Matt Vensel is in his first year at the Star Tribune after covering the Ravens for the Baltimore Sun for six years. He is a Pittsburgh native and a Penn State grad. Follow him at @mattvensel.


Mark Craig has covered the NFL for 23 years, and the Vikings since 2003 for the Star Tribune. He is one of 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. Follow him at @markcraignfl.


Master Tesfatsion is the Star Tribune’s digital Vikings writer. He is a 2013 graduate of Arizona State and worked for mlb.com before arriving in Minneapolis. Follow him at @masterstrib.


Final gun report: Seattle 41, Vikings 20

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings offense Updated: November 17, 2013 - 6:32 PM

The Vikings are back in the hunt for a top two draft pick.

The Seahawks defeated the Vikings 41-20 at CenturyLink Field on Sunday to fall to 2-8. They’re tied for the second worst record in the NFL with the Texans, Falcons and Buccaneers.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble). He finished 13 of 22 for 129 yards and one touchdown. He had just 15 yards in the second half before he was benched for Matt Cassel, who threw an interception on his first drive. Cassel was 5 of 13 for 78 yards and a touchdown.

Meanwhile, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was 13 of 18 for 230 yards and two touchdowns with a 151.4 quarterback rating. Seahawks running back had 17 carries for 54 yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also scored on a six-yard shovel pass from Wilson.

The Seahawks had allowed 200 rushing yards in two of their last three games, but they contained Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. He had 21 carries for 65 yards.

Records: Vikings 2-8, Seahawks 10-1

Hidden star: Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright had three catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns.

Next up: Green Bay, Nov. 24, at Lambeau Field, noon.

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