NFC Game Of The Week
Seahawks (6-5) at Vikings (8-3)
Seahawks– Don’t count them out just yet. I definitely haven’t. This is a team that’s won the NFC two years in a row. Carolina and Arizona have both been excellent this season but the team that you have to take down to get to the top of the conference is still the Seattle Seahawks. They definitely aren’t the same team anymore, especially on defense. They just don’t put fear into anybody like they have over the last two seasons. I’ve seen their secondary get attacked left and right, teams run it on them consistently and they don’t get to the quarterback too often. Just like we saw last week, their offense will have to close it out for them because their defense can’t bail them out like they once used too. This will be an important game for them if they are trying to remain in the playoff picture.
Vikings– If I were handing out season-ending awards today, Mike Zimmer would be in serious consideration for coach of the year. He’s done a fantastic job with these Vikings. It will also help when Adrian Peterson is on the field. Look at the difference he’s made and last week in Atlanta was the best he’s looked all year-long. The Vikings also have a very good defense as expected because Zimmer is a defensive minded guy. They have guys that swarm to the football, they’re ballhawks when the ball is in the air and they know where to be at the right time to make a play or two. Two weeks ago at home, they had a test against Green Bay and now, they will have another one with a Seahawks teams looking to find its rhythm on Sunday.
Prediction: After Graham went down with his leg injury, many thought it was a big loss but in all actuality it’s not too major. Jimmy never fit within the offensive scheme of the Seahawks and now Luke Willson will be the starting tight end again and he’s more of a traditional tight end. If I’m a Seahawks defender, I’m watching the tape of the Vikings game against Green Bay and using some of the same looks on Sunday. That means taking AP away and making Minnesota throw the football. For Minnesota, it’ll be key not to let Russell Wilson extend the play and make things happen with his feet. I like Seattle in this one. Seahawks 30 Vikings 24