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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Nov 4 2012 @ 1:16 am In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

The Minnesota Vikings did not end the first half of the season the way they would have liked.  They were beat down at home by a mediocre Buccanneers team, in the Metrodome, and watched their record fall to 5-3.  While the team has been a nice surprise so far this season, they have also let some tremendous opportunities slip away.  Now Minnesota will travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks in a venue that might have the biggest home field advantage in the NFL.  Just ask Green Bay and New England.  In addition to playing in a brutal stadium environment, the Vikes will be going up against a stout defense, and a strong running game.  This will be a serious test.

These two teams are certainly similar in how they are set up.  Strong defense, superstar running back, and an athletic, but inconsistent quarterback.  That means this game will probably be very close throughout, and if Minnesota expects to have a chance to win, they will have to find wyas to move the ball that involve handing the ball to Adrian Peterson.  AD, who has had a monumental comeback season, will be the main focus of the ‘Hawks defense.  Christian Ponder has to make some plays to help the Vikings stay in this one.  I expect Percy Harvin to have a big impact, but that is an obvious statement.  Harvin has 60 catches through the first game and is on pace to challenge for the most receptions in a single season in franchise history(122 by Cris Carter 1994 & 1995).  Ponder has to get guys like Kyle Rudolph and Jerome Simpson involved in the offense, and he has to protect the football.

On defense Minnesota faces Marshawn Lynch, the best running back they have faced so far.  Lynch is a lot like AP in that he doesn’t shy away from contact, he looks to deliver it.  The Vikings have to put the game in the hands of Russell Wilson, Seattle’s rookie QB.  They also however, must make sure that they contain him.  Wilson makes big plays down the field to guys like Golden Tate and former Viking Sidney Rice when he escapes the pocket.  Keeping him under control will be a major challenge for the Minnesota front seven.

This is a game that the Vikings can win, but it’s also by far the toughest road game they have played up to this point.  And Minny has not been good on the road so far this season(1-2).  The good news is that they have had a long week to prepare and they have played well after each of the previous two losses.  This feels like a 16-13 game, whoever wins.

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