(6) Seahawks at (3) Vikings
Seahawks– Let’s go way back to the beginning before the season started. The Seahawks acquired Jimmy Graham hoping it’d spark their offense and that plan backfired on them. No disrespect to Jimmy, he doesn’t fit in their offense. Since he’s gone down, Russell Wilson has look like a totally different quarterback and he’s matured so much as a passer. He’s shown that the game can be put in his hands and from a statistical standpoint, this is his best season by far. He’s thrown 34 touchdown passes. Remember when I said that nobody fears the Seahawks defense? They’re back with that edge to them and during the regular season, I thought a lot of their struggles had to do with Dan Quinn not being there anymore. They’ve heard under the radar linked to their name and they aren’t happy about it. Another trip to the Super Bowl begins with a rematch once again in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon.
Vikings– Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the NFC North division champion Green Bay, I mean Minnesota Vikings. Who’d ever think that heading into the playoffs, the Vikings would be the three seed in the NFC, hosting a playoff game and going up to Lambeau Field and having to get a win against a team who’s owned them for quite some time and taking the division title. I remember last week, I made a public endorsement for Mike Zimmer to be coach of the year and Sunday night, I think he locked it up. Teddy Bridgewater has improved so much in year two and showed no signs of a sophomore slump. He’s more than a game manager, the guy is more than capable of making plays. After missing pretty much an entire season, Adrian Peterson has won the rushing title. The defense is good, this is a good football team and they’ve shown it all season long.
Prediction– When they last met, Seattle went in there and dominated from the first whistle to the last. This matchup on Sunday, a certain someone who wasn’t active the first time will be playing and he goes by the name of Marshawn Lynch. I’m very curious to see how the Seahawks will get him involved and he’s back at the right time. Seattle will have to try to get Luke Willson going early one and spread the ball around like they did in week 13 and make Bridgewater beat them. It’s key that Minnesota amp up the pressure and rattle up Russell Wilson. I like the Seahawks in this one. Seahawks 27 Vikings 16