Notebook: Lynch the latest 100-yard rusher

The Vikings have struggled to stop opposing running games in the last month and Sunday was no exception. Plus, get more than two dozen notes that help tell the tale of the game.

Marshawn Lynch became the fourth straight player to top 100 yards rushing against the Vikings defense the last four games.

Lynch ran 26 times for 124 yards and one touchdown. As a team, Seattle ran the ball a whopping 45 times for 195 yards.

"For them to run for that many yards, I've got to take a look at it and see what we're doing and how we're doing it. I didn't expect that," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said.

Seattle outgained the Vikings 385-287, thanks in large part to running 71 offensive plays, as opposed to just 53 total plays by the Vikings. That could explain why Seattle held the ball for 36 of the game's 60 minutes, including 12:10 of the final quarter.

Last week the Vikings said their run defenders were getting out of their assigned gaps, but missed tackles have also been an issue as the team has allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of the last four games.

"You keep working the tackling drills on those days when we you do have the pads on and do the things we've always done," Frazier said when asked about trying to cure the tackling woes.

GAME DAY NOTES

  • Lost in the Vikings' loss Sunday was the incredible performance of Adrian Peterson. Seattle came into Sunday's game with the league's fifth-ranked run defense. Peterson lit them up for 182 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns – the most rushing yards Peterson has gained in a game since 2008.

  • Peterson wasn't alone in his ability to run on the Seahawks. The Vikings finished the game with 27 carries for 243 yards on the ground – a 9.0-yard rushing average.

  • With his monster day, Peterson now has 957 rushing yards in nine games and had his third straight 100-yard rushing game.

  • In the last three games, Peterson has rushed 55 times for 458 yards and four touchdowns. In his first six games, he rushed 113 times for 499 yards and two TDs.

  • Sunday marked not only Peterson's 31st 100-yard rushing game of his career, but the 12th time he has rushed for 100 yards in a half. He went over the 100-yard mark with 12:20 to play in the second quarter.

  • Between his 182 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards, Peterson accounted for 193 yards Sunday. The rest of the offense combined accounted for just 94 yards.

  • One of the bigger concerns that will follow the Vikings back to Minnesota is the health of Percy Harvin's injured left ankle. With 3:18 to play in the third quarter, Harvin had his ankle and lower leg hyper-extended and was clearly in agony. He showed his toughness by returning to the game in the fourth quarter, but he was clearly hobbling and often with injuries of that nature, the true extent of the damage is worse the day after the game when the adrenaline of game day wears off.

  • Harvin came into play Sunday tied for the league lead in receptions with 60, but caught just two passes Sunday and had more yards rushing (24) than he had receiving (10).

  • Christian Ponder completed just 11 of 22 passes for 63 yards and a passer rating of 37.3. His opposite number, Russell Wilson, completed 16 of 24 passes for 173 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 127.3.

  • Wilson became the third rookie quarterback to beat the Vikings this season, joining Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

  • Former Viking Sidney Rice had himself a big game, leading all players with four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown, as well as completing a 25-yard pass in the first quarter.

  • Jerome Simpson led the Vikings in receiving yards with 14 yards on one catch.

  • Tight end Kyle Rudolph was held without a reception for the second time in three games.

  • In his first six games, Rudolph was targeted 42 times, catching 25 passes for 225 yards and five touchdowns. In his last three games, he has been targeted just eight times, catching two passes for 17 yards and no touchdowns.

  • Punter Chris Kluwe, who was under fire this past week when the Vikings brought in a potential replacement for a tryout, had a very good punting day. He averaged 48.3 yards on three punts and had a net average of 41.3 – both markedly above his 2012 averages.

  • Neither the Vikings nor the Seahawks have been impressive on third downs this season and that didn't change Sunday. The Vikings converted just three of 10 third downs Sunday and Seattle converted just 4 of 12.

  • To Seattle's credit, they went for a first down three times on fourth down and converted all three of them.

  • At halftime, the Vikings held a yardage advantage of 228-198. In the second half, Seattle outgained the Vikings 187-59.

  • With four sacks for 19 yards factored into Ponder's dismal passing day, the Vikings offense managed just 44 net passing yards.

  • Kicker Blair Walsh continued his impressive rookie season. Not only did he have four touchbacks on kickoffs, he made good on a 55-yard field goal. He is now 5-for-5 on field goals of 50-plus yards this season.

  • Of the Vikings' 10 offensive drives Sunday, half of them lasted five plays or less.

  • Seattle had five drives of nine plays or more.

  • Jared Allen was credited with a half-sack that he shared with Brian Robison, marking the seventh straight game in which Allen has recorded a sack.

  • Chad Greenway and Jasper Brinkley each recorded 13 tackles to tie for the team lead in that category.

