Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Stopping Peterson & Harvin Likely Key After what was probably the worst defensive outing of the season for the Seattle Seahawks, the team will hope to rebound this Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings roll into town. The job doesn’t get any easier for the Seahawks defense, as they will have to shut down a pair of Pro Bowlers in Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin if they want to go back above .500. Percy Harvin will almost definitely be matched up against Richard Sherman, as he is the biggest deep threat for the Vikings. Richard Sherman has been the go-to defensive back for the Seahawks this season, matching up against the opponent’s best wide receiver on a weekly basis. Last week, Sherman held Calvin Johnson to 46 yards on three catches. The Seahawks will also have to be prepared for Harvin during the return game, as he has also returned one kickoff for a touchdown this season. The Seahawks’ defense must step up this week against the Minnesota Vikings. Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images The Seahawks come into this game with the 13th ranked passing defense in the NFL against a young quarterback, Christian Ponder, who has cooled down a bit since his hot start, but is still very capable of putting up big numbers in this league. The Seahawks’ defensive line will have a huge impact on Ponder’s success throwing the ball on Sunday. If they can put pressure on him, and minimize the amount of time that his receivers have to get open, they can make it a very long day for the Vikings’ passing offense. No one was quite sure what to expect from Peterson after a season-ending knee injury last year. However, he has come out strong in the first half this year scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 775 yards (5.1 yards per carry). He is a very dangerous running back who will test the Seahawks’ fifth-ranked rushing defense.  He is healthy and so far this season has been running over the opposition. The Seahawks have to be prepared. If Seattle can find a way to shut down Peterson, Ponder will have a tough time scoring with a one-dimensional offense. The defense has proven multiple times this season that they have no problem matching up against high powered offenses; however, they will need to bounce back from a shaky performance last Sunday when Matthew Stafford had his way with the Seahawks’ defense, throwing for 352 yards and three touchdowns. Seattle is a much better team when playing at home, and they will need to play a good game against a Vikings team that has surprised lot of people this season. At 4-4, they cannot afford to drop below .500  as this tight playoff race begins to take shape. CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dekker changes his Twitter to painful memory

Five best quarterback situations in the NFL

MLB players want to trade lives with Tom Brady

WATCH: Ohio State dog urinates on Michigan fire hydrant

Gregg Marshall is staying at Wichita State

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bengals troll Browns with April Fools’ Day joke

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

Gus Malzahn not happy about Michigan satellite camp

WATCH: Kaman pushes CP3 after shot to groin

Kelly Olynyk helps Celtics to win despite eye injury

Report: Boston mayor furious over Olympics rumors

Ravens commit tampering violation, show it on Twitter

Lightning won’t sell playoff tickets to non-Florida residents

Brad Stevens dismisses Texas rumor

Albert, Costas and Michaels to work together for the first time

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

The San Antonio Spurs are beautiful again

Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘The game is a joke’

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

Five best QB situations in the NFL

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Why WrestleMania 31 was an all-time great

Five worst QB situations in NFL

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

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.