Adrian Peterson is the NFL's leading rusher. He'll face off against Seattle Marshawn Lynch, the league's No. 2 rusher, Sunday at CenturyLink Field / Wiki Commons
GAME: Minnesota Vikings (5-3, 2nd, NFC North) at Seattle Seahawks (4-4, 3rd, NFC West). TYPE: Regular season. WEEK: 9. WHEN: Sunday, 1:05 p.m., PT, CenturyLink Field.MEETING: 12th (Seahawks lead 6-5). STREAKS: Seahawks L 2; Vikings L 1.HEAD COACHES: Leslie Frazier, Minnesota; Pete Carroll, Seattle. LINE: Seattle by 4 1/2. TV: FOX. RADIO: ESPN 710 AM, KIRO 97.3 FM.
The Seahawks, 3-0 at home for the second time in three years, haven't opened 4-0 at CenturyLink Field since 2005 and haven't won four consecutive home games at any point in a season since 2007. Seattle gets its chance for No. 4 Sunday when it hosts the Minnesota Vikings, coming off their worst beating of the season (37-16 by Tampa Bay).
The game will provide Seattle fans the opportunity to not only get their first live look at Minnesota's All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, but a matchup of the NFL's top two rushers, Peterson (96.9 yards per game) and Seattle's Marshawn Lynch (94.6). Both are coming off a second straight 100-yard rushing performance.
"He's special. You make your block, and you know he's going to do something with it," Seattle receiver and former Viking Sidney Rice said of Peterson. "And if you don't, he's still going to do something with it."
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said of Lynch, "In my mind, he's one of the best in our business so we better get our run (defense) fixed in a hurry."
Lynch, who has four 100-yard rushing games and is coming off a 105-yard, one-TD showing against Detroit, will face a Minnesota defense that has allowed three consecutive 100-yard rushers. Lynch has averaged 6.7 yards per carry in his past two games.
Although the Seahawks sport one of the best run defenses in the league, allowing 84.9 yards per game, Peterson has amassed 276 yards with two TDs over the past two weeks, and he's averaging 5.1 yards per carry to rank second among players with at least 80 attempts. The Seahawks are vulnerable when facing a marquee back, evidenced by Frank Gore's 131 rushing yards two weeks ago.
The Seahawks will also face a Minnesota team with a struggling quarterback in Christian Ponder, who has thrown all seven of his interceptions in the last four games. The Vikings have 10 turnovers in those contests after having four in the first four.
"It's going to be hard for us to achieve our goals if we're not able to improve our passing game," Frazier said.
Two defensive players bear watching Sunday, Minnesota's Jared Allen and Seattle's Chris Clemons. Both have seven sacks, and Allen, 30, has come to be regarded as one of the elite pass rushers in recent NFL history. His 22 sacks last year were just a half sack shy of Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22.5 set in 2001.
"The biggest thing I take away from him (Allen) is that he just comes all the time," said Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. "He finishes every play, he’s really a hard-working guy. I think sometimes a guy may do a pass rush move and it doesn’t work, so he keeps himself blocked. With Jared, he’s not going to stay blocked, he’s going to continue to fight and try to get there.”
Rookie Russell Wilson has been far better at CenturyLink Field (six TDs, no interceptions) than on the road (four TDs, eight INTs), and so have the Seahawks, who have turned turned the ball over 11 times on the road compared to twice at home.
"We didn't play well enough on the road in the first half, is really what it comes down to," coach Pete Carroll said this week. "We didn't finish the games we were close in."
The iffiest part of the Seahawks is their situation at wide receiver. Seattle this week placed Ben Obomanu on injured reserve and activated former Husky Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad. Doug Baldwin will return from an ankle injury, but Braylon Edwards didn't practice at all.
Starting guard James Carpenter also will also not play, out with a concussion, meaning John Moffitt, out the past five games with a knee problem, will return to the starting lineup.
SERIES: Dates to Nov. 14, 1976, when the Vikings recorded a 27-21 victory at Metropolitan Stadium. Fran Tarkenton led Minnesota with 274 passing yards and two touchdowns. Jim Zorn threw a pair a TD passes for the Seahawks, 80 yards to Steve Raible and seven yards to Sam McCullum, and also ran 12 yards for a TD. The Vikings have won the last two meetings and three of the past four.
