SEATTLE — The Seattle Seahawks will look to improve to 5-0 for the first time in franchise history when they take on the 1-3 Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on Sunday Night Football .
The only other time the Seahawks started 4-0 was in 2013 when they went on to win Super Bowl XLVIII. They fell just short of a 5-0 start with a 34-28 loss on the road to Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.
Coming to Seattle on Sunday is a Vikings team that entered the season with high expectations, but struggled out of the gates on their way to a 0-3 start. The Vikings rebounded last Sunday with a road win against the Houston Texans behind a 130 yard, two touchdown performance by running back Dalvin Cook.
There’s no running back in the NFL playing better than Cook right now. The former second-round pick out of Florida State University has 311 rushing yards over his last two games and leads the league in rushing.
One reason for the Vikings slow start has been poor play by quarterback Kirk Cousins. The nine-year pro ranks second to last in the NFL with six interceptions this season.
The Vikings typically-stout defense has also struggled mightily through four games. They rank 26th in the league giving up an average of 31.3 points per game and 29th in the league giving up an average of 426.5 yards per game.
That could be bad news on Sunday when they take on Russell Wilson who has thrown 16 touchdowns in four games – tying Peyton Manning’s record in 2013.
While the Seahawks have no doubt had defensive struggles of their own, they were much better against the Dolphins last week. Ryan Neal stepped up in place of Jamal Adams, Shaquill Griffin showed why he was a Pro Bowler last year and K.J. Wright had one of his best games we’ve seen in a while.
The Seahawks were able to limit the Dolphins success in the red zone, force turnovers and play strong run defense on their way to a 31-23 win. If they can do that again this week, they’ll head into the bye week undefeated.
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