Minnesota Vikings Week 3 Game Release

Game Summary

The Minnesota Vikings (0-2) return to Minneapolis for their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks (1-1) with the game set for 3:25 p.m. CT at U.S. Bank Stadium. The contest marks the first time since the 2015 season that the Vikings will play the Seahawks at home after the two clubs have met in Seattle each of the last three seasons.

Seattle is coming off of a 33-30 overtime home loss at Tennessee. Minnesota returns home after beginning the season with two road losses by a combined four points.

At Arizona in Week 2, QB Kirk Cousins’ touchdown pass to WR K.J. Osborn – first NFL touchdown of Osborn’s career – is the 14th touchdown of at least 60 yards in Cousins’ career. RB Dalvin Cook rushed for more than 100 yards against the Cardinals, making it his 16th time in his career doing so. He is now one game short of tying former RB Chuck Foreman for third in Vikings Career 100-plus yard rushing games.

DE Danielle Hunter, who missed all of 2020 with an injury, currently ranks second in the NFL in total sacks with 4.0, sitting behind Arizona Cardinals DE Chandler Jones (5.0).

After posting back-to-back double-digit tackle games to start the season, LB Eric Kendricks ranks second in the NFL in total tackles with 26, only trailing Seattle’s Bobby Wagner.

Vikings-Seahawks 2021 regular season comparison

OFFENSE …………………..MIN (RK)…SEA (RK)……….Diff
Yards / Game………………………….. 411.0 (6) ……… 389.0 (11)………………….22
Yards / Play……………………………. 6.09 (12)………7.41 (1)…………………..-1.32
Rushing Yards / Game…………….. 122.0 (10) …….108.5 (19) ……………….13.5
Rushing Yards / Play……………….. 4.98 (6)……….4.82 (7)…………………. 0.16
Passing Yards / Game………………289.0 (8)……..280.5 (10)………………..8.5
Passing Yards / Play…………………7.05 (16) ………10.39 (2)………………-3.34
Interception Rate……………………. 0.0% (1t)……..0.0% (1t)………….. 0.00%
Sacks / Pass Attempt……………… 4.9% (14)…….11.1% (28)………… -6.23%
First Downs / Game…………………23.0 (7t)………17.5 (26)…………………..5.5
Punt Return Avg……………………… 8.3 (17)………..7.5 (19)…………………….0.8
Kickoff Return Avg…………………..21.5 (14)……….13.0 (20)………………….8.5
Field Goals Made……………………..75% (22t)…….100% (1t)………..-25.00%
3rd Down Pct………………………….. 30.8% (31)….. 38.1% (20)…………-7.33%
4th Down Pct………………………….. 100% (1t)…….0% (22t)………..100.00%
Red Zone Pct………………………….. 80% (7t)……..80% (7t)…………… 0.00%
Goal to Go%…………………………… 100% (1t)…….100% (1t)………….. 0.00%
Avg Possession Time………………..29:12 (21)……..22:29 (32)…………………….
Points / Game…………………………28.5 (11)……….29.0 (9)………………….-0.5
DEFENSE …………………..MIN (RK)…SEA (RK)……….Diff
Yards / Game………………………….. 420.0 (28)……434.0 (30)……………….-14
Yards / Play……………………………. 6.56 (26)…….. 5.64 (15)………………..0.92
Rushing Yards / Game…………….. 126.0 (21t)……162.5 (31)……………..-36.5
Rushing Yards / Play……………….. 4.42 (18)………4.64 (23)………………-0.22
Passing Yards / Game………………294.0 (26)……271.5 (22)……………….22.5
Passing Yards / Play………………… 9.33 (28) ……..6.96 (15)………………..2.37
Interception Rate……………………. 3.2% (10)……..0.0% (26t)………….3.17%
Sacks / Pass Attempt……………… 12.7% (2)……..7.7% (10) …………… 5.01%
First Downs / Game…………………20.5 (14t) …….28.0 (32)…………………-7.5
Punt Return Avg……………………… 9.0 (16t) ………9.8 (20)………………….-0.8
Kickoff Return Avg………………….. 15.3 (6)………..17.6 (10) ………………….-2.3
3rd Down Pct…………………………..26.1% (2)……..40.7% (17) ………-14.65%
4th Down Pct…………………………..75% (26)……..0.0% (1t)…………75.00%
Red Zone Pct…………………………..71.4% (20t)……40% (6t) …………..31.43%
Goal to Go%……………………………75% (15t)…….66.7% (12t)………..8.33%
Points / Game………………………… 30.5 (27) ……..24.5 (16)……………………..6

