9th meeting. The Cowboys hold a 5-3 lead in the series, but the Seahawks have won the last two meetings. Most recently, the Seahawks escaped Texas Stadium with a 17-14 victory on Oct. 27, 2002, the day Emmitt Smith became the NFL's all-time rushing king. The teams haven't played in Seattle since the Seahawks claimed a 29-3 victory at Husky Stadium on Dec. 16, 2001. This is the first meeting between the teams at Qwest Field, which opened in 2002.
Seahawks: offense 8th (6th rush, 10th pass); defense 20th (15th rush, 24th pass).
Vikings: offense 3rd (14th rush, 2nd pass); defense 26th (23rd rush, 23rd pass)
KEYS TO THE GAME
Both offenses should have little trouble moving the ball up and down the field, so red-zone production could be the deciding factor. Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper threw three interceptions inside the 20-yard line last Sunday, but look for Minnesota to rely more on RB Onterrio Smith.
The Seahawks are without OLBs Chad Brown and Anthony Simmons and allowed 198 yards to Dallas RB Julius Jones on Monday night.
The biggest factor for the Seahawks could be putting the heartbreaking loss to the Cowboys behind them because Seattle can't afford to come out of the gates slowly. The Seahawks never recovered after falling behind 13-0 in a 34-7 loss in Minnesota last season.