The Vikings didn't start Jerome Simpson, but he entered the game on the second play, with Leslie Frazier admitting that the absence of Greg Jennings affected his disciplinary plan for Simpson. Plus, get more than two dozen notes that help tell the tale of the game.
The Vikings finally brought their receiving corps up to NFL standards this season, but against one of the best defensive backfields in the NFL the Vikings were short-handed.
The Vikings' most experienced receiver, Greg Jennings
, was inactive for the first time as a Viking because of an Achilles injury, despite being listed as probable on Friday. Jennings practiced in full Wednesday, then was listed as limited on Thursday and Friday.
By definition, probable means "virtual certainty," but Jennings wasn't able to play Sunday in Seattle.
"We always have some Greg Jennings plays in the game plan," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "He's a guy we count on, so it definitely makes a difference, but the other guys stepped up and made some plays for us in the passing game – Cordarrelle (Patterson) and Jerome (Simpson) when he was in there. Jarius (Wright) obviously had a good day for us. But it makes a difference when one of the guys you count on is not able to go."
On Friday, Frazier acknowledged that Jennings was "pretty sore" and backed off practice. But asked if there were any concerns for Sunday, Frazier said: "No, he'll be ready to go."
started in place of Jennings and had a solid game, catching three of the four passes thrown his way for 69 yards and Minnesota's only two touchdowns of the day.
Patterson started for Simpson and caught three of the nine passes thrown his way for 29 yards.
Simpson came in for the second play of the game but wasn't used as much he had been in previous games. He was targeted only two times, catching one pass for 1 yard. Frazier said he didn't want to discuss hypotheticals and how much he would have played Simpson if Jennings had been available.
"A little bit of it had to do with the injury to Greg. That changed the dynamics of what we wanted to be able to do," Frazier said. "So we had to adjust."
"… Certain things dictated this is how we had to do it."
GAME DAY NOTES
Center John Sullivan suffered a head injury late in the game and was replaced by Joe Berger. The Vikings were without Phil Loadholt last week due to concussion symptoms.
Seattle had its starting five offensive linemen on the field at the same time for the first time since Week 2.
Seattle won its 12th straight home game – a franchise record. The last time Seattle lost at home was Christmas Eve 2011 against San Francisco.
The Vikings have allowed 320 points in 10 games, the most points allowed through the first 10 games in franchise history.
The Vikings dominated time of possession, holding the ball for 34:09 of the game.
The Vikings ran 70 plays on offense, as opposed to just 50 for the Seahawks, but average 4.8 yards a play (336 yards), while the Seahawks averaged 6.5 yards a play (323 yards).
The anticipated battle between Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson never materialized, but Lynch got the better of it by scoring three touchdowns. Peterson ran 21 times for just 65 yards, while Lynch ran 17 times for 54 yards with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving TD.
Things never completely opened for Peterson, who had seven carries for 13 yards in the first quarter, seven carries for 22 yards in the second quarter and seven carries for 30 yards in the second half.
Lynch had just one yard on his first five carries and 10 rushes for 29 yards at halftime. In the second half he had seven carries for 35 yards.
With his 65 combined yards, Peterson had his seventh straight season with more than 1,000 combined yards from scrimmage. He had been in a three-way tie with Randy Moss and Chuck Foreman for second place on the all-time career list with six seasons of 1,000 or more yards. He now trails only Cris Carter, who had 1,000 or more yards in eight seasons.
Russell Wilson was extremely efficient, completing 13 of 18 passes for 230 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions – giving him a passer rating of 151.4 and averaging 12.8 yards per pass play.
Wilson had just 13 completions, but that included completions of 44, 34, 27, 27 and 17 yards.
The Vikings allowed Seattle to convert just 4 of 11 third-down opportunities, which was good news for a team that has allowed a 50 percent conversion rate this season.
Neither of the starting QBs finished the game when things got out of hand. Cassel mopped up for the Vikings, while former Viking Tarvaris Jackson finished the game for the Seahawks.
The Vikings committed just four penalties for 20 yards and had a big edge in the penalty end of things. Seattle committed seven penalties for 96 yards – an average of almost 14 yards per penalty.
Toby Gerhart actually led all rushers with 67 yards on seven carries, highlighted by a 32-yard run in the fourth quarter.
For the second straight week, tight end John Carlson led the Vikings in receiving, catching five passes for 69 yards.
Jarius Wright doubled his career touchdown total Sunday, catching two TD passes. In his first nine games, Wright had caught just 13 passes for 150 yards. On Sunday, he caught three passes for 69 yards and two scores.
Seattle had nine different receivers catch passes, while the Vikings had eight players with at least one reception.
With Jennings out and Simpson held out the first play after being charged last week with DWI, Cordarrelle Patterson saw his most extensive action of the season. He caught just three passes for 28 yards, but was targeted nine times – the most of any receiver for either team.
Tight end Zach Miller was the only Seahawk to catch more than two passes, and only three players (Miller, Doug Baldwin and Lynch) had more than one reception.
The Vikings had four turnovers in the game. Seattle had none.
Patterson had four kickoff returns for 117 yards, an average of 29.3 yards per return.
Seattle came into the game allowed an amazing 15 yards of total punt return yards through their first 10 games. As hard as it is to believe, they improved. Jon Ryan punted five times for Seattle, but the Vikings called four fair catches and one punt went out of bounds.
The Vikings' leading tacklers on the season – Erin Henderson and Chad Greenway – combined for just 12 tackles Sunday (six each). Safeties Andrew Sendejo and Jamarca Sanford led the team in tackles – Sendejo with 11 and Sanford with seven.
Former Viking Steven Hauschka became the first player this season to score 100 points. With his 11 points Sunday, Hauschka leads the league with 104 points in 11 games.
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