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— The Vikings got another chance yesterday to show that they’re legit contenders by beating one of the NFL’s big boys. Instead, they looked like pretenders again in an embarrassing 38-7 loss to the Seahawks.

— For the second time in three weeks, running back Adrian Peterson voiced his disappointment in the play-calling after yesterday’s loss.

— Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater spent last December proving he could carry an offense. Yesterday, he demonstrated an alarming regression.

— Already down starting nose tackle Linval Joseph, the Vikings lost safety Harrison Smith and outside linebacker Anthony Barr early in the loss.

— The Seahawks took turns pounding on and dancing away from Vikings defenders for 173 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries.

— Penalties, some of the controversial, added to the Vikings’ misery.


— The Seahawks’ blowout win was a scary sight for the rest of the NFL.

— There are many aspects to the Seahawks’ turnaround, but none are more significant than what quarterback Russell Wilson has been doing.

— The Seahawks looked like “a pack of wild dogs” chasing after Peterson.


The Vikings have no time to dwell on yesterday’s loss. They report for meetings in the morning and will practice later than usual at 4:15 p.m.


The Vikings took a bit of a gamble by dressing just three safeties against the Seahawks. When Harrison Smith tweaked his hamstring, they were down to two. And when Antone Exum collided with Robert Blanton in the second quarter, they were down to one. Veteran cornerback Terence Newman entered the game to play alongside Exum. Fortunately, Blanton was able to shake off the friendly fire and quickly return. Still, the fact that coach Mike Zimmer felt comfortable dressing three safeties says a lot about what he thinks about Newman. It also suggests that Newman could be an option at safety down the road, whether it is later this season or next year.

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