By Joseph Gunther
The Minnesota Vikings head back to CenturyLink Field for the second consecutive season to play the Seattle Seahawks.
Last season, the Seahawks won the contest by 10 points. It was also wide receiver Percy Harvin’s last game as a member of the Vikings. The Vikings (2-7) are coming off a home win over the Washington Redskins and the Seahawks (9-1) are coming off a road win at the Atlanta Falcons.
The Seahawks have suffered just one loss on the season. They are a perfect 4-0 at home this season. Those four teams are a combined 11-23 on the season. They have beaten the San Francisco 49ers (the only team above .500), Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home this season. The Seahawks feed off the noise created by their home crowd, which set the record for “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium” in the September win over the 49ers.
Seahawks on Offense
Seattle excels on the ground with the second ranked rushing offense in the league – 153.4 yards per game. The passing offense is 24th in the league with 208.6 yards per game. Overall, the Seahawks are 11th in the league with 362 yards per game.
Running back Marshawn Lynch carries the Seahawks offense. However, when necessary quarterback Russell Wilson throws the ball efficiently and effectively, without putting up huge numbers.
Seahawks on Defense
The Seahawks defense have a good pass defense with the second fewest yards allowed through the air – 178 yards per game. Their ground defense ranks 15th with 111 yards per game. Overall, the Seahawks are third in the league with 289 yards allowed per game.
The Seahawks have a big, physical defense, especially in the secondary. However, one of the really big defensive backs will be out for several games.
Seahawks Players to Watch
Wide receiver Percy Harvin: The 5-foot-11-inch, 184-pound fifth-year veteran is likely to make his Seahawks debut Sunday against his former team. The Vikings acquired three draft picks from the Seahawks for the receiver. He has missed all nine so far this season with a hip injury. It would be fitting that his last game as a Viking and first as a Seahawk would be between the same two teams at the same field.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner: The 6-foot, 241-pound second-year veteran is second on the Seahawks with 72 total tackles. He is emerging as one of the league’s best inside linebackers. He is a bit undersized, but plays much bigger and has the skills and athleticism to play all three linebacker positions.
The Seahawks are undefeated at home while the Vikings are winless on the road this season. This game should be one of the biggest point spreads of the season. The Seahawks are living up to expectations as a Super Bowl contender. The Vikings are greatly underachieving after making the playoffs as a wild card last season. They are two teams going in opposite directions.
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. Joseph is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.