TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 17, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: High 50, Low 38
Line: Seattle (-12.5)
The Minnesota Vikings have struggled mightily this season as they have begun the year 2-7 and are in last place in the NFC North. After last year’s 10-win campaign, many people believed that the Vikings would be in line to contend for a division title, but they have been anything but impressive. Christian Ponder has lost his job and regained it this season a couple of times and it looks like his most recent injury might rule him out for week 11. However, he has passed for 1,246 yards and five touchdowns, looking to start this week. Jerome Simpson has been the top receiver in his first season as a Viking, catching 33 passes for 491 yards, but no scores. Adrian Peterson has been typical Adrian Peterson once again, rushing for 786 yards and nine touchdowns on the year.
When at home, the Seattle Seahawks are nearly unbeatable. In fact, they haven’t lost a game at home this season and are still solid on the road as well as the Seahawks are proud owners of a 9-1 record. Russell Wilson is the leader of this team as a second-year player, passing for 2,132 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year — on pace to smash his totals from his rookie season. Golden Tate has been the top receiver, catching 41 passes for 574 yards and four touchdowns, but Percy Harvin is set to come back this week and contribute — looking to be the top weapon in the receiving game. Marshawn Lynch is having yet another solid season, rushing for 871 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, Minnesota has been a big disappointment and a team that top-passing teams want to play against. The Vikings are the third-worst total defense as well as posting the fourth-worst secondary that allows over 285 yards per game through the air. Seattle is one of the best defensive teams out there, ranking third in total yards allowed and second in passing yards allowed while giving up the third-least amount of points per game.
PREDICTION: Vikings 16, Seahawks 38