Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Seahawks aren’t using the read-option as much as they have in the past couple years, but they’re making good use of it when they do.
— Veteran linebacker Chad Greenway is the Vikings’ Man of the Year for a third time and offensive tackle Phil Loadholt won the team’s 2015 Ed Block Courage award.
— Bridgewater sees similarities in Atlanta and Seattle’s schemes, but believes the Seahawks are a much more talented team.
— Seattle is 6-5, but has won its last two games and is arguably better than its record indicates. Here’s an early scouting report on the Seahawks.
— The Vikings new safety John Lowdermilk is following in his father’s footsteps. His dad Kirk played for the Minnesota franchise in the late 80s, early 90s.
— Play of the Week: Cornerback Terence Newman’s third interception in three games helped kill Atlanta’s momentum.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Seattle’s vocal cornerback Richard Sherman said his motivation has changed, but his expectations still remain the same.
— The Seahawks offensive line and offense as a whole has shown significant signs of improvement over the last couple weeks.
— Carroll downplayed the Seahawks’ defensive issues this week, but here are five questions to consider about the state of the defense.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings practice at 10:30 a.m. Then Coordinators Norv Turner, George Edwards and Mike Priefer are available following practice. No formal press conferences today.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Teddy Bridgewater and Russell Wilson are two young quarterbacks that are helping their team win football games. Beyond that, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer doesn’t see any similarities between the quarterbacks. The comparison of Bridgewater and Wilson has been pushed this week as the Vikings prepare to host Seattle on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium, but Zimmer wouldn’t take the bait. When asked about their similarities, Zimmer said “They’re different guys.” When asked how they’re different, Zimmer added “I don’t know. They’re just totally different to me.” Seattle coach Pete Carroll did point out that both quarterbacks have the ability to run the ball. Both teams also have standout running backs that they heavily rely on to move the ball on the ground.