VIKINGS VS. SEAHAWKS ALL-TIME
Won 5, Lost 13; Tie: 0; Home 3-2, Away 2-8

VIKINGS VS. SEAHAWKS ALL-TIME
1976 …………………………………………………………………………..Minnesota ……………………………………………………… Minnesota 27-21
1978 ………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle …………………………………………………………..Seattle 29-28
1984…………………………………………………………………………..Minnesota ………………………………………………………….. Seattle 20-12
1987 ………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle ……………………………………………………………Seattle 28-17
1990………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle ………………………………………………………Minnesota 24-21
1996………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle …………………………………………………………..Seattle 42-23
2002……………………………………………………………………………….Seattle …………………………………………………………. Seattle 48-23
2003………………………………………………………………………….Minnesota ………………………………………………………. Minnesota 34-7
2004………………………………………………………………………….Minnesota ………………………………………………………….. Seattle 27-23
2006……………………………………………………………………………….Seattle ……………………………………………………….Minnesota 31-13
2009………………………………………………………………………….Minnesota ……………………………………………………….Minnesota 35-9
2012………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle …………………………………………………………. Seattle 30-20
2013………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle …………………………………………………………..Seattle 41-20
2015…………………………………………………………………………Minnesota* …………………………………………………………….Seattle 38-7
2015………………………………………………………………………Minnesota*# ……………………………………………………………. Seattle 10-9
2018………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle ……………………………………………………………..Seattle 21-7
2019………………………………………………………………………………..Seattle …………………………………………………………..Seattle 37-30
2020……………………………………………………………………………….Seattle ………………………………………………………….. Seattle 27-26

Vikings-Seahawks series notes
• The Vikings host Seattle at U.S. Bank Stadium for the 1st time in the history of the series.

• The Vikings and Seahawks met in the third-coldest game in NFL history on January 10, 2016, a Wild Card matchup that measured at -6 degrees Fahrenheit. The game was played outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The Seahawks won 10-9 in the only playoff game between the two franchises.

• Seattle’s first head coach in franchise history was former Vikings defensive line coach Jack Patera. Patera coached for the Vikings from 1969-75 and for the Seahawks from 1976-82.

• The first-ever game played in the Metrodome was a 1982 preseason matchup with Seattle.

• Pete Carroll coached for the Vikings from 1985-89

Vikings-Seahawks series by the numbers
Record vs. Seahawks…………………………………………………………………… 5-13
Last regular season game…………………………..Seahawks 27, Vikings 26 (2020)
Vikings largest winning margin ………………………………….27; Vikings 34, Seahawks 7 (2003)
Seahawks largest winning margin…………………………..31; Seahawks 38, Vikings 7 (2015)
Current series streak………………………………………………………..Seahawks 6
Vikings longest win streak……………………………………………..2 (2006-09)
Seahawks longest win streak ………………………………… 6 (2012-present)
Most Points, Vikings…………………………………………………………..35 (2009)
Most Points, Seahawks………………………………………………………48 (2002)
Most Points, both teams…………………………….71, Seahawks 48, Vikings 23 (2002)
Fewest Points, Vikings…………………………………………………7 (2015, 2018)
Fewest Points, Seahawks…………………………………………………….7 (2003)
Fewest Points, both teams…………………………..19; Seahawks 10, Vikings 9 (2015)