I think Seattle is the best overall team in the NFL, and this would be a
wonderful upset if the Vikings can pull it off.
To wit: Seattle’s QB RUSSELL WILSON is rock-star good and improving, Its “NASCAR Package” of DL and the rotation is the best I have seen in the NFL. The Seahawks run, screen, run the QB, pass deep and find routes to winning games despite playing mediocre at best (at St. Louis/Tampa).
The Seahawks for the most part have not been a quick-starting team, so I
expect the game to be quality into the third quarter. After that is when it
becomes tricky against these Seahawks because they wear down teams, create a slew of second-half turnovers and fluster QBs.
Tough clichéd nut to crack, no doubt. Here are some tidbits from the game-calling depth chart I hope to include:
  • At 9-and-1 Seattle is off to its best start in franchise lore. It has won 16 of the last 18 regular-season games. The Seahawks have won 12 consecutive at home and by an average of nearly 18 PPG.
  • Seattle’s 31 sacks are fifth most in the NFL.
  • QBs have a passer rating of 70.4 versus Seattle, second worst in the NFL behind only K.C.
  • Seattle allows 111 RYPG and permitted TB’s MIKE JAMES (158) and STL’s ZAC STACY (134) to run wild.
  • Seattle is plus seven in the take-give, has at least one take in six consecutive and is 6-and-0 this year when winning the turnover battle
    picks in 36 games. He started as a WR at Stanford and roomed with TOBY GERHART.
  • Offseason signee CLIFF AVRIL, who spent five years with Detroit, is part of that DL “NASCAR Package.” He only has 13 tackles this year but 5 ½ sacks, which would lead the Vikings.
  • Former Bucs DE MICHAEL BENNETT, too, is a reserve DE for Seattle and has 6 ½ sacks.
  • S EARL THOMAS leads the team in tackles and has four INT. He has been part of six turnovers (two FF).
  • The Vikings top four CBs
    (COOK, ROBINSON, SHERELS and RHODES) have a combined two INTs during their careers.
  • The Vikings have eight passing TDs this year and have allowed 21.
  • PONDER’S worst game as a pro was at Seattle last season when he threw for 63 yards, zero TDs a pick and finished with a passer rating of 37.
  • ADRIAN ran for 182 and two TDs at Seattle last year.
  • Adrian has three 200-yard games during his career and BEAST MODE has none.
  • The Vikings allowed a season-high 191 rushing yards against the Redskins.
  • PERCY: four years with Minnesota. R.O.Y. in 2009. Five KR TDs. Most rec. yards in a game came in 2011 against Denver (156) and from Ponder. Longest catch was a 53-yard TD at Chicago. He amassed four rushing TDs with the Vikings. He was traded to Seattle March 12, 2013 for a first- and seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft and a third-rounder next draft. His last TD with us came Oct. 25 of last season versus Tampa. His last game with us was Nov. 4 that same season at Seattle.
  • Seattle K STEVEN HAUSCHKA spent 2008 TC with Minnesota. He is 22 of 23 this year and has hit 13 consecutive FGs. He is 6 of 12 from 50 and beyond.
  • Wilson ran for 102 yards earlier this year at Indy. Since he beat the Vikings last season, his rookie year, he is 16-and-2 with 33 TDs and eight INTs. He never is 12-and-0 at home with 24 TDs and six INTs.
  • MARSHAWN LYNCH went for 124  yards and a TD versus MN. Last season. His career best rushing is 153 yards in 2007 against Cincy when he was with Buffalo.
  • MARCUS SHERELS (16.3 PR avg.) and CORDARRELLE PATTERSON (35.2 KR avg.) lead the NFL in return average. The Vikings never have had a season with players/player leading both punt and kick return.
  • Seattle runs for 153.4 YPG,  second best in the league.
  • WR GOLDEN TATE scored two TDs against us last year.
  • KEVIN WILLIAMS had 2 ½ sacks versus Washington, his first multi-sack game since 2009.
  • DL EVERSON GRIFFEN has sacks in two consecutive games.
  • The Vikings have one INT the last five games.