Vikings-Seahawks Game Snapshot

The Vikings will have to deal with some trends that is turning Qwest Field into a real home-field advantage for the Seahawks. Get the series standing, rankings, keys to the game and fast facts as the Vikings prepare to travel to Seattle.


Carolina Panthers (4-2) at Cincinnati Bengals (3-2)
Detroit Lions (1-5) at New York Jets (3-3)
Green Bay Packers (1-4) at Miami Dolphins (1-5)
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-2) at Houston Texans (1-5)
New England Patriots (4-1) at Buffalo Bills (2-4)
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4)
Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (3-2)
San Diego Chargers (4-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-3)
Denver Broncos (4-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-4)
Arizona Cardinals (1-5) at Oakland Raiders (0-5)
Minnesota Vikings (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-1)
Washington Redskins (2-4) at Indianapolis Colts (5-0)
New York Giants (3-2) at Dallas Cowboys (3-2)

Minnesota Vikings (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (4-1)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 4:15 ET
GAMEDATE: 10/22/06
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX, Ron Pitts, Terry Donahue


10th meeting. The Seahawks lead the series 6-3. This will mark the sixth time in franchise history the Vikings have played at Seattle. Minnesota's only win in Seattle came in 1990 at the Kingdome. The teams met for the first time in 1976 when Seattle was an expansion team. The Vikings won that game 27-21 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. Seattle then won the next three meetings.


offense 12th (17th rush, 9th pass); defense 5th (4th rush, 16th pass).

Seahawks: offense 20th (15th rush, 19th pass); defense 15th (6th rush, 28th pass)


The Vikings' first priority has to be to survive the opening stanza. The Seahawks have outscored their opponents 56-6 through the first three quarters at home this season, with Seattle capitalizing on the penalties and errors opposing offenses routinely struggle from in deafening Qwest Field. The crowd should be especially pumped with the return of LG Steve Hutchinson, who signed a controversial offseason deal with the Vikings.

But Minnesota can also take advantage of the hole Hutchinson left. The Vikings allow just 74.4 rushing yards per game while the Seahawks' offensive line has been shaky and doesn't have injured RB Shaun Alexander to block for.

What Minnesota does have to account for is Seattle's three- and four-receiver sets with WR Deion Branch having a bigger impact on a weekly basis as he learns the complex offense. With the Vikings having scored only one more touchdown on offense (four) than on defense (three), Minnesota can't afford to get caught up in a shootout.


Have won three of their past four games immediately following a bye week. ... Have not allowed 20 or more points in six consecutive games.

Seahawks: Have outscored opponents 352-190 during 12-game home winning streak. ... Branch's teams are 13-2 when he catches at least one touchdown pass.

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