Grading the game: Seahawks

The Vikings may have put together their most complete game of the season – maybe even of the Brad Childress era – in their 35-9 win over the Seahawks. They were simply solid all-around.

PASSING OFFENSE: B-plus — Brett Favre continued his MVP-like season with another masterpiece. Before being removed late in the third quarter with the Vikings up 25 points, Favre established a team and personal single-game mark by completing 88 percent of his passes (22 of 25). He also threw four touchdown passes in a game for an NFL-record 22nd time in his career. Favre's touchdown throws went to four different receivers, and while he threw for only 213 yards, his passer rating was 141.7. Favre's play has been outstanding for much of the season, and the Seahawks were the latest defense that had few answers for the Vikings' passing game because they were intent on stopping the run.

RUSHING OFFENSE: B — Nothing outstanding here, but then again the Vikings didn't need to be great on the ground. Adrian Peterson rushed for 82 yards on 24 carries with a long of 16. He went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season at one point but lost yardage on his final series early in the fourth quarter of the blowout to put him at 999 yards entering this week's game against the Bears. The one-sided nature of the Vikings' victory over Seattle meant that Chester Taylor had a season-high 73 yards rushing on 11 carries. Taylor's longest run went for 25 yards. The Vikings did not have a touchdown on the ground, but with Favre and Tarvaris Jackson combining for five touchdown passes, it didn't really matter.

PASS DEFENSE: B — Matt Hasselbeck was only sacked once, but the Seahawks quarterback didn't have much success. Hasselbeck threw for 231 yards with no touchdowns and was intercepted once by a defense that was playing its fourth consecutive game without Pro Bowl CB Antoine Winfield. Former Vikings WR Nate Burleson had six catches for 100 yards, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, whom the Vikings tried to sign as a free agent last offseason, had only 36 yards receiving on four catches. The Seahawks didn't do much damage through the air — their longest play was a 47-yard pass to RB Justin Forsett in the fourth quarter after the game was out of hand — but their passing game was far superior to anything they did on the ground.

RUSH DEFENSE: A — The Vikings have been No. 1 in the NFL in rushing defense the past three seasons, and on Sunday they showed that they still are one of the best at stopping the run. The Seahawks were held to a franchise-low 4 yards on the ground, the second-best day for the Vikings in franchise history when it comes to that category. The Lions had minus-3 yards rushing against the Vikings in December 2006. Forsett gained 9 yards on nine carries, but much of that was lost from the team total because Seneca Wallace was thrown for a 9-yard loss. Overall, Seattle only attempted 13 rushing plays as opposed to 29 passes.

SPECIAL TEAMS: B-plus — The Vikings' most complete performance of the season included an good day on special teams. Rookie Jamarca Sanford might have been the hero for stripping the ball on a second-quarter kickoff return from Seattle's Ben Obomanu. Heath Farwell recovered at the Seahawks' 34-yard line, and the Vikings would go on to score on Favre's 3-yard pass to Bernard Berrian. P Chris Kluwe averaged 43.2 yards gross and 36.6 yards net on five punts with a long of 54 yards.

COACHING: B — Two days after signing a contract extension that will give him security through the 2013 season, Brad Childress challenged his players by asking if they felt they had played their best game of the season. That came during the team meeting on Saturday, and all of the players agreed they had yet to do so. The Vikings then went out and put together one of their best performances in recent memory. Childress seems to be pushing all the right buttons these days, and the Vikings are cruising toward an NFC North title.


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