LAST MEETING (Vikings 35, Seahawks 9, Nov. 22, 2009): Brett Favre threw four touchdown passes, including a pair to current Seahawk Sidney Rice, to lead the Vikings to an easy win. The Seahawks trailed 28-0 before they got on the board with a 40-yard Olindo Mare field goal and a Justin Forsett one-yard run.
Seahawks: 4-4-0, 3rd, NFC West; scored 140 points (17.5 per game), ranking 23rd; allowed 134 points (16.8 per game), 3rd; differential of +6 points ranks 16th. Vikings: 5-3-0, 2nd, NFC North; scored 184 points (23.0), ranked 16th; allowed 167 (20.9), 11th; differential of +17 points ranks 12th.
SEAHAWKS HEAD COACH: Pete Carroll (51-52-0 career, 18-21-0 Seattle) is in his third season. In 2010, he directed Seattle to the NFC West title, the Seahawks becoming the first team in NFL history to win a division with a losing (7-9) record. Prior to joining the Seahawks, Carroll served as head coach at Southern California, where his Trojans won seven Pac-10 titles.
SEAHAWKS QUARTERBACKS: Russell Wilson -- at Arizona -- 18 of 34 for 153 yards, 1 TD, one INT, 62.5 passer rating; vs. Dallas -- 15 of 20, 151 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs, 112.7 rating; vs. Green Bay -- 10 of 21 for 130 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 99.3 passer rating; at St. Louis -- 17 of 25, 160 yards, 0 TDs, 3 INTs, 45.8 passer rating; at Carolina -- 19 of 25, 221 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs, 82.2 passer rating; vs. New England, 16 of 27, 293 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 133.7 passer rating; at San Francisco, 9 of 23, 122 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 38.7 passer rating; at Detroit, 25 of 35 for 236 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 96.8 passer rating . . . Matt Flynn -- DNP all games.SEAHAWKS STATS / NOTES
- SEASON SUMMARY: Record: 4-4. Home: 3-0. Road: 1-4. Vs. NFC: 3-4. Vs. AFC: 1-0. Vs. NFC East: 1-0. Vs. NFC North: 1-1. Vs. NFC South: 1-0. Vs. NFC West: 0-3. Points For: 140 (17.5). Points Against: 134 (16.8).
- NFL RANKS: Scoring Offense --16.6 (26); Total Offense -- 293.6 (30th); Rushing Offense -- 131.7 (8th); Passing Offense -- 161.9 (31st); Scoring Defense -- 15.1 (3rd); Total Defense -- 297.3 (5th); Rushing Defense -- 85.0 (6th); Passing Defense -- 212.3 (8th).
- INJURY REPORT: Out -- OT James Carpenter (concussion), WR Braylon Edwards (knee), DE Jason Jones (ankle). Limited -- CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring),RB Marshawn Lynch (back).
- Heading into Week 7, Marshawn Lynch is the NFL's second-leading rusher, averaging 94.6 yards per game. Lynch has rushed for more than 100 yards in nine of his last 16 games.
- Russell Wilson's 82.4 passer rating ranks 20th overall and second among rookies; his 183.0 yards per game rank 3nd.
- Leon Washington averages 29.8 yards on kickoff returns, which ranks fifth in the NFL.
- Chris Clemons is ranked T7 in the NFL with 7.0 sacks.
- With 4.5 sacks, DE Bruce Irvin ranks second among NFL rookies to Chandler Jones' 6.0.
- The Seahawks do not have a receiver ranked among the top 40 in the league in terms of total yards.
- FOOD DRIVE: The Seahawks, News Talk KIRO 97.3 FM, Seahawks Women's Association and Northwest Harvest are encouraging fans to bring nonperishable food or cash donations to the game. The annual "Tackle Hunger" food drive is presented by Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug. Volunteers will be available at all gates and in Touchdown City to accept contributions.
