Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Bring on the Vikes This couldn’t be a better matchup for the Seahawks at this point in the season, well except for maybe next weeks opponents, the New York Jets. Matchup: Minnesota vs. Seattle Venue: CenturyLink Field Time: 1:05 PM (local) Date: November 4th, 2012 Weather: High 61. Low 56. Showers are expected Team Records: Seattle (4-4) Minnesota (5-3) Standings: Seahawks 3rd NFC West. Vikings 2nd NFC North With two straight losses coming on the road for the Seahawks, a home game is just what the doctor ordered, and with the way Sidney Rice has been playing the past couple weeks, a game against his former team could finally bring the breakout game the Hawks have been waiting for out of him. Game notes/How they match up This game really doesn’t have the appeal of a game of the week style game, but it really could be one of the better match-ups of the weekend. The Seahawks need a victory as badly as they have all year, and they are playing at home, so the odds are in favor of that happening for them. The Vikings on the other hand started out a lot hotter than anyone expected them to, and with the combination of Christian Ponder and Percy Harvin, as well as the born again legs of Adrian Peterson, can be a tough team to handle. The Hawks D hasn’t been as great as they should be the last two weeks, especially in the Detroit game, where the offense showed up finally, but the defense lost the game for us. Home is where the wins are for the Seahawks What to watch: Seattle Now that we have seen what he can do when given the chance, will Russell Wilson have a repeat performance of last week? Zach Miller came up huge finally for the Seahawks too last week, so I am watching for him to get involved in the passing game again. And of course Marshawn Lynch will be a big part of the offense for the Hawks again this week, and hopefully get back in the end zone to relieve Wilson of some pressure. But the biggest question of the day will be; can the Hawks defense bounce back against one of the best running backs in the league, not to mention a pretty lethal passing combination in Ponder and Harvin. What to watch: Minnesota First and foremost, can Adrian Peterson break the Seahawks defense. Secondly, if Peterson isn’t doing it, can the Ponder passing game get it done for the Vikes. The defense will have their hands full with one of the best backs in the league as well running straight at them. It will be their job to stop Lynch if they want to win this game. No matter how good the passing game looked last week, Marshawn Lynch is our number one option on offense during every series, and if the Vikings can’t stop him, we will be in business. Will Russell bring the big game arm once again this Sunday Photo Credit: Seahawks.com Seattle O vs. Minnesota D As mentioned above, Marshawn Lynch will get a ton of touches during this game, and will be the biggest threat for the Vikings D. But, as also mentioned above, this is the team that Sidney Rice used to play for, and wide receivers with big egos like to play big against their former teams. Let’s hope that is the case on Sunday. The debut of Jermaine Kearse will be interesting to watch, as I wonder if he will see very much action with Doug Baldwin expected to play this week. Minnesota O vs. Seattle D Biggest thing the Vikings will need to do is try to break the rush defense of the Seahawks. As hard as this is to believe, the secondary is the weaker of the two defensive groups this year, and the Vikings tough running game will have to do their best if they want to win. The passing game is no slouch either, and they can, and will, beat you deep with Percy Harvin whenever the opportunities are open, so the Seahawks secondary will have to be on their toes and communicating well to stop this. This really should be a great game to watch, and regardless of who is on the field, our best defender will always be the 12th man, which should give the young Ponder quite the headache at the line of scrimmage. Injury report Seahawks: Out: Braylon Edwards, Jason Jones. Questionable: James Carpenter, Byron Maxwell, Greg Scruggs. Probable: Doug Baldwin, Alan Branch, Marshawn Lynch, John Moffitt. Vikings: Out: John Carlson. Questionable: Mistral Raymond. Probable: Fred Evans, Letroy Guion, Percy Harvin, Erin Henderson, Chris Kluwe, Adrian Peterson, Christian Ponder, Antoine Winfield. Predictions The Seahawks are favored by 4.5. The first time they have been the favorite in about a month. I think we got this one, probably as close as the pros are calling it too. Seahawks 24 - Vikings 21 CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE SECTION AT NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mayweather beats Pacquiao by unanimous decision

Manny Pacquiao after loss: 'I thought I won the fight'

Did Evan Mathis respond to Chip Kelly's slight with barb?

WATCH: American Pharoah wins Kentucky Derby

Report: Rams trade RB Zac Stacy to Jets

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Falcons draft pick's house burned down during draft

Packers trade up to draft Brett Hundley

Greg Hardy apologizes for joke about 9/11

Mayweather bans Rachel Nichols, Michelle Beadle from covering fight

Five takeaways from Day 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft

Elite recruit Jaylen Brown commits to California

Clippers beat Spurs on Chris Paul shot in Game 7

Jimmy Kimmel's Manny Pacquiao T-shirt goes viral

Big fight packs airport, leaves no room for planes

Pete Carroll discusses Russell Wilson's contract status

Jim Harbaugh not happy Lou Holtz is out at ESPN

Cubs fans want Harry Caray video for seventh inning stretch

Winners and losers from the NFL draft

Brooklyn Decker expecting first child with Andy Roddick

Michigan using other programs' draftees to recruit players?

Texas staffer takes shots at Baylor, Texas A&M during draft

Rob Gronkowski wears awesome suit to Kentucky Derby

WATCH: Bryce Petty reacts to being drafted by the Jets

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Winners and losers from the NFL draft

Report: Zac Stacy traded to Jets

Hardy apologizes for joke about 9/11

Jerry Jones sends letter to Pacquiao

Mayweather bans Beadle, Nichols

WATCH: A-Rod fights back tears

A-Rod hits 660th home run, ties Willie Mays

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao: Celebrities make their picks

Ryan Succop offers to arm-wrestle Marcus Mariota for No. 8

Laila Ali rips Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Peterson wants more money from Vikes

Chip Kelly just doesn’t care about defense

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.