1. Wilson schools rookie Hunter
Seattle faced third-and-1 from the Vikings 10-yard line in the first quarter of a scoreless game. Vikings rookie Danielle Hunter was at right defensive end and in position to stop Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson for a loss. Or so he thought. Wilson faked inside, turned outside and was gone for 5 yards to extend the touchdown drive. "He's an incredible athlete," Hunter said. "But I didn't have my angle right. You never bite on the first move, which I did. And then he made his move to the outside and I lost my containment."
2. Teddy the sailor man
The ball that Teddy Bridgewater threw on his second-quarter interception was his worst throw of the season. From the Vikings 33, he dropped 10 yards from center. The pocket was clean against a four-man rush. Receiver Stefon Diggs ran a crisp route, cut inside and was in position to catch a ball thrown 27 yards from the line of scrimmage. Cornerback DeShawn Shead was covering, but there was a window. The ball sailed over both players and was caught 5 yards behind them by safety Earl Thomas. One snap later, Seattle led 21-0 with 1:08 left in the first half. "The ball just got away from me," Bridgewater said. Bridgewater appeared to hold the ball a split second too long. He hitched and patted the ball twice before launching it. "It wasn't technique or that I didn't have room to step up," Bridgewater said. "The ball just got away from me. It happens. You try to avoid it. You try to cut down on it."
3. Locke-down punt for naught
The Vikings trailed only 7-0 midway through the second quarter when Jeff Locke connected on the perfect punt the Vikings are looking for as a team built around Adrian Peterson, solid defense and favorable field position. The Vikings had the ball at the Seattle 39-yard line. Rather than attempt a 56-yard field goal, they turned to Locke, who struggled in his punting from the opponents' side of the field in the Packers loss. This time, Marcus Sherels downed the punt at the 2. "We work on plus-50 punts in practice a lot; probably more than most teams," Sherels said. "It was a great punt." Unfortunately for the Vikings, Sunday was not an ode to complementary old-school football. Seattle drove 98 yards in 13 plays for a touchdown.
4. 'Outplayed,' outcoached'
After the game, Adrian Peterson said the players were outplayed and the coaches were outcoached. Asked in what ways the Vikings were outcoached, he said, "In so many different areas. And outplayed in so many different areas as far as players as well." Asked if a season-low eight carries were too few, he said, "What you think?" Peterson has a point. The Vikings strayed from their identity on their third offensive snap of the game. After two Peterson carries netted 7 yards, Bridgewater was sacked trying to throw the ball. By the time the Vikings got the ball back, they were down 7-0 and eight minutes of game clock had elapsed. The opportunity to pound Seattle the way the Vikings did Atlanta the week before probably was lost on that early third-and-3. By halftime, Peterson was a nonfactor with five carries for 10 yards in a 21-0 deficit. That's how delicate the balance can be when you're a run-oriented team in a passing league. "I think we'll be able to sit back and evaluate some things again and get back to what we do," Peterson said.
5. One play, three missed tackles
The low point on a day littered with missed tackles came on Seattle's second possession, which produced a 7-0 Seattle lead. Tight end Luke Willson caught a screen pass that went from lost yardage to a 22-yard gain because of missed tackles by safety Antone Exum in the backfield, nose tackle Sharrif Floyd near the line of scrimmage and linebacker Chad Greenway. "He had a blocker in front of him," Greenway said. "Any time a guy comes off a tackle or breaks a tackle you don't know what's going to be the next move. In my case, I know I overran that. I haven't missed a lot of tackles this year, but in that case, he was able to bounce away from me."