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Instant analysis: Three impressions from the Seahawks’ Week 5 win vs. the Vikings

Instant analysis: Three impressions from the Seahawks’ Week 5 win vs. the Vikings

Three immediate impressions from the Seahawks’ 27-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field:

They’re 5-0

Just another Seahawks Sunday, eh?

There is a lot to dissect from this one, certainly. Russell Wilson threw a fourth-quarter interception … and when was the last time he didn’t come through in the clutch?

Let us cook up an answer for that: Never!

Wilson and the Seahawks appeared done after he was intercepted by Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson with 5:56 left. The Vikings offense then drove to the Seattle 6-yard line and had a chance to put the game away, only for Bobby Wagner and Benson Mayowa to combine on a fourth-and-1 tackle of Alexander Mattison.

That gave Wilson one last chance to go for the win with 1:57 left and 94 yards to go.

The Seahawks got there. Because of course they did.

DK Metcalf came up with a ridiculous 39 yard, jump-ball catch on fourth-and-10 to keep the drive alive. The second-year sensation then dropped a sure touchdown catch in the right front corner of the end zone, only to come back two plays later and make a diving catch across the middle on fourth down — on the winning 6-yard throw from Wilson with 15 seconds left.

At this point, this team has conditioned us to expect this kind of drama every week. How much longer can your heart take this?

Keep away from Russ

Seattle’s offense was spotty, at best, on Sunday night. Chris Carson had just eight carries (for 52 yards and, it should be noted, brilliant 29-yard touchdown run during a dizzying third quarter). DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett each had three catches. Sure, the offense didn’t have the ball long enough to get into much of a rhythm, but it also didn’t

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Instant analysis: Big plays power Raiders to shocking win at Kansas City

Instant analysis: Big plays power Raiders to shocking win at Kansas City

Raiders hanging with Chiefs

Charlie Riedel) / Associated Press

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor, left, celebrates with quarterback Derek Carr after catching a 59-yard touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Kansas City.

The Raiders notched a potentially season-defining win on Sunday, as they went into Kansas City and beat the defending Super Bowl champions, 40-32.

A look at how Las Vegas was able to pull it off:

Offense switches gears

The Raiders employed a more aggressive offensive game plan in the first half than we’ve seen from them all season, and maybe since Jon Gruden took over as head coach before the 2018 season.

Derek Carr lit the fuse with an early 46-yard completion to Henry Ruggs, setting up a field goal for the game’s first score. In the second quarter, Carr stood strong in the pocket and launched a perfect deep strike to Nelson Agholor for a 59-yard touchdown to pull Las Vegas within 14-10. Later in the half, Ruggs got single coverage on a deep post route, and Carr hit him in stride for a 72-yard score.

Aside from the scoring plays, Carr also launched a pair of deep balls to tight end Darren Waller (one resulted in a pass interference, the other in an interception) and attempted to hit fullback Alec Ingold on a wheel route. It was a completely different approach than what we’ve seen from the Gruden-Carr combo over the last three seasons, and it caught the Chiefs completely off guard.

After the first-half fireworks, the Raiders countered and went back to their more familiar, methodical approach. A 13-play, 66 yard drive ended with a 7-yard touchdown run by Josh Jacobs

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Instant Analysis: Countdown to Kickoff FSU @ No 5 Notre Dame

Instant Analysis: Countdown to Kickoff FSU @ No 5 Notre Dame

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

2-0 OVERALL | 1-0 ACC (1st)


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Instant analysis: Auburn beats Arkansas 30-28

Instant analysis: Auburn beats Arkansas 30-28

Auburn eked out a win over Chad Morris’s former team when it beat Arkansas 30-28.

With home field advantage and a weaker opponent than Georgia, Auburn looked much improved to start the game. But as the minutes passed, some of the same issues from the previous weeks revealed themselves again.

After two games where the Tigers defense could not get off the field on third downs, it came out and forced a three-and-out. Through the entire first quarter, it held Arkansas to drives that lasted five plays or less, accumulating three three-and-outs and two sacks.

The weather had a more visible effect on the offense, which had several dropped passes and slips. However, Auburn’s rushers dominated the field, accumulating more rushing yards in the first half (215 yards) than in their last three games combined.

Auburn built an eight-point, 20-12 lead by halftime and led 260 yards to 203 yards.

However, when it came back out, its offensive line struggles became more evident. Auburn built momentum on its first drive, but it was quickly killed when the Razorbacks broke through the offensive line and sacked quarterback Bo Nix twice in a row. Meanwhile, Arkansas’ offense put together a 13-play, 85-yard touchdown drive. A failed two-point conversion saved Auburn from losing its lead.

The Tigers gained a momentum boost when they started the fourth quarter by scoring a touchdown on the first play. But the defense didn’t feed off that momentum and allowed Arkansas to march straight down the field into the red zone. It held the Razorbacks to a field goal on that drive, but allowed them to score on the next drive.

The defense finally tightened up on its last and most important chance. With just a few minutes left and down one point, 27-28, it stifled all of

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