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Seahawks Playoff Party Will Be Piercing, Polar Cold

Do The Vikings Even Have A Chance?

The Seattle Seahawks advanced to the playoffs in the 2015-6 NFL season as the number six, and last seeded team in the NFC.  Does that seeding system automatically mean the Seahawks are the most likely to lose their playoff game this weekend?

Hardly.

The Seahawks will face off against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card match up, a team that they simply destroyed on the same field just four games ago.  All it means is that the Seahawks already have a proven battle plan to take the Vikings out of the playoff race early with another decisive victory in Minnesota.

Here’s what I’ll be watching for this Sunday.

Russell Wilson Third Round

It gets cold in Wisconsin too.  This is nothing new for Wilson.

The Cold

Much has been made of the weather the Seahawks will be playing in on Sunday.  The forecast calls for temperatures and wind chills well below zero degrees.  Some have even noted that the Seahawks, under Pete Carroll, have an 0-2 record playing in the cold.

I really can’t take the claim that cold weather is going to take the punch out of the Seattle Seahawks seriously.  This is the Vikings first outdoor game featuring these kind of temperatures in nearly 40 years. After playing in the Metrodome for so long, how are Vikings fans seriously thinking that their team is somehow more adapted to the cold?

One other thing to consider is that Russell Wilson played his last year in college for Wisconsin.  They deal with the same kind of cold that Minnesota does. 

If anything, Seattle is more adapted to the cold than Minnesota.  Yes, I realize that it never gets this cold in Seattle but the Seahawks do play outside eight times a year and many of the games feature cold and wet conditions.  The weather might be a factor in the game, but it certainly does not favor either team in any way.

The Injuries

The Seahawks have been a bit banged up towards the end of the year.  The good news is that it’s probable that Seattle will have virtually every injured player back for this game.  The guys that have been banged up that should play are Kam Chancellor, Tyler Lockett, Michael Bennett, Russell Okung, J.R. Sweezy, Jeremy Lane and Jordan Hill.

This team needs Marshawn Lynch to earn more touches. (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Heee’s Baaack! (Photo: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

At this point, the only person I’m concerned might not play is Luke Willson.  The good news here is that Chase Coffman and Cooper Helftet did an excellent job filling in for Willson who is still dealing with a concussion.

The Game Plan

I mentioned at the top that the Seahawks already have the game plan that makes the Vikings look hapless.  The plan really boils down to one guy, Teddy Bridgewater.  I said the same thing before Seattle faced off against the Vikings last time.

If you can take away Adrian Peterson, you force Teddy Bridgewater to throw the ball far more often than he wants to.  Nothing good happens for Minnesota when Bridgewater is forced to win the game with his arm.

Look for the Seahawks defense to crash the line to stop Peterson.  They held him to just 18 yards rushing in their first meeting and I expect similar results in the second match.  Bridgewater will then throw the ball more often leading to more mistakes than good things for the Vikings.

The Prediction

I honestly think this game is going to turn into a laugher.  Tarvaris Jackson might play an entire quarter or more.  The Seahawks win easily, 41-10.

*NOTE* Marshawn Lynch did not make the team flight. He is OUT for this game. Late setback at practice according to the Seahawks.

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