• The Vikings' remaining opponents have a .521 winning percentage. The only teams in the NFC playoff hunt who have it tougher are Carolina and Philadelphia.

• Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked what he recalls from his Vikings days. "It's a long ways back, but it really got me my start in the NFL," he said. "I had a stop off in Buffalo that didn't amount to much but the Vikes with Bud [Grant] and Burnsy [Jerry Burns] and the guys, it was a great experience, a great five years."

• Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson is posting a career-best 115.5 passer rating. "He is doing a great job for us," Carroll said. "He's had a great run, and he's a fine player and a fine leader on our team." Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Wilson will present a unique challenge from other QBs: "He's very good, he is different. He has a lot of mobility, a lot of creative plays. They have become a run-first offense so they'll run the ball quite a bit. He throws a great deep ball."

Harrison Smith on the Vikings defense so far: "We're doing some good things but we can help determine ballgames a little bit better. Just have to keep tightening things up and running to the ball and hitting and causing havoc."

• Rochester John Marshall basketball standout Matthew Hurt told Gophers Illustrated that he's taking official visits to Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina but is still deciding if he will take an official visit to Minnesota.

Karl-Anthony Towns has looked like a different player of late. In the Timberwolves' 121-104 victory over Charlotte, he had his second career game with at least 30 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. It stands as only the 20th such game since he entered the NBA.

• It's interesting to note Wolves forward Robert Covington is No. 1 in the NBA in steals per game at 2.25 while the player he was traded for, Jimmy Butler is second at 2.14.