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: Seahawks 30, Vikings 20

Posted by: under Quarterbacks, Vikings, Lions, Vikings defense, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin Updated: November 4, 2012 - 6:07 PM

Postgame snapshot from CenturyLink Field in Seattle where the Seahawks beat the Vikings 30-20.

Good news: Adrian Peterson’s comeback story continues to pick up steam. Peterson busted off a 74-yard run on the second play of the game. It was the second longest run of his career and he scored the first of his two touchdowns two snaps after that. Against a Seattle rushing defense that came into the day ranked fifth overall, allowing 84.9 yards per game, Peterson had 144 yards on 122 carries in the first half alone. He finished with 182 yards and now has 957 rushing yards for the season to go along with 150 receiving yards.

Bad news: The Vikings defense continues to have difficulty stopping rookie quarterbacks and continued having struggles stopping the run. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson became the third rookie signal caller to beat the Vikings this season. Wilson completed 15 of 23 passes for 167 yards and had three touchdown passes. He didn’t turn the ball over, rushed for 29 yards and was sacked only once. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch meanwhile rushed for 124 yards on 26 carries, becoming the fourth player in as many weeks to top 100 yards rushing against the Vikings. Lynch scored a 3-yard TD in the third quarters as well. Oh, and the worries about the Vikings feeble passing attack just hit code red after Christian Ponder went 11-for-22 for just 63 yards with an interception.

Extra point: Percy Harvin came into the game dealing with soreness in his right hamstring and seemed to aggravate that injury on his first reception of the second half. He missed some time as he stretched the hamstring out, then returned to action and suffered what appeared to be a serious injury to his left ankle on his next carry. But again, Harvin fought through the injuries and stayed in the game. Harvin finished the day with two catches for 10 yards and four rushes for 24 yards.

Next up: The Vikings will host Detroit in Week 10 in their final game before the bye. The Lions delivered a 31-14 road blowout of Jacksonville on Sunday. In the first match-up with Detroit this season, the Vikings won 21-14 at Ford Field thanks to a pair of special teams touchdowns.

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