  • In a curious move late in the game, the Vikings coaching staff made a questionable decision on a fourth-and-1 sneak by Wilson that effectively iced the game. With three minutes still remaining, it appeared as though Wilson had been stopped short of the first down marker. Instead of challenging the play, the Vikings called a timeout. Had they challenged the play and lost, they would have been assessed a timeout anyway. It seemed strange that, given the situation, the Vikings didn't at least try to get another look at the play and, if they failed, they would have called a timeout anyway. Had they won the challenge, they still would have had two timeouts and the ball.

  • The four sacks Seattle accumulated Sunday matched the most the Vikings have allowed in any game this season.

  • In the first eight games of the season, the Vikings had allowed just 23 points in the first quarter. Sunday they allowed 14 points.

  • Former NBA star Detlef Schrempf raised the flag for the 12th Man, the collective name given to the raucous Seahawks fan. The raising of the 12th Man flag in Seattle is similar to the sounding of the gjallarhorn at the Metrodome.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.



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  • Lost in the Vikings' loss Sunday was the incredible performance of Adrian Peterson. Seattle came into Sunday's game with the league's fifth-ranked run defense. Peterson lit them up for 182 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns – the most rushing yards Peterson has gained in a game since 2008.
  • Peterson wasn't alone in his ability to run on the Seahawks. The Vikings finished the game with 27 carries for 243 yards on the ground – a 9.0-yard rushing average.
  • With his monster day, Peterson now has 957 rushing yards in nine games and had his third straight 100-yard rushing game.
  • In the last three games, Peterson has rushed 55 times for 458 yards and four touchdowns. In his first six games, he rushed 113 times for 499 yards and two TDs.
  • Sunday marked not only Peterson's 31st 100-yard rushing game of his career, but the 12th time he has rushed for 100 yards in a half. He went over the 100-yard mark with 12:20 to play in the second quarter.
  • Between his 182 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards, Peterson accounted for 193 yards Sunday. The rest of the offense combined accounted for just 94 yards.
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  • Harvin came into play Sunday tied for the league lead in receptions with 60, but caught just two passes Sunday and had more yards rushing (24) than he had receiving (10).
  • Christian Ponder completed just 11 of 22 passes for 63 yards and a passer rating of 37.3. His opposite number, Russell Wilson, completed 16 of 24 passes for 173 yards with three touchdowns, no interceptions and a passer rating of 127.3.
  • Wilson became the third rookie quarterback to beat the Vikings this season, joining Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
  • Former Viking Sidney Rice had himself a big game, leading all players with four receptions for 54 yards and a touchdown, as well as completing a 25-yard pass in the first quarter.
  • Jerome Simpson led the Vikings in receiving yards with 14 yards on one catch.
  • Tight end Kyle Rudolph was held without a reception for the second time in three games.
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  • To Seattle's credit, they went for a first down three times on fourth down and converted all three of them.
  • At halftime, the Vikings held a yardage advantage of 228-198. In the second half, Seattle outgained the Vikings 187-59.
  • With four sacks for 19 yards factored into Ponder's dismal passing day, the Vikings offense managed just 44 net passing yards.
  • Kicker Blair Walsh continued his impressive rookie season. Not only did he have four touchbacks on kickoffs, he made good on a 55-yard field goal. He is now 5-for-5 on field goals of 50-plus yards this season.
  • Of the Vikings' 10 offensive drives Sunday, half of them lasted five plays or less.
  • Seattle had five drives of nine plays or more.
  • Jared Allen was credited with a half-sack that he shared with Brian Robison, marking the seventh straight game in which Allen has recorded a sack.
  • Chad Greenway and Jasper Brinkley each recorded 13 tackles to tie for the team lead in that category.
  • In a curious move late in the game, the Vikings coaching staff made a questionable decision on a fourth-and-1 sneak by Wilson that effectively iced the game. With three minutes still remaining, it appeared as though Wilson had been stopped short of the first down marker. Instead of challenging the play, the Vikings called a timeout. Had they challenged the play and lost, they would have been assessed a timeout anyway. It seemed strange that, given the situation, the Vikings didn't at least try to get another look at the play and, if they failed, they would have called a timeout anyway. Had they won the challenge, they still would have had two timeouts and the ball.
  • The four sacks Seattle accumulated Sunday matched the most the Vikings have allowed in any game this season.
  • In the first eight games of the season, the Vikings had allowed just 23 points in the first quarter. Sunday they allowed 14 points.
  • Former NBA star Detlef Schrempf raised the flag for the 12th Man, the collective name given to the raucous Seahawks fan. The raising of the 12th Man flag in Seattle is similar to the sounding of the gjallarhorn at the Metrodome.
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