The Seattle Seahawks, who have long boasted about having one of the best home-field advantages in the entire NFL, didn’t perform well at all in their last home game prior to week 11. In week nine against the then winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Seahawks had to come back just to force overtime where they squeaked out a win.
Looking to prove that playing in Seattle was still something working in their favor, the Seahawks went out this Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings and laid the hammer down on one of the poorer teams in the league with the Seahawks earning their 10th victory of the year by a score of 41-20.
The big storyline from this game was the debut of off-season signing and primetime wide receiver Percy Harvin on the offensive side of the ball. Though he looked a bit rusty and caught just one pass for 17 yards, the threat of a player like Harvin opened up a bit more dynamic Seattle offense. Even with that, though, it was Seattle’s vaunted defense that got the job done on Sunday.
Sure, the Seahawks gave up more total yards than they gained, but that doesn’t mean their defense had a poor outing at all. Not only were they able to force the Vikings to commit four turnovers and switch quarterbacks on the day, but they were also able to hold Adrian Peterson to only 65 yards on 21 carries and keep him out of the end-zone. That certainly qualifies as a heck of a job done by Seattle.
With the way their defense played and the way their offense looked with Harvin back, this team’s 10-1 record is starting to look even more solid than it already did. If they can continue to sure things up as the postseason nears, the Seahawks might just establish themselves as the favorites in the NFC.