MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings are two touchdown underdogs in Seattle against the 9-1 Seahawks Sunday. As fate would have it, the game will mark the Seattle debut for the former dynamic wide receiver for the Vikings, Percy Harvin.
How do you game plan to stop a game-breaking receiver when your most recent film on him is of him playing for your own team?
“I hadn’t thought about it that way,” head coach Leslie Frazier said. “Saw him every day at practice and we have a pretty good feel for him, but that’ll be interesting to have to go back to look at tape of us to prepare for him and I hadn’t really thought of that.”
Cornerback Josh Robinson will be the guy on Harvin, covering him in the slot.
“It’s difficult in the sense of getting a feel for how they’re going to use him, but we know all his capabilities,” Robinson said. “It’s really just making sure everyone is assignment sound. I think that’s the most important thing.”
The Vikings are very aware of what Harvin is capable of. Nine games into last year, he was an MVP candidate, leading the NFL in total yards, when he injured his ankle playing for the Vikings against the Seahawks. He never played for the Minnesota again. Hasn’t played a game anywhere in more than a year.
“He’s a very good player. They’ve got a good team, so we’re going to have to really play the best game we can possibly play for a chance to be successful,” Frazier said.
Meanwhile, Robinson can’t wait to face his former teammate.
“Oh yeah, man, because you practice against this guy, but you’ve never gone full-contact, live, and it’s exciting,” Robinson said. “Especially when you consider him to be one of the best at what he do, so I can’t wait, just the opportunity to face him and give it our best and try to get that win.”