Good Morning. I will host our Monday Morning QB live chat at noon today, so stop by at lunch to talk Seahawks if you have time.
But for now, we take a look around the web to check out the reaction to the Seahawks 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
The Seahawks sit alone in second place in the NFC West standings at 5-4. If the playoffs started today, Seattle would be the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, and would travel to No.3 San Francisco to take on the Niners in the first round of the NFC playoffs.
Here’s my game story. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch finished with 124 yards on 26 carries, including a 3-yard touchdown that gave Seattle a 27-17 lead with 4 minutes, 9 seconds left in the third quarter. Lynch ran for more than 100 yards for the fifth time this season, and is 119 yards away from rushing for 1,000 yards for a second consecutive season.
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that the Seahawks didn’t slow down Adrian Peterson as much as Minnesota offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave stopped giving him the ball. After rushing for 144 yards in the first half, Peterson had just five carries in the second half. McGrath: “Peterson averaged – repeat, averaged – 10.7 yards a carry, the second-highest yards-per-carry average of his 82-game NFL career. It would not be an overstatement to call Sunday a “career day” for the potential Pro Football Hall of Famer, and yet the Vikings relied less on Peterson’s explosive legs than Ponder’s scatter-shot arm.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune says Seattle earned the victory, but it wasn’t a satisfying one. Boling: “Because satisfaction is at the root of competitive complacency, it’s probably a good thing that so many of the Seahawks came away from Sunday’s win bothered by some of the obvious shortcomings.”
Ryan Divish of The News Tribune talks with Golden Tate about his two-touchdown performance against the Vikings, which included a risky leap to get into the end zone over Minnesota cornerback Josh Robinson. “I would love to be that go-to guy,” said Tate, who has 24 catches for 283 yards and a team-high five touchdown catches. “I understand what kind of offense we have and what kind of playmakers we have. All I really try to do is do my job, the best I can. If I can do that, and do it well, my role will increase.”
John Moffitt starts at left guard for the first time in his NFL career. “I think it was good, not great,” Moffitt said about his performance. “To me, there’s stuff to work on. I think I was knocking the rust off on a lot of things. And I know I’ll see it on the film.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Seattle’s defense stopped everything else Minnesota’s offense had to offer, except Adrian Peterson. “I just respect him,” defensive end Red Bryant said. “It’s not every day you’re on the field with a running back of his caliber. You hear about Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders. Adrian Peterson is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. I can’t come up with enough adjectives to describe how special of a running back he is.”
Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times is finally coming around on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Kelley: “I thought Matt Flynn was the right choice to quarterback the Seahawks at the beginning of the season. I didn’t understand the rush to go to Wilson. I still think Flynn is a quality quarterback and the Seahawks still would be at least 5-4 if he had been the starter. But the growth potential for Wilson is enormous. He has an amazingly strong, accurate arm. And he has that “It factor” that general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll saw in him last January.”
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com notes that Seattle would have been as bad as Minnesota offensively if not for the play of Russell Wilson. Thiel: “Wilson is beginning to see sharply where things were earlier a blur. He’s learning to adjust his speeds, to find edges, decide quicker. And whenever it gets temporarily confusing, he can take 10 yards off by handing the ball to Lynch. Normally a “maturation process” is a little boring. But Wilson is a football man for the digital age, when faster, quicker and smarter are mandatory — and fun.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando says that Russell Wilson put together another winning performance at the quarterback position for Seattle. Sando: “Wilson’s three touchdown passes gave the rookie 13 through nine games, two fewer than Seattle managed all last season. He has eight touchdowns against two picks over his past four starts. He has taken one sack over his past two games and never more than two in a game since Arizona brought him down three times in Week 1. These are the signs of progress Seattle must see this season.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that there’s no place like home for the Seahawks. “I wouldn’t say it was a must win, but we definitely needed it,” Seattle receiver Sidney Rice said. “We need the rest of these games coming up, and fortunately for us four out of the next seven are at home. We use this crowd for energy. We feed off them and we’re thankful we have them.”
Will Brinson of CBS Sports gives the Seahawks a B for their performance against the Vikings: Brinson: “Awful defensive effort against Peterson in the first half, but the Seahawks D was much better in the second half. Russell Wilson was 16-for-24 with 173 yards and three touchdowns, Marshawn Lynchcracked the 100-yard marker and Golden Tate made some huge plays in the passing game. Good effort for Seattle at home, again.”
Dan Wiederer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that Sidney Rice shined against his former team Minnesota, including a 26-yard completion to tight end Zach Miller on a double pass.
Tom Pelissero of ESPN 1500 Twin Cities writes that receiver Percy Harvin and Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier had a heated conversation in the second quarter on the sideline about the Vikings’ struggles scoring points against the Seahawks. “I just want to score points,” Harvin said. “It’s frustrating not scoring. So, it was just a little frustration. Just was trying to get things right.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated ranks Seattle No.11 on his Fine Fifteen.