On paper, the Week 5 “Sunday Night Football” game between the Seahawks (4-0) and the Vikings (1-3) looks like a huge mismatch.
Seattle has been led by early MVP front runner Russell Wilson, who has finally been allowed to cook, whipping up a tasty NFL record 16 passing touchdowns through four games. Things have been pretty sweet so far, but the Seahawks’ record might be a little deceiving. The four teams they’ve played combined for a 4-12 record going into Week 5, and the last three games have all been decided by eight or fewer points.
Compare that to the Vikings, whose opponents combined for a 10-1 record heading into this weekend. Barring a Week 2 spanking by the Colts, Minnesota has been competitive with some strong teams. The main issue has been the inconsistency from starting quarterback Kirk Cousins; he’s on pace to have his worst season since becoming a full-time starter in the NFL, with just 883 yards passing (220.8 per game), six TDs and six interceptions, already matching his 15-game mark of six picks in 2019.
Cousins will have some favorable matchups to throw the ball this week though, as the Seahawks have had the worst passing defense in the league. Through four games, they’ve allowed 401 yards per game through the air. Expect to see lots of long balls thrown from both teams.
Seahawks vs. Vikings score
Seahawks vs. Vikings live updates, highlights from ‘Sunday Night Football’
10:00 p.m. — The Seahawks defense is able to force a stop and Seattle gets the ball at its own 40 with 11:37 left in the third quarter.
9:55 p.m. — Another Seattle punt starts off the second half. Minnesota takes over at its own 15-yard line, 13:05 left in the third quarter.
9:35 p.m. — HALF: Vikings 13, Seahawks 0.
9:32 p.m. — Cousin’s pass to Adam Thielen in the back of the end zone is broken up on third down. Bailey hits a 46-yard field goal and the Vikings lead 13-0 with 10 seconds left in the half.
9:29 p.m. — Vikings use their last timeout. They have the ball, second and 7 at the Seattle 28-yard line with 24 seconds remaining in the half.
9:22 p.m. — Seattle goes three and out. Rough night so far for Wilson. Minnesota gets the ball back at its 15-yard line with 1:54 remaining in the half.
9:15 p.m. — Minnesota punts for the first time tonight after a big third and 1 stop by Jarran Reed. Seattle has the ball at its 40-yard line, 3:14 left in the half.
9:10 p.m. — Two drives, two punts for Seattle. Hard to get in a rythm when you barely see the ball. Minnesota gets it back at its 12-yard line, 5:28 left in the half.
9:01 p.m. — Another long drive for the Vikings ends with a 52-yard field goal by Dan Bailey. Minnesota leads 10-0 with 8:33 left in the half.
8:51 p.m. — End of 1Q: Vikings 7, Seahawks 0. Minnesota has the ball, first and 10 at its own 41-yard line.
8:45 p.m. — Seattle stalls out in Minnesota territory. Michael Dickson’s punt is downed by Tyler Ott at the 2-yard line, 3:46 left in the opening quarter.
8:33 p.m. — TOUCHDOWN VIKINGS. A nice lengthy Minnesota drive ends with an 8-yard TD run by Dalvin Cook. Vikings lead 7-0 with 8:48 remaining in the first quarter.
8:25 p.m. — Vikings get the ball to start the game. Looks like typical ugly Seattle weather tonight.
7:30 p.m. — Russell Wilson was rocking a Sue Bird jersey as he arrived to the game. Expect him to throw some dimes tonight.
(Updates will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET)
Packers vs. Saints start time
All “Sunday Night Football” games in 2020 have the same start time of 8:20 p.m. ET. There are Sunday night games scheduled for every week of the season except Week 17, though the NFL has the ability to flex a game into a Week 17 “SNF” window.
‘Sunday Night Football’ schedule 2020
|Week 1||Sept. 10 (Thu.)||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans|
|Sept. 13||Los Angeles Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 2||Sept. 20||Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots|
|Week 3||Sept. 27||New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers|
|Week 4||Oct. 4||San Francisco 49ers vs. Philadelphia Eagles|
|Week 5||Oct. 11||Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings|
|Week 6||Oct. 18||San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Rams|
|Week 7||Oct. 25||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Las Vegas Raiders|
|Week 8||Nov. 1||Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys|
|Week 9||Nov. 8||Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints|
|Week 10||Nov. 15||New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens|
|Week 11||Nov. 22||Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs|
|Week 12||Nov. 29||Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears|
|Week 13||Dec. 6||Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos|
|Week 14||Dec. 13||Buffalo Bills vs. Pittsburgh Steelers|
|Week 15||Dec. 20||Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers|
|Week 16||Dec. 27||Green Bay Packers vs. Tennessee Titans|
|Week 17||Jan. 3||TBD|