Just getting ready to head out to the stadium. Here’s four keys I think the Seattle Seahawks need to happen in order for them to have a chance to win today.
Rally to the ball: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson is going to get his yards today. But the Seahawks need to make sure they wrap up and get all 11 guys to the ball in order to try and contain any long runs by Peterson.
Create some turnovers: The Seahawks need to steal a couple possessions from the Vikings to give themselves a chance here. As good as Peterson is, he has fumbled four times this season, losing all four. And although quarterback Brett Favre only has three interceptions this season, he has tried to force throws into tight windows in the past. There will be opportunities for Seattle, and they have to take advantage of it.
Protect Hasselbeck: Seattle is facing perhaps the best defensive front they will see all season. With Jared Allen, Pat and Kevin Williams and Ray Edwards, the Vikings can collapse a pocket just with the front four, so the Seahawks will need a good game up front from the offensive line.
Get Forsett some touches: With Julius Jones still out, reserve running back Justin Forsett needs to provide a similar effort to what he accomplished last week. I think the screen game will be important today, along with quick passes in the flat to get the ball to Forsett out in space.
Here’s my story today on Adrian Peterson and how Seattle will try to stop him Defensively.
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Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com predicts a 33-14 win for Minnesota.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald says the Vikings likely will be the best team the Seahawks face all season.
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ESPN’s Mike Sando says the Seahawks this year reminds him of the 2002 season, in which Seattle started 4-9 but finished the year winning three straight for a 7-9 record, ultimately leading to a 10-6 season the next year.
Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press profiles talented Minnesota receiver Sidney Rice.