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.


Halftime: Seahawks 24, Vikings 13

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings offense Updated: November 17, 2013 - 5:01 PM

The Seahawks have a 24-13 halftime lead over the Vikings at CenturyLink Field. Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin returned a kick 58 yards that led to a touchdown with 10 seconds left before the end of the half.

The good:  Other than a fumble on the opening drive, Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has played well in a tough environment. He’s 9 of 13 for 114 yards and a 38-yard touchdown pass to Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright.

The bad: The Seahawks had -2 yards on offense through first two drives, but the Vikings defense has allowed 203 yards in their last three drives before the half. All three drives ended with touchdowns.

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been limited with 10 carries for 29 yards (23 came on one carry), but he also has two touchdowns.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson went 9-for-12 for 173 yards and one beautiful 19-yard touchdown pass to Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin right before halftime.

The ugly: The offensive line hasn’t protected Ponder, who has been pressured the entire game. He was sacked and fumbled the ball on the first drive of the game and has been hurried consistently by the Seahawks pass rushers.

Seahawks defensive tackle Brandon Mebane’s belly roll celebration wasn’t exactly a pretty sight either.

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