanks to Griffen and company, the day was made a bit more uncomfortable for the Super Bowl XLVIII champion.

5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

Justin Jefferson – Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Jefferson is back

The first two weeks of the 2021 NFL season were quiet for Justin Jefferson. The man who broke the Minnesota Vikings’ rookie receiving yards record started off averaging only 68 receiving yards per game through his first two contests.

Jefferson exploded back onto the scene in Week 3 against the Seahawks. He was targeted 11 times by quarterback Kirk Cousins, catching nine of those passes for 118 yards and a touchdown. He also had one nice catch and run for 28 yards that put the team in good field position.

While Jefferson was quiet earlier this season, K.J. Osborn stepped up in his place. With Jefferson looking like himself again and Adam Thielen doing his thing in the red zone and picking up first downs, the team looks like it has a dangerous pass-catching trio.

Now, Jefferson has 254 yards and two touchdowns through three weeks. That means he’s on track for 1.440 yards and 11 touchdowns if he keeps his average up. There are bound to be ups and downs for him this year, but that does seem like a fair estimation.

5 biggest takeaways from Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 3

Kirk Cousins – Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Kirk Cousins deserves to be in the MVP conversation

Three weeks into the NFL season and Minnesota Vikings fans have no reason to be upset with the performance of Kirk Cousins. Sure, people might wish his salary cap was lower or that he was a bit more exciting of a player, but it’s hard to argue with his results.

Cousins lit up the scoreboard on Sunday. He completeed 30 of his 38 pass attempts for 323 yards and three touchdowns while getting rid of the ball quickly to only absorb one sack from the Seahawks defense.

There was no other word to use for the play of Cousins against Seattle than decisive. His throws were deliberate and accurate, keeping the ball away from the Seahawks while putting his player in the best position to get the football.

Through three weeks, Cousins as thrown for 918 yards while throwing eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. He has completed 74 percent of his passes and has a 118.3 rating. He has every right to be part of the MVP conversation and would likely be a favorite if this team was 3-0 and not 1-2.

What were your biggest takeaways from the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks in Week 3? And how do you feel about these lessons that we learned this week? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

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