Winners and Losers of Week 3 vs the Seahawks

Updated: Oct 6, 2021

The Vikings won in an outstanding 30-17 game against the Seattle Seahawks, which moves them to an 1-2 record in the 2021 regular season. These lists are in no particular order as well just listed.

5 Winners of Sundays game

1. Kirk Cousins:

Wow, just wow. This could be Kirk's best game since arriving in purple in 2018. This is the Kirk the Vikings have been paying for, these past 3 weeks he has been incredible. Kirk threw for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns, completing 30 of his 38 passes with no turnovers. Kirk had an incredible throw on third down, backpedaling and taking a hit from a defender basically ceiling the game with converting for a first tp K.J. Osborn. At this rate, Kirk could be in the MVP race convo in a few weeks.

2. Alexander Mattison:

It is tough to be confident when your Star RB is out for the game...but Mattison showed us why we should think otherwise. Mattison touched the ball 32 times where he combined for a total of 171 yards. The Vikings did not look to skip a beat without Dalvin Cook in the backfield thanks to the hard running of Alexander Mattison and the fantastic blocking.

3. Justin Jefferson:

JJ started the season a little slow for his expectation of play, but in his first game with a packed stadium of screaming Vikings fans, he did not disappoint. JJ caught 9 passes on 11 targets for 118 yards and a touchdown. He now ranks 11th in the NFL in receiving yards with 254 yards. JJ played a big role in moving the ball down the field and overall defeating the Seattle Seahawks.

4. Vikings OLine:

For the second straight week, I can sit back and feel good about the Vikings Offensive Line after their horrendous Week 1 performance. This week they made the list, simply because of how they did in the circumstances they were under. The Vikings Offensive Line paved the way for 140 yards on the grown, averaging 4.1 yards per carry, as well as only giving up 1 sack all game. Not only were they good in run blocking for a backup running back, but they also played a big part in the fantastic in screen game. The Seahawks have far from an ELITE defensive line so the real test will be next week's game against Myles Garrett and the Browns.

5. Tyler Conklin:

Conklin had a nice game showing a slight breakout taking over for injured, Vikings tight end Irv Smith Jr. He caught 7 passes on 8 targets for 70 yards a touchdown. Conklin showed the Vikings that he could be a solid target for the team when needing a secured chunk yard.

HM: Adam Thielen, Everson Griffen, Danielle Hunter, Eric Kendricks, Harrison Smith, and Klint Kubiak

Losers of Sundays game

1. Vikings First-Half Secondary:

I guess we can be grateful that it only says the first half for this loser pick... In the first half, the Vikings were getting picked apart by Russell Wilson and D.K. Metcalf. It wasn't just that they're an ELITE duo, it's the fact we were just getting burned. Metcalf left Pat P and Bashaud Breeland in his dust in the same drive early in the first quarter leading to a touchdown.

2. Vikings First-Half DLine:

This is an issue that just cannot happen. The Vikings brought in Dalvin Tomlinson and got Michael Pierce after he opted out this season. With that much beef in the middle of the defensive line, there is no reason why running backs should be gaining big chunks of yardage against us, we saw it in Week 1 with Joe Mixon and Sunday with Chris Carson. The Vikings need to improve on stopping the run especially facing Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt in Week 4 against the Browns.

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