The Viking Ship - Seahawks... Tastes like chicken.
By: Christopher Torola
This weekends game between the Vikings and the Seahawks looks like another in a line of easy wins for the Vikings. Seattle's offensive line has had some well documented issues. although they are starting to get healthy. They are still in the bottom 3rd when it comes to protecting their quarterback, meanwhile the Vikings are number 1 in the NFL when it comes to sacks. The Seahawks will also be looking to 2nd year running back Justin Forsett, who had his best game as a pro last week when Julius Jones went down due to injury.
Before I move on to the Vikings offense against the Seattle defense, I would like to point out T.J. Houshmandzadeh's propensity to make stupid statements. Most recently he told his head coach that, "They would not lose another game this year". During the offseason when looking for a home after deciding not to re-sign with the Bengals, Housh was mainly deciding between two suiters for his services. The Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks. In the end he obviously chose Seattle. He said he made the choice because "...he wanted to win." Between the 3 teams, it looks like he made the worst possible choice; however, I am sure he is comforted by the roughly $8,000,000 he will me making for the next 5 years.
The Seahawks rank 5th in the NFL in run defense; although, this stat may be slightly misleading since they rank 26th against the pass. Both the Vikings passing and running games should shine in this matchup. Starting cornerback for the Seahawks, Josh Wilson, is likely to miss this game with a concussion. I expect multiple passing touchdowns from Bret Favre, as well as a 100 yards game from Adrian Peterson.
Sidney Rice is coming off his best performance as a Viking, in which he had 7 catches for 201 yards. He was name the offensive player of the week and continues to emerge as a star this year. Make sure not to overlook him when you vote for your pro-bowlers this year.
Rookie of the year candidate Percy Harvin also continues to impress. He is averaging almost 50 yards a game offensively in addition to jump starting Viking drives on kick off returns. All that is very impressive, but possibly most impressive, the rookie has 23 first downs on the year as he has excelled at moving the chains.
Look for another week in which the Vikings high flying offense, number 2 overall,will put up plenty of points, propelling the team to win