Vikings Offer Few Surprises


Posted Nov 23, 2009


After playing better offensively a week ago against Arizona, the Seattle Seahawks reverted back to their inconsistent ways Sunday in a 35-9 dismantling at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings.

Just a week ago, Seattle ran for 164 yards and seemed to find an offensive identity, relying on the short passing game to move the ball against Arizona. But against the Vikings, the Seahawks failed to get the ball past the 50-yard line until late in the third quarter and finished 1 of 10 on third-down conversions. Seattle also finished with a franchise-worst 4 yards rushing on 13 carries, with just 44 offensive plays compared to Minnesota's 72. Eight of those plays went for minus yardage. The 4 yards rushing eclipsed the previous franchise-worst record of 14 yards set just four games ago against Arizona at Qwest Field.

The Seahawks struggled moving the ball against Minnesota's talented defensive line, which includes Pro Bowlers Jared Allen on the outside and the Williams' Wall of Pat and Kevin Williams' inside. Seattle's defense actually held Minnesota's offense in check in the opening quarter. However, the Seahawks got no help from the offense, and the Vikings exploded for three scores in the second quarter to take control of the game.

"The first quarter defensively we played well," coach Jim Mora said. "We needed to get something going on offense to give ourselves a little energy, a little juice to support what the defense was doing, and we weren't able to do that."

Seattle center Chris Spencer said the Vikings didn't do anything differently that Seattle hadn't already seen on film. "They were where we knew they were going to be and they did exactly what we thought they were going to do, we just weren't crisp enough," Spencer said. "The bottom line is we weren't consistent enough, and we didn't execute the way we needed to."

The Seahawks controlled Adrian Peterson somewhat, limiting the talented runner to 84 yards on 24 carries. However, Brett Favre led the Vikings offensively, finishing 22 of 25 for 213 yards, throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions. Favre's 88 percent completion percentage was a career high; he also finished with an impressive, 141.7 passer rating.

So thorough was the Vikings' dominance over Seattle that Minnesota head coach Brad Childress pulled Favre, replacing him with reserve quarterback Tarvaris Jackson with his team up 28-3 and 43 seconds left -- in the third quarter.

"It's almost embarrassing to be down that much and the other team is pulling their guys," quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. "It's just hard being in this situation right now. We're not used to it. It's new territory. It's very tough."

TRENDING: Seattle tight end John Carlson finished without a catch for the first time in his two-year NFL career. Carlson played in front of more than 200 family and friends from his hometown of nearby Litchfield, Minn. Seattle's leading receiver last season with 55 catches, Carlson has just 10 catches in his last four games, and is fourth on the team in receptions with 34.

LINEUP WATCH: Darryl Tapp is pushing Patrick Kerney for playing time at defensive end. Kerney is tied with Lawrence Jackson for the team lead in sacks with four each, but Tapp has more consistently applied pressure to the passer in recent weeks.

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

--WR Nate Burleson returned to play against the team that drafted him. Burleson was a third-round pick by Minnesota and spent his first three seasons with the Vikings before signing with Seattle as free agent in 2006. Burleson redeemed himself after finishing with no catches against Arizona last week, grabbing eight catches for 100 yards.

--DE Cory Redding got his first sack of the season in the first quarter.

--RB Justin Forsett struggled in the running game, finishing with 9 yards on nine carries. But he also added 80 yards receiving on eight catches, and scored the team's only touchdown on a 1-yard plunge.

--LB Linebacker David Hawthorne led the team in tackles again, finishing with 11 solo and four assists for 15 total.

--DB Josh Wilson was inactive for the Minnesota game after missing practice all week with a concussion. Kelly Jennings started in place of Wilson.


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