Vikings-Seahawks game scout

Get the weekend slate of games and the vitals for the Vikings-Seahawks game – keys to the game and notes and quotes from the teams.

San Diego Chargers (6-3) at Denver Broncos (6-3)
San Francisco 49ers (4-5) at Green Bay Packers (5-4)
Cleveland Browns (1-8) at Detroit Lions (1-8)
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-7)
Cincinnati Bengals (7-2) at Oakland Raiders (2-7)
Indianapolis Colts (9-0) at Baltimore Ravens (5-4)
New York Jets (4-5) at New England Patriots (6-3)
Buffalo Bills (3-6) at Jacksonville Jaguars (5-4)
New Orleans Saints (9-0) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8)
Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) at Chicago Bears (4-5)
Arizona Cardinals (6-3) at St. Louis Rams (1-8)
Seattle Seahawks (3-6) at Minnesota Vikings (8-1)
Atlanta Falcons (5-4) at New York Giants (5-4)
Washington Redskins (3-6) at Dallas Cowboys (6-3)
Tennessee Titans (3-6) at Houston Texans (5-4)

Seattle Seahawks (3-6) at Minnesota Vikings (8-1)
GAMEDATE: 11/22/09
SURFACE: FieldTurf
TV: FOX (Dick Stockton, Charles Davis)


Vikings QB Brett Favre is successfully exploiting defenses that stack the box against RB Adrian Peterson, and the Seahawks face a similar dilemma as they did with Arizona's Kurt Warner last week. Favre has the quick release to beat blitzes for big plays, but the Seahawks don't generate enough pressure with a three- or four-man front to successfully play back in zone coverage.

The Vikings' defense can put Seattle in a bind if it can bottle up RB Justin Forsett with starter Julius Jones (chest) out. In long passing downs QB Matt Hasselbeck will have little time behind a poor pass-blocking line.

Need to know: Favre has extended his NFL record to 300 consecutive starts. ... Seattle is 0-4 and allowing an average of 31.5 points on the road.


  • Pro Bowl LG Steve Hutchinson spent the first five years (2001-05) of his career with the Seahawks before jumping to the Vikings as a free agent in 2006. Hutchinson signed a controversial seven-year, $49 million deal with Minnesota when the Seahawks put the transition tag on him and not the more-restrictive franchise tag. The Vikings included a poison pill in the deal that made it virtually impossible for Seattle to match the offer.

  • QB Brett Favre will reach 500 career touchdowns (rushing and passing) with five more TDs. With one passing touchdown, Favre would move into a second-place tie with Jeff George and Warren Moon for the most passing scores in his first season with the Vikings. Favre has 17 passing TDs this season.

  • Favre was a teammate of Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck during the latter's first three seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (1998-2000).

  • Favre has played against Seattle twice in the postseason. In 2003, he led a comeback victory over the Seahawks in the first round as he threw for 319 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. In 2007, he threw three touchdowns and no interceptions in the divisional round.

  • DE Jared Allen got his lone career interception off Seneca Wallace against Seattle on Oct. 29, 2006, while with the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • RB Chester Taylor had the longest play from scrimmage in franchise history with a 95-yard touchdown run on Oct. 22, 2006, in Seattle. Taylor finished the game with a career-high 169 yards rushing, which is tied for the eighth best single-game performance.

  • In the Vikings' four victories in the series, they have never surrendered more than 21 points and gave up an average of 15.5 points.


  • Veteran safety Lawyer Milloy played the most snaps he's seen all season defensively against Arizona last week, as the Seahawks went with more six- and seven-defensive back sets against the pass-oriented Cardinals.

    "Lawyer Milloy plays the game the way the game is supposed to be played," coach Jim Mora said. "He's hard. He's physical. He's tough. He's passionate, and he takes it very seriously. And we're always trying to get guys like that on the field and create roles for them. And we were able to do that last week."

    Mora went on to say the four-time Pro Bowler has accepted his role as a part-time player for the Seahawks, but as a competitor Mora understands that Milloy wants to be on the field, and the Tacoma native has earned more time.

    "I was pretty clear when I signed him that his role was to come in and be a backup safety and play special teams," Mora said. "And be there if and when we needed him in whatever role, and he said ‘I'm fine with that.' And he continues to be. But that doesn't mean he doesn't want to be on the field, because he does."

  • The switch of Brandon Mebane from more of a nose tackle to a pass rush guy on the inside hasn't exactly gone as planned for Seattle. Mebane tied for team lead in sacks last season with Darryl Tapp with 5 1/2, but only has one sack so far this season.

    "(He's been) good in the run, but (we'd) would love to see more production in the pass game," Seahawks head coach Jim Mora said. "He works at it very hard, but we just haven't got the production yet.

    "You see some really good rushes, but we just haven't had the finish yet. So I'd say we're still a little incomplete there. He does some really good things in the run game. We're looking for a little bit more in the pass, and we've got to help him that way."

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