Game Preview: Seahawks-Vikings

Getting Litchfield, MN native John Carlson (left) involved in the offense might be the only time the Seahawks are cheered in the Metrodome this Sunday.

Seattle Seahawks (3-6) at Minnesota Vikings (8-1)

Time & Place:
Sunday, November 22, 2009
10:00am PT
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Regular season series: Sunday will be the 11th time the Seahawks and Vikings will meet in the regular season, with the Seahawks holding a 6-4 edge in the series. Minnesota beat the Seahawks 31-13 in their last meeting (October 22, 2006 in Qwest Field), with the Seahawks beating the Vikings 27-23 in their last meeting at the Metrodome in 2004.

Notable Newcomers

Minnesota
Brett Favre, QB (UFA, New York Jets)
Greg Lewis, WR (UFA, New England)
Karl Paymah, CB (UFA, Denver)
Sage Rosenfels, QB (Trade, Houston)

Seattle
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR (UFA, Cincinnati)
Colin Cole, DT (UFA, Green Bay)
John Owens, TE (UFA, Detroit)
Ken Lucas, CB (UFA, Carolina)
Lawyer Milloy, S (UFA, Atlanta)
Cory Redding, DE (Trade, Detroit)

2009 Draft Class

Minnesota
Percy Harvin, WR, Florida (1st round, 22nd overall)
Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma (2nd round, 54th overall)
Asher Allen, CB, Georgia (3rd round, 86th overall)
Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina (5th round, 150th overall)
Jamarca Sanford, S, Ole Miss (7th round, 231st overall)

Seattle
Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest (1st round, 4th overall)
Max Unger, C/G, Oregon (2nd round, 49th overall)
Deon Butler, WR, Penn State (3rd round, 91st overall)
Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers (6th round, 178th overall)
Courtney Greene, S, Rutgers (7th round, 245th overall)
Nick Reed, DE, Oregon (7th round, 247th overall)
Cameron Morrah, TE, California (7th round, 248th overall)

Stats & Rankings

Minnesota

Offense
Total: 7th (369.1 yards per game)
Passing: 12th (246.7 yards per game)
Rushing: 10th (122.4 yards per game)
Scoring: 2nd (30.1 points per game)

Defense
Total: 15th (328.7 yards per game)
Passing: 23rd (234.1 yards per game)
Rushing: 6th (94.6 yards per game)
Scoring: t-12th (20.4 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-6th (+4)

Seattle 

Offense
Total: 16th (337.6 yards per game)
Passing: 13th (244.2 yards per game)
Rushing: 27th (93.3 yards per game)
Scoring: 19th (20.8 points per game)

Defense
Total: 19th (338.0 yards per game)
Passing: 22nd (233.0 yards per game)
Rushing: t-11th (105.0 yards per game)
Scoring: 14th (22.0 points per game)

Turnover Ratio: t-20th (-2)

Injury Report

Seattle

OUT: RB Julius Jones (chest)
Doubtful: CB Josh Wilson (concussion)
Questionable: DT Craig Terrill (shoulder)
Probable: C Chris Spencer (thumb, back), CB Marcus Trufant (concussion)

Minnesota

Doubtful: CB Antoine Winfield (foot)
Questionable: WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), CB Karl Paymah (ankle)
Probable: QB Brett Favre (groin, hip), LB E.J. Henderson (knee), DE Jayme Mitchell (illness), CB Benny Sapp (groin), FB Naufahu Tahi (ankle)

TV/Radio

FOX is sending—who else!—Dick Stockton and Charles Davis to Minneapolis, and as always, Steve Raible, Warren Moon, and Jen Mueller will call the game on 97.3FM and 710 ESPN Seattle.

Vegas Line: Vikings -10 ½ (o/u 46)

Keys to the Game

Seahawks Offensive Line – The Vikings' Pro Bowl-laden defensive line provides an excellent opportunity for the Seahawks offensive line to measure itself against the best has to offer. Notable match-ups to watch are left tackle Sean Locklear outside against Jared Allen, and as well as how the interior of the Seahawks line, particularly rookie right guard Max Unger, who played really well against Arizona last week, handles the Williams' Wall.

John Carlson – The Litchfield, Minnesota native was only targeted twice last Sunday against Arizona, and scored on his only touch of the game. Getting Carlson more involved in the offense, particularly in the red zone, should be a priority for Greg Knapp & Co., and not just because over 250 tickets for this game were sold through Carlson's high school.  

Kelly Jennings –Jennings has gone from "Will he make the team?" in August to the third corner on the team's depth chart to likely starter this Sunday with Josh Wilson—who picked off a pair of Brett Favre passes last season--unlikely to play. Jennings' reward will be to go one-on-one on the outside with 6-4, 202-pound wide receiver Sidney Rice in base packages, and when the Vikings bring in a third receiver, Jennings goes to the slot to cover rookie sensation Percy Harvin. The former first-round pick's contract is up after this season, and how he handles this assignment could impact the size of his next deal.

NorthwestFootball.net Prediction

A 1pm ET game against a veteran quarterback, solid offensive line, Pro Bowl running back, and a very physical defense is about as poor a match-up as it gets for the 2009 Seattle Seahawks. This one could ugly very quickly.

Pick: Vikings 38, Seahawks 16

In addition to writing for NorthwestFootball.net, Brian McIntyre blogs daily at Mac's Football Blog. You can follow Brian on Twitter, and if you'd like to e-mail him, you can always do so by clicking here.

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