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The Seattle Seahawks Plunder the Minnesota Vikings

Seahawks Conquer In Impressive Win

In a game the Seattle Seahawks really need to win to keep their playoff hopes off life support, the Hawks sailed their way into Minnesota, burned their ships, and stole their golden child running back’s heart as they went on to an impressive 38-7 win.

I believe this victory marks a major turning point for the Seahawks.  They have indeed found themselves.  It might be too late to win the division but if they can continue to win in this fashion, they’ll make the playoffs and be a tough customer for any playoff team they face.

Here are my takeaways from this most impressive Seahawks victory.

Offensive Guns Blazing

Lockett might be on his way to the NFL Rookie of the Year award. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Lockett might be on his way to the NFL Rookie of the Year award. (Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)

Given the Seahawks are now without the services of Marshawn Lynch, Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson, I’m not sure anyone expected the kind of offensive show the Seahawks put on display in Minnesota.  The Seahawks just put a good old fashioned butt whoopin’ on the Vikings defense.

In the first half, the Seahawks offense put up 235 total yards.  Russell Wilson threw for 158 yards and a combination of Thomas Rawls and Wilson put up 77 yards rushing.   The Seahawks led at the half 21-0 in large part by dominating time of possession.   The Hawks held the ball for nearly 18 minutes of the first half.

The stars of the offense included Tyler Lockett who opened the game with a huge kickoff return that set up the Seahawks first score.  Lockett had a great day catching the ball in the offense as well with 7 catches and 90 yards.  His teammate, Doug Baldwin, had another five catches, two touchdowns and 94 yards.

Russell Wilson played another brilliant game and finished 21/27 passing with 274 yards, three TDs, and one rushing TD before giving way to mop up man Tarvaris Jackson.  Wilson had some amazing runs and scrambles in this game that even exceeded his normal Houdini-like antics. 

Also on display offensively was Thomas Rawls… again.  He finished with a touchdown and over 100 yards rushing on 19 carries.  The rookie has been brilliant filling in for Lynch the past several weeks.

Bennett smashed Bridgewater repeatedly all morning. (Photo: msn.foxsports,com)

Bennett smashed Bridgewater repeatedly all morning. (Photo: msn.foxsports,com)

Defense, Defense, Defense

I said, quite emphatically, in my preview column of this game, that the way to beat the Vikings was to take away their star running back, Adrian Peterson.  The theory is that without Peterson, Teddy Bridgewater would have to throw the ball more often.  Nothing good has happened for the Vikings when Bridgewater throws more often than he wants to.

Peterson finished with just 18 yards rushing on just eight carries.  That defensive dominance of Peterson forced Bridgewater into throwing.  Bridgewater’s numbers were 13/21 passing for 86 yards and an interception.  I think you can call those numbers, “nothing good”.

The Seahawks defense was absolutely suffocating the Vikings.  I mentioned already Peterson finishing with 18 yards but the Vikings as a team had just 31 yards.  The dominance by the defense allowed the Seahawks to possess the ball for 35:10 vs the Vikings 24:50.

Problems

As good as the Seahawks played there were a just a few problems worth mentioning for Seattle.  The Hawks committed far too many penalties in this game, nine of them for 65 yards.  The penalties are something that has creeped up on Seattle over the past several weeks.  They need to get them back in check.

Jermaine Kearse still is far too inconsistent for my taste.  He dropped a pass and missed a special teams tackle that led to a Vikings kickoff return for touchdown.

Kearse finished with zero catches, something that should never happened to a starting wide receiver when his offense is dominating the way that the Seahawks did today.

Kearse has played well in brief flashes but the performances like today are the ones that happen more often and make me question why he’s still out there.

Looking Ahead

The Seahawks road show continues as they head to Baltimore face the Joe Flacco-less Ravens.  The Ravens situation at QB is very interesting.  Thanks to an injury of Matt Schaub this week, it’s possible the Ravens will be starting Jimmy Clausen.

The Seahawks already faced Clausen earlier this year, when he played with the Bears.  How weird would that be?  I can’t think of a time a team faced the same quarterback twice, but on two different teams and within the same season.

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