Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.


— Sharrif Floyd said yesterday that he will make his first career start at nose tackle on Sunday with Linval Joseph expected to sit out with a foot injury. The 295-pounder said he is ready for that physical challenge.

— Speaking of injuries, outside linebacker Anthony Barr missed practice.

— Running back Adrian Peterson was named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Month for November, and he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

— No running back has been better in the fourth quarter this season than Peterson. That’s one of Vikings five stats that stand out this week.

— Tight end Rhett Ellison is again showing his value as a blocker.


— After bouncing between the two spots, rookie DeShawn Shead may have finally found his spot as Seattle’s starting right cornerback for now.

— Seahawks center Patrick Lewis had to learn to speak up this season.

— Seahawks corner Richard Sherman has been inspired by Kobe Bryant after growing up in Compton, Calif. and watching him as a kid.


The Vikings changed up their schedule again today. Coach Mike Zimmer will talk before practice, which starts a little later than usual at 11:45 a.m.


Offensive tackles Matt Kalil and T.J. Clemmings are going to have their hands full on Sunday. The Seahawks have one of the NFL’s top pairs of defensive ends. Both Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have recorded 54 total pressures this season, tying them for the most among 4-3 defensive ends, according to Pro Football Focus. Avril is probably looking forward to his matchup with Clemmings. The rookie right tackle got smoked for seven pressures on 32 snaps in pass protection during the win over the Falcons.

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