The Call: Vikings vs. Seattle

  • Updated: November 3, 2012 - 6:43 PM

One man's prediction: Sure looks like a ground-and-pound cage match on paper. And that means the game will probably turn into a shootout. Right now, the Vikings offense needs a lot more from its passing game -- and it's hard to see it getting it against a top-five defense in a raucous road venue. Seattle is unbeaten at home. Seattle 23, Vikings 16

Up in the air

Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are the headliners, with both likely to see a heavy workload. But the final result may hinge on which young QB settles in quicker. For the Vikings, Christian Ponder is hoping to rebound after an October slump in which he committed eight turnovers and was sacked 11 times. Seattle's defense (11 takeaways, 21 sacks) will further test Ponder's resilience. Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson, meanwhile, is another poised, dual-threat rookie looking to mirror the success Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III had against the Vikings.

 

We meet again

Fifteen months after departing the Twin Cities, Sidney Rice seems to be coming on strong for Seattle. Rice's 46-yard TD grab with 1:18 left beat the Patriots in Week 6. Last Sunday, he had a season-best six catches for 55 yards. Hip and shoulder injuries plus concussion issues cost Rice 17 games in 2009 and 2010. Now he's feeling spry. "The best I've felt in a while," he said. Seattle doesn't take many shots in the passing game. But when it does, Rice is the top target. Said coach Pete Carroll: "We're seeing him at full-tilt, and it's great."

 

A short cut?

Seattle's vaunted defense may have at least some vulnerability against shorter passes. Last week, Detroit's Titus Young darted around for nine catches, 100 yards and two touchdowns. And last we checked, Percy Harvin was consistently more explosive than Young. With as big and physical as Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are, Harvin's ability to move around and be slippery underneath could give the Vikings a needed edge.

1,532 Rushing yards gained by running backs Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch through the season's first eight weeks. Peterson (775) and Lynch (757) are the rushing leaders in the NFL right now and have combined for seven touchdowns.

Chris Clemons, Seahawks: Clemons, with seven sacks this year and 29 in his 40 games with the Seahawks, energizes Seattle's aggressive defensive front. He might give Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil all he can handle.

MANO-A-MANO

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson vs. Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman

About Simpson (left)

Still struggling to get on track. Has just seven catches, 95 yards and zero touchdowns in four games.

 

About Sherman

Second-year standout has three interceptions and 11 passes defensed this season.

 

Who has the edge?

You can bet the farm that this matchup will produce the most trash talk. Sherman's physicality and fluidity in coverage, however, seems to outweigh Simpson's speed.

 

Advantage: Sherman

 

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Kansas City 1 Top 6th Inning
San Francisco 0
Detroit 10/26/14 8:30 AM
Atlanta
Buffalo 10/26/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
St. Louis 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
Houston 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tennessee
Minnesota 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Seattle 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Baltimore 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Miami 10/26/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Chicago 10/26/14 12:00 PM
New England
Philadelphia 10/26/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Oakland 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Cleveland
Indianapolis 10/26/14 3:25 PM
Pittsburgh
Green Bay 10/26/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Washington 10/27/14 7:30 PM
Dallas
New Orleans 10/30/14 7:25 PM
Carolina
Dallas 117 FINAL
Orlando 92
New York 70 4th Qtr 5:52
Toronto 68
San Antonio 50 3rd Qtr 2:45
Houston 68
Miami 69 3rd Qtr 4:41
Memphis 61
Minnesota 81 3rd Qtr 0:05
Chicago 91
Phoenix 30 2nd Qtr 8:48
Utah 38
Sacramento 9:00 PM
LA Lakers
Denver 9:30 PM
Golden State
Portland 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Dallas 2 3rd Prd 8:47
New Jersey 2
Tampa Bay 4 3rd Prd
Winnipeg 1
Vancouver 2 1st Prd 2:16
Colorado 1
Carolina 0 1st Prd 18:40
Edmonton 0
Columbus 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Connecticut 21 FINAL
(18) East Carolina 31
Miami-Florida 30 FINAL
Virginia Tech 6
So Florida 3 4th Qtr 14:56
Cincinnati 27
Troy 6 3rd Qtr 7:57
South Alabama 17
BYU 0 1st Qtr 0:45
Boise State 10
(6) Oregon 9:00 PM
California
North Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Rice
UAB 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Arkansas
Rutgers 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
Maryland 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Wisconsin
Texas 10/25/14 11:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
Minnesota 10/25/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
Memphis 10/25/14 11:00 AM
SMU
North Carolina 10/25/14 11:30 AM
Virginia
San Jose St 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Navy
Northern Ill 10/25/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
(25) UCLA 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Akron 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Ball State
Massachusetts 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Toledo
Ohio U 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Western Mich
Ga Southern 10/25/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Kent State 10/25/14 1:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
Oregon State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Stanford
Fla Atlantic 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(23) Marshall
Louisiana Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(1) Miss State 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Georgia Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Pittsburgh
(22) West Virginia 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Texas Tech 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(10) TCU
Michigan 10/25/14 2:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Boston College 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Central Mich 10/25/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Vanderbilt 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Missouri
Old Dominion 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Western Ky
UNLV 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Utah State
Temple 10/25/14 4:00 PM
UCF
(15) Arizona 10/25/14 5:00 PM
Washington St
Texas-El Paso 10/25/14 6:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Wyoming 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Colorado State
Syracuse 10/25/14 6:00 PM
(21) Clemson
Texas State 10/25/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(3) Ole Miss 10/25/14 6:15 PM
(24) LSU
(4) Alabama 10/25/14 6:30 PM
Tennessee
So Carolina 10/25/14 6:30 PM
(5) Auburn
(13) Ohio State 10/25/14 7:00 PM
Penn State
(20) USC 10/25/14 9:00 PM
(19) Utah
(14) Arizona State 10/25/14 9:45 PM
Washington
Nevada 10/25/14 10:59 PM
Hawaii
(2) Florida State 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Louisville
Troy 10/30/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
Cincinnati 10/31/14 7:00 PM
Tulane
Tulsa 10/31/14 7:00 PM
Memphis
Purdue 11/1/14 2:00 AM
(16) Nebraska
(17) Oklahoma 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Iowa State
Oklahoma State 11/1/14 2:00 AM
(11) Kansas State
(10) TCU 11/1/14 2:00 AM
(22) West Virginia
Texas 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Texas Tech
Northwestern 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Iowa
Maryland 11/1/14 2:00 AM
Penn State
Houston 1 2nd Half 30:00
Chicago 0
Montreal 23 FINAL
Ottawa 17
Saskatchewan 0 14:55
Calgary 0
Hamilton 10/25/14 3:00 PM
Toronto
Brt Columbia 10/25/14 6:00 PM
Winnipeg
Hamilton 10/31/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Winnipeg 11/1/14 3:00 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 11/1/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Toronto 11/2/14 11:00 AM
Montreal
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who wins and loses in football this weekend?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close