The Seattle Seahawks (9-1) served notice as to why they are the current NFC favorite with a 33-10 win at the Georgia Dome against the Atlanta Falcons. They could face a stiff challenge if Christian Ponder resumes the form he showed against the Washington Redskins in the Minnesota Vikings‘ (2-7) Thursday night rally.
NFL Week 11 Matchup, Game Time and TV Info: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (4:25 p.m. ET on FOX)
Predicted Point Spread: Seahawks by 10 (Early spread: Seahawks by 13.5)
Ponder’s play runs in the face of a body of work that only earned Pro Football Focus’ 34th-best quarterback grade entering Week 10. Thursday night’s 174-yard, two-touchdown night likely will not swing Vegas’ line a drastic amount as he heads into Seattle, a team that seems to answer the bell loudly upon being criticized for not winning convincingly enough. Adrian Peterson will have his work cut out with Bobby Wagner and Co. knifing into the backfield. The Seahawks failed to cover when boasting double-digit lines at home against the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers but will probably still find themselves in that realm again.
Minnesota found the end zone with Cordarrelle Patterson Thursday but must still find a way to get their most electrifying receiver the ball. The rookie still only had four catches for 22 yards in the victory and looks far more the dangerous weapon than any other targets in Minny, even with John Carlson stepping up. Seattle’s offense line struggles also leave wonder as to how much they can pepper a weak Vikings secondary, especially if Kevin Williams, Jared Allen and Brian Robison bull through the line as they did against Washington.
Key Matchup: Marshawn Lynch vs. Vikings LBs
Erin Henderson, Chad Greenway and Co. don’t have anyone ranking among the top 23 at their respective position in Pro Football Focus run-defense grading. Throw in Lynch and you have the recipe for a second-half gashing if Seattle can grab the lead.