- 12th Man Flag Raisers: Tennessee -- Steve August; Oakland -- 2012 area Summer Olympians; Dallas -- Shawn Springs; Green Bay -- Trent Dilfer; New England -- Walter Jones.
|Total Yards||2424||27||Total Yards||2719||9|
|Yards / Game||303.0||27||Yards / Game||339.9||9|
|Rush Yards||1055||6||Rush Yards||1066||5|
|Rush / Game||131.9||6||Rush / Game||133.3||5|
|Pass Yards||1369||T30||Pass Yards||1653||22|
|Pass / Game||171.1||T30||Pass / Game||206.6||22|
|Points / Game||17.5||23||Points / Game||23.0||T11|
|Total Yards||2496||15||Total Yards||2654||19|
|Yards / Game||312.0||15||Yards / Game||331.8||19|
|Rush / Allw.||679||7||Rush / Allw.||861||19|
|Rush / Game||84.9||7||Rush / Game||107.6||19|
|Pass Allw.||1819||22||Pass Allw.||1793||20|
|Pass / Game||227.1||22||Pass / Game||224.1||20|
|Points Allw.||134||6||Points Allw.||167||16|
|Points / Game||16.8||6||Points / Game||20.9||16|
|Tackles||Wright 63, Wagner 62, Chancellor 57|
|Sacks||Clemons 7.0, Irvin 4.5, Jones, 2.5|
|Quarterback Hits||Clemons 15, Irvin 9, Branch 5|
|Interceptions||Sherman 3, Browner 2, Thomas 2|
|Passes Defensed||Sherman 11, Clemons, Thomas, Browner, 4|
|Forced Fumbles||Browner 2, 5 tied with 1|
|Fumbles Recovered||Mebane, Browner, Branch 1|
VIKINGS QUARTERBACKS: Christian Ponder has completed 171 of 262 passes (65.3 percent) for 1,743 yards, 10 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 85.8. Ponder passed for a season-high 352 yards and two touchdowns against the Redskins and is coming off a 251-yard, 1-TD effort against Tampa Bay.
VIKINGS HEAD COACH: Leslie Frazier is in his third season as head coach of the Vikings and has a record of 11-19. A graduate of Alcorn State, Frazier began his head coaching career in 1988 at Trinity College, where he stayed until 1996. He became an NFL assistant in 1999 with the Philadelphia Eagles, joined the Cincinnati Bengals in 2003 and coached the Indianapolis Colts from 2004-07. He was interviewed by Seattle to replace fired coach Jim Mora before Carroll was chosen.
KEY DATES: Nov. 18 -- Seahawks bye week; Jan. 5-6, 2013 -- Wild card weekend; Jan. 12-13 -- Divisional playoffs; Jan. 19-20 -- Conference championships; Jan. 27 -- Pro Bowl (Honolulu); Feb. 3 -- Super Bowl, New Orleans. Feb. 20-26 -- NFL combine (Indianapolis); April 25-27 -- NFL draft.TRANSACTIONS
- Aug. 26: Waived LB Jameson Konz, DE Pep Levingston, DB Roy Lewis, TE Cameron Morrah, WR Phil Bates, OT Edawn Coughman, CB Donny Lisowski, CB Ron Parker, RB Tyrell Sutton, OT Alex Barron, OG Deuce Lutui, WR Terrell Owens.
- Aug. 27: Traded LB Barrett Ruud to New Orleans to for an undisclosed future draft pick; waived DE Dexter Davis and re-signed CB Denny Lisowski, an undrafted rookie free agent from Montana who attended O'Dea High; traded QB Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo for an undisclosed future draft choice.
- Aug. 31: Waived/released CB Phillip Adams, DE Pierre Allen, LB Allen Bradford, WR Deon Butler, WR Kris Durham, G Paul Fanaika, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Jermaine Kearse, LB Kyle Knox, DE Cordarro Law, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, C Kris ODowd, QB Josh Portis, S DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer, WR Lavasier Tuinei, TE Cooper Helfet, RB Vai Taua.
- Sept. 1: Released TE Kellen Winslow; signed to practice squad LB Allen Bradford, G Rishaw Johnson, WR Ricardo Lockette, TE Sean McGrath, QB Josh Portis, S DeShawn Shead, LB Korey Toomer.
- Sept. 3: Signed to practice squad T/DT Edawn Coughman, WR Jermaine Kearse; signed TE Evan Moore.
- Sept. 13: Released G Rishaw Johnson and LB Korey Toomer from the practice squad and signed LB Allen Bradford and OT Mike Person in their places.
- Oct. 1: Released OG Allen Barbre as soon as he came off the suspended list for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
- Oct. 30: Placed WR Ben Obomanu on injured reserve (wrist); signed WR Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad.
|S. Francisco||6-2||2-0||Nov. 11 vs. St. Louis|
|Arizona||4-4||1-2||Sunday at Green Bay|
|Seattle||4-4||0-3||Sunday vs. Minnesota|
|St. Louis||3-5||2-0||Nov. 11 at S. Francisco|
|8/11/12||vs. Tennessee||7 p.m.||Q13||W||27-17||1-0|
|8/18/12||at Denver||6 p.m.||Q13||W||30-10||2-0|
|8/24/12||at Kansas City||5 p.m.||Q13||W||44-14||3-0|
|8/30/12||vs. Oakland||7 p.m.||Q13||W||21-3||4-0|
|9/9/12||at Arizona||1:25 p.m.||FOX||L||20-16||0-1|
|9/16/12||vs. Dallas||1:05 p.m.||FOX||W||27-7||1-1|
|9/24/12||vs. Green Bay||5:30 p.m.||ESPN||W||14-12||2-1|
|9/30/12||at St. Louis||10 a.m.||FOX||L||19-13||2-2|
|10/7/12||at Carolina||1:05 p.m.||FOX||W||16-12||3-2|
|10/14/12||vs. N. England||1:05 p.m.||CBS||W||24-23||4-2|
|10/18/12||at S. Francisco||5:20 p.m.||NFLN||L||13-6||4-3|
|10/28/12||at Detroit||10 a.m.||FOX||L||28-24||4-4|
|11/4/12||vs. Minnesota||1:05 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|11/11/11||vs. NY Jets||1:05 p.m.||CBS||---||---||---|
|11/25/12||at Miami||10 a.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/2/12||at Chicago||10 a.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/9/12||vs. Arizona||1:15 p.m.||FOX||---||---||--|
|12/16/12||*at Buffalo||1:05 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/23/12||vs. San Francisco||1:15 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
|12/30/12||vs. St. Louis||1:15 p.m.||FOX||---||---||---|
Oct. 7: Seahawks 16, Panthers 12: (at Charlotte): The Seahawks used a series of big defensive plays, the best pass of Russell Wilson's NFL career, and a planned safety in the final minute to edge Carolina. Cornerback Brandon Browner made two of the three biggest defensive stops. With Carolina at the Seattle 27-yard line in the third quarter, Browner stripped the ball from DeAngelo Williams, giving the Seahawks a chance to take the lead after they had fallen behind 10-6 on Wilson's worst pass of the season. Less than three minutes into the second half, Wilson threw behind intended receiver Anthony McCoy, and Carolina's Captain Munnerlyn snatched the ball and raced 33 yards for a touchdown that put the Panthers ahead 10-6. But after Browner stripped Williams. Wilson, on a third-and-eight from the Carolina 13, rocketed a slant pass to Golden Tate for a touchdown.
Oct. 14: Seahawks 24, Patriots 23: Russell Wilson threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:18 to play to give the Seahawks a come-from-behind victory. The Seahawks trailed 23-10 in the second half, but Wilson fired touchdown passes to Doug Baldwin and Braylon Edwards before finding Rice with the game-winning throw.
Oct. 18: 49ers 13, Seahawks 6: Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seahawks in a battle for first place in the NFC West. Frank Gore ran for 131 yards. The 49ers made just enough plays to win a defense-first game. Marshawn Lynch ran for 103 yards for Seattle, but Russell Wilson couldn't generate a passing game, going 9 of 23 for 122 yards and a passer rating of 38.7.
Oct. 28: Lions 28, Seahawks 24: Titus Young caught his second touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford on a one-yard slant with 20 seconds left, lifting Detroit. Young needed to make the second TD catch after Zach Miller had a spectacular, 16-yard snag on a toss from Russell Wilson with 5:27 left that put the Seahawks ahead. But Seattle (4-4) couldn't stop the Lions (3-4) on their last possession.