The Seattle Seahawks (9-1) host the Minnesota Vikings (2-7) at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. The game will be televised at 4:25 ET on FOX.
This game ought not to be a close one, given Seattle’s complete performance against the Falcons and the impending return of several key players. Russell Okung, Max Unger, and Breno Giacomini are all listed as probable to start Sunday. But what Seahawks fans are most looking forward to, or at least I am, is the return of Percy Harvin. Harvin is also listed as probable, but Pete Carroll has stressed all this week that he’s a game-time decision.
I suppose we Seattle fans shouldn’t get our hopes up, especially since Seattle has a bye week after this game against the Vikings. I can see Carroll’s perspective, because he’d surely rather have Harvin completely ready to go in time for the back-to-back games against the Saints and 49ers. Still, Harvin returning in time to face his former team just sounds like it’s meant to be. Whether he plays tomorrow or not is still irrelevant to the success of the Seahawks. Seattle is going to win this game.
Stephen A. Smith on ESPN’s “First Take” said it best the morning after the Vikings came back to beat Robert Griffin III and the Redskins. When asked whether he thought the Redskins were done, Smith said absolutely, exaggerating the sentence “It’s the Minnesota Vikings.”
Besides Adrian Peterson, the Vikings are abysmal. When you have a defense giving up 400 yards a game, you have a minuscule chance for success. Christian Ponder is an inconsistent quarterback at best, and the receiving corps hasn’t made many great strides this year.
The Seattle defense turned their run defense around at the Falcons, after giving up more than 400 yards combined on the ground against St. Louis and Tampa Bay. Shutting down Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, who are talented rushers indeed, is a great sign for going up against Peterson. Tackling Peterson for loss is going to rile up the 12th man and make it impossible for Ponder to sustain drives. On the other side, Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch will continue firing on all cylinders. If Okung, Unger, and Giacomini all start, Lynch is going to have a field day, and Wilson is going to have great protection.
The Seahawks are in a great place right now, what with them putting together a complete win last week and getting key guys back on offense. There is no reason why they shouldn’t be the first team in the NFC to reach double digits in the win column.