Fall’s still in the air and the snow is melting … we might never know if playing in a frigid cold at TCF Bank Stadium is an advantage to the Vikings or not … or maybe we’ll find out in the playoffs? Playoffs? Did we say playoffs??? Shut my mouth. Without further ado — or is it adieu? (both work, in strange ways) here are seven bold predictions for Sunday’s Vikings-Seahawks game.
MATT VENSEL, Vikings Insider, Vikings beat writer
The Vikings have allowed an 100-yard rusher in back to back games. They’ll make it three in a row Sunday but this time it will be a quarterback who hits triple digits. Look for Russell Wilson to shake loose for a long gain and a few other scrambles on the way to his first 100-yard rushing game of the season and the fifth of his career.
MARK CRAIG, On the NFL columnist, Vikings beat writer
Richard Sherman’s mouth will runneth over until it is runneth over by Adrian Peterson and Norv Turner’s Sledgehammer Offense. A week after he ran for 158 yards and two touchdowns against Atlanta’s No. 1-ranked run defense, Peterson will reach 175 and three.
CHIP SCOGGINS, columnist
Russell Wilson is known for his ability to scramble, but Teddy Bridgewater will have an impact with his running against an aggressive Seahawks pass rush. Bridgewater will convert three third downs into first downs with his ability to avoid a sack and break the pocket and also will rush for one touchdown.
JIM SOUHAN, columnist
A phantom facemask call as time runs out sets up a long Hail Mary touchdown from Teddy Bridgewater to Kyle Rudolph to give the Vikings a 27-23 victory.
MICHAEL RAND, Page 2 guy, Randball
In a game filled with fast and young defensive stars on both sides of the ball, it will be a couple of veterans who make the difference for the Vikings — Chad Greenway with an interception and Brian Robison with a strip-sack of Russell Wilson.
JASON GONZALEZ, Vikings beat writer
The Vikings have already blown two chances this season to make a statement in the national spotlight, but they won’t miss this opportunity against the back-to-back NFC champion Seahawks. Expect the Vikings defense to limit quarterback Russell Wilson a week after one of his career-best performances and the Vikings offense to do just enough for the victory, the usual recipe for success in their eight wins.
CHRIS MILLER, pro sports team leader
A couple of weeks ago, the Packers controlled the game and beat the Vikings, partly by getting the lead and forcing Adrian Peterson into mothballs. I think the Vikings will do their best to force this game into a plodding pace, trying to control the ball and keeping Peterson busy. But the league’s rushing leader will fumble the ball a couple of times, giving the Seahawks the edge and helping them win to get more firmly into the NFC playoff picture.