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Fast Facts: Seahawks’ defensive struggles continue in 30-17 loss to Vikings

Sep 26, 2021, 4:31 PM | Updated: 5:52 pm
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings catches the ball for a first down and is tackled by Tre Flowers #21 of the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) 
              Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) heads to the end zone for a touchdown past Minnesota Vikings free safety Xavier Woods (23) in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
            
              Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, left, prepares to throw against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
            
              Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) celebrates touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks with wide receiver Dede Westbrook (12) in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
            
              Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) scores a touchdown on a catch in front of Seattle Seahawks strong safety Quandre Diggs (6) in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
            
              Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs against the Minnesota Vikings in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
            MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks chases Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings out of bounds during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: D.J. Reid #2 of the Seattle Seahawks breaks up a pass intended for Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Alexander Mattison #25 of the Minnesota Vikings runs for a first down during the second quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jason Myers #5 of the Seattle Seahawks after missing a field goal during the second quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Penny Hart #19 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball during the second quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Minnesota Vikings offense lines up against the Seattle Seahawks defense during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings throws for a first down during the second quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates a catch for a first down as Jordyn Brooks #56 of the Seattle Seahawks looks on during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings dives passed Tre Flowers #21 and D.J. Reid #2 of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball for a touchdown during the second quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Freddie Swain #18 of the Seattle Seahawks tackled by Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks catches the ball during the second quarter in the game against the Los Angeles Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks on the sidelines during the second quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with Ugo Amadi #28 during the second quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Alexander Mattison #25 of the Minnesota Vikings runs the ball during the second quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks scores a touchdown during the second quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws the ball to DK Metcalf #14 (not pictured) for a touchdown in the first quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball after a catch during the first quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after throwing for a touchdown during the first quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to throw the ball during the first quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: DK Metcalf #14 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Penny Hart #19 and Russell Wilson #3 after catching the ball for a touchdown during the first quarter in the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Chris Carson #32 of the Seattle Seahawks is tackled by Anthony Barr #55 and Mackensie Alexander #24 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tyler Lockett #16 of the Seattle Seahawks catches the ball and is tackled by Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Tyler Conklin #83 and Adam Thielen #19 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrate a touchdown during the first quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: A view of the stadium and field before the game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Jamal Adams #33 of the Seattle Seahawks chases Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings out of bounds during the second quarter in the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Kirk Cousins #8 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after throwing a touchdown to Justin Jefferson #18 (not pictured) during the second quarter in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - SEPTEMBER 26: Head coach Mike Zimmer of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the first half in the game against the Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 26, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

The Seahawks’ season has not started like they were hoping for.

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Seattle fell to 2-1 with a 30-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings (1-2), as the defense struggled to stop QB Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota offense while the Seahawks’ own offense couldn’t build on a fast start.

Making matters worse for the Seahawks is that injuries piled throughout the game, though the big story was both a secondary that allowed Cousins to throw for 323 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions, and a rush defense that gave up 112 yards to second-string running back Alexander Mattison with Dalvin Cook injured for the game.

Here’s a quick look at the Seahawks’ loss.

Key moments and game recap

First half

After two weeks of less-than-expected production from DK Metcalf, the Seahawks got the talented third-year wide receiver involved right away. He had three receptions on the first possession of the game alone for 55 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown.

Seattle’s defensive struggles from a week ago continued out of the gate, however, and the Vikings didn’t even face third down once on a seven-play, 70-yard drive capped off by a Tyler Conklin 9-yard touchdown pass from Kirk Cousins.

The Seahawks then moved into a two-score lead thanks to a 53-yard Jason Myers field goal and 30-yard Chris Carson run to paydirt.

The lead wouldn’t make it to halftime, however. Minnesota responded with a pair of easy touchdown drives, with Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson both hauling scoring passes from Cousins, to take a 21-17 lead advantage into the break. Making matters worse for the Seahawks was Myers missing a 44-yard field goal in between those two Vikings TDs. It ended Myers’ streak of consecutive field goals made at 37.

Second half

Minnesota threatened to score a touchdown on a third straight possession, but Seahawks defensive end Darrell Taylor got to Cousins for a sack that knocked the ball loose on third-and-11, though Cousins was able to fall on it. Greg Joseph then connected on a 43-yard field goal for the Vikings to make it 24-17. Joseph added two more field goals in the fourth quarter to make it 30-17 with 4:31 to go.

Wilson heaved a shot at receiver Penny Hart in the end zone on fourth down from Vikings territory with 2:36 left, but it fell incomplete. There is an argument to be made that the Vikings committed pass interference on the play, however.

Minnesota was able to keep possession through the two-minute warning and punted back to Seattle with just 30 second remaining, leaving the Hawks no time to come back from two scores down.

Seahawks injuries

Defensive lineman Kerry Hyder Jr. came out the game in the second quarter to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

Carson grabbed his hamstring in the third quarter and came out of the game, but he returned shortly after.

Second-year linebacker Jordyn Brooks was carted off the field early in the fourth quarter due to cramping.

Lockett twisted his knee in the fourth, and while it was a scary scene as Seahawks players kneeled around him, he was able to walk to the bench under his own power and return later in the quarter.

What’s next

The 1-2 Seahawks have a tough road ahead over the next couple weeks. They face the 49ers next Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1:05 p.m. (coverage starts at 10 a.m. with the pregame show on both 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM), then have their Thursday night contest with the Rams just four days later.

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