PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus — Brad Johnson posted a season-high 97.7 quarterback rating, completing 15 of 24 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown. The scoring pass came on a 40-yard strike to Marcus Robinson, who has caught three of Johnson's four touchdowns this season. Johnson managed to avoid throwing an interception for the first time in three games, but he was sacked on four occasions. The Vikings' offensive line had not given up a sack in the past two games. Johnson continues to spread the ball around, connecting with nine receivers. Robinson and running back Chester Taylor led the team with four receptions apiece. One of the best passes of the day was thrown by Mewelde Moore on a halfback option in the third quarter. Moore's touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Wiggins came with the Vikings facing a third-and-15 from the Seattle 15 and gave the Vikings a 17-10 lead.
RUSHING OFFENSE: B — Chester Taylor rushed for a season-high 169 yards on 26 carries, picking up 6.5 yards per pop. Ninety-five of his yards came on the longest touchdown run in Vikings history. Taylor's scoring dash gave the Vikings a comfortable 24-10 lead; he made a couple of nice moves running to the left side, where the expensive tandem of guard Steve Hutchinson and tackle Bryant McKinnie were throwing blocks. Taylor continues to be the Vikings' primary (read: only) real running back threat. Third-down back Mewelde Moore did not have a rushing attempt. Quarterback Brad Johnson, who scrambled three times, and receiver Bethel Johnson, who gained 4 yards on a reverse, accounted for the four other carries.
PASS DEFENSE: B-minus — A 72-yard touchdown pass from Matt Hasselbeck to receiver Darrell Jackson in the first quarter lowered this grade. The Vikings were in a man defense when Hasselbeck called an audible for a slant pass to Jackson; the Vikings should have checked out of their defense but failed to do so and gave up the long score. Jackson had 136 receiving yards on seven catches, the most yardage the Vikings have given up against a single receiver this season. Hasselbeck completed 7 of 17 passes for 127 yards before leaving the game in the third quarter because of a knee injury. Seneca Wallace replaced him and threw for 134 yards (14 of 25) with two interceptions. Hasselbeck and Wallace were each sacked twice.
RUSH DEFENSE: A-minus — The Vikings continue to be dominant in this area. The Seahawks averaged only 2.5 yards per carry and Maurice Morris, subbing for the injured Shaun Alexander, was held to 49 yards on 17 attempts. The tackle tandem of Kevin Williams and Pat Williams is the main reason why opponents are finding it's simply impossible to establish a running game against the Vikings. A team has not rushed for 100 yards against Minnesota since Week 2.
SPECIAL TEAMS: B — Receiver Bethel Johnson took over as the Vikings kick returner and averaged 31 yards on four runbacks. He opened the game with a 49-yard return to put the ball near midfield and set up a Vikings field goal. Running back Mewelde Moore also had a season-high 40-yard punt return. The Vikings did not give up any substantial returns to the Seahawks. Kicker Ryan Longwell made a 33-yard field goal but missed wide right from 46 yards in the third quarter. Longwell has made 13 of 16 field-goal attempts this season.
COACHING: B — Coach Brad Childress got the offense on track in part because of a gutsy call on the halfback option with the score tied at 10 in the third quarter. Childress also showed a willingness to have quarterback Brad Johnson throw the ball downfield at times; that resulted in the 40-yard touchdown pass to receiver Marcus Robinson. Defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin continues to get the most out of his defense while establishing that this is his own version of the Tampa-2. Tomlin threw several blitzes at Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and then backed off when the inexperienced Seneca Wallace replaced Seattle's injured starter in the third quarter.
Grading the Game: Seahawks
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