Bring on the Vikes
This couldn’t be a better matchup for the Seahawks at this point in the season, well except for maybe next weeks opponents, the New York Jets.
Matchup: Minnesota vs. Seattle
Venue: CenturyLink Field
Time: 1:05 PM (local)
Date: November 4th, 2012
Weather: High 61. Low 56. Showers are expected
Team Records: Seattle (4-4) Minnesota (5-3)
Standings: Seahawks 3rd NFC West. Vikings 2nd NFC North
With two straight losses coming on the road for the Seahawks, a home game is just what the doctor ordered, and with the way Sidney Rice has been playing the past couple weeks, a game against his former team could finally bring the breakout game the Hawks have been waiting for out of him.
Game notes/How they match up
This game really doesn’t have the appeal of a game of the week style game, but it really could be one of the better match-ups of the weekend.
The Seahawks need a victory as badly as they have all year, and they are playing at home, so the odds are in favor of that happening for them.
The Vikings on the other hand started out a lot hotter than anyone expected them to, and with the combination of Christian Ponder and Percy Harvin, as well as the born again legs of Adrian Peterson, can be a tough team to handle.
The Hawks D hasn’t been as great as they should be the last two weeks, especially in the Detroit game, where the offense showed up finally, but the defense lost the game for us.
What to watch: Seattle
Now that we have seen what he can do when given the chance, will Russell Wilson have a repeat performance of last week?
Zach Miller came up huge finally for the Seahawks too last week, so I am watching for him to get involved in the passing game again.
And of course Marshawn Lynch will be a big part of the offense for the Hawks again this week, and hopefully get back in the end zone to relieve Wilson of some pressure.
But the biggest question of the day will be; can the Hawks defense bounce back against one of the best running backs in the league, not to mention a pretty lethal passing combination in Ponder and Harvin.
What to watch: Minnesota
First and foremost, can Adrian Peterson break the Seahawks defense.
Secondly, if Peterson isn’t doing it, can the Ponder passing game get it done for the Vikes.
The defense will have their hands full with one of the best backs in the league as well running straight at them. It will be their job to stop Lynch if they want to win this game.
No matter how good the passing game looked last week, Marshawn Lynch is our number one option on offense during every series, and if the Vikings can’t stop him, we will be in business.
Seattle O vs. Minnesota D
As mentioned above, Marshawn Lynch will get a ton of touches during this game, and will be the biggest threat for the Vikings D.
But, as also mentioned above, this is the team that Sidney Rice used to play for, and wide receivers with big egos like to play big against their former teams.
Let’s hope that is the case on Sunday.
The debut of Jermaine Kearse will be interesting to watch, as I wonder if he will see very much action with Doug Baldwin expected to play this week.
Minnesota O vs. Seattle D
Biggest thing the Vikings will need to do is try to break the rush defense of the Seahawks.
As hard as this is to believe, the secondary is the weaker of the two defensive groups this year, and the Vikings tough running game will have to do their best if they want to win.
The passing game is no slouch either, and they can, and will, beat you deep with Percy Harvin whenever the opportunities are open, so the Seahawks secondary will have to be on their toes and communicating well to stop this.
This really should be a great game to watch, and regardless of who is on the field, our best defender will always be the 12th man, which should give the young Ponder quite the headache at the line of scrimmage.
The Seahawks are favored by 4.5. The first time they have been the favorite in about a month. I think we got this one, probably as close as the pros are calling it too.