Rashaad Penny, Seahawks Outlast Vikings On MNF

The Seahawks might be the best team in the NFC, and Penny "has been the difference"

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
December 03, 2019 - 10:13 am
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The Seattle Seahawks’ tightrope walk continued Monday night, as they beat the Minnesota Vikings 37-30. It was Seattle’s ninth win by one possession this season.

Only this time the Seahawks didn’t need a comeback; they needed to hold on.

Indeed, the Seahawks led 34-17 in the fourth quarter, only to see their lead cut to 34-30 with over seven minutes to play. 

“They’re not a team that normally lets up,” KOMO Seattle Sports Director Mike Ferreri said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think today, the human nature when you go up as big as they were, you kind of take your foot off the gas just a little bit. Then here comes the Vikings. They’ve been able to have some comebacks and they were staying right in it – something the Seahawks often do when they come back. For whatever reason, they like to keep things in front of them defensively. Teams can sustain some drives and get down there and score some points and pull closer. They never really blow anybody out of the water.”

But the Seahawks did get their tenth win of the season to maintain their divisional advantage over the San Francisco 49ers (10-2) and slide into the 2-seed in the NFC.

Russell Wilson had another good game for Seattle, throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns, but running back Rashaad Penny stole the show. Penny carried 15 times for 74 yards and a touchdown and caught four balls for 33 yards and a score.

“The big difference has been Rashaad Penny,” Ferreri said. “He changed his nutrition in year two and said he gave up fried foods and McDonald’s, started eating broccoli and chicken, just kind of committing himself more to being a pro – and it took him a while to get here. He had some fumbles in that Niners game, but coaches stuck with him. Then it was last week in Philadelphia where he really just lit it up and had some big runs. You have to have that nice one-two punch. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl, they had Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. Pete Carroll said after the game, ‘Chris Carson is our starter, but if you ask me who’s 1 or 2, I just can’t tell you right now.’”

Carson carried 23 times for 102 yards and a score Monday.

“So the big difference for Penny has been his health, and Carson used to be a finesse runner and now he’s a power runner,” Ferreri said. “Carson is the punisher, while Penny is a guy that, if he finds a hole, he’s off. They may ride this thing all the way to the 2-seed and home-field advantage in the playoffs. We’ll see what the Saints do, of course.”

The Seahawks play their next two games on the road against the Rams (7-5) and Panthers (5-7). Kickoff from Los Angeles is slated for Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET.