NFC Playoffs Shaping Up to Be an Absolute War After Seahawks Edge Vikings

The Seahawks took over first place in NFC West and the second overall seed with the 37-30 win

NFC Playoffs Shaping Up to Be an Absolute War After Seahawks Edge Vikings
Jarran Reed of the Seattle Seahawks and Jadeveon Clowney. (Alika Jenner/Getty)
By Evan Bleier / December 3, 2019 9:23 am

With MVP candidate Russell Wilson and Seattle’s running game leading the way, the Seahawks took over first place in NFC West and the second overall seed in the conference with a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. 

Wilson completed 21-of-31 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns while running backs Rashaad Penny and Chris Carson combined for nearly 200 rushing yards and each scored a touchdown. Prior to last night, the Vikings were giving up just 94 yards per game rushing.

For Minnesota, quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 22-of-38 passes for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The Vikings also lost star running back Dalvin Cook to a shoulder injury in the third quarter which clearly hampered Minnesota’s offense for the rest of the night. With the loss, Cousins is now 0-8 on Monday Night Football, the worst record in NFL history.

Now 10-2 after the win, Seattle has the inside track to hold off the San Francisco 49ers for the division title with four games left and a shot at taking over the top seed in the NFC playoff picture from the New Orleans Saints, who are also 10-2.

With the loss, Minnesota (8-4) fell one game behind Green Bay in the NFC North and are only a game ahead of the 7-5 Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wildcard race and are two games behind the 10-2 49ers.

Elsewhere in the conference, the Dallas Cowboys currently have the last playoff spot by virtue of occupying first place in the NFC East at 6-6. The Eagles, 5-7, can still catch them and the teams do play one another in Week 16.

In the AFC, the Ravens (No. 1), Patriots (No. 2), Texans (No. 3), Chiefs (No. 4), Bills (No. 5) and Steelers (No. 6) are the current playoff teams with the Titans on the outside looking in. They have two division games against the Texans in the next four weeks which will go a long way in determining how the AFC playoff picture shakes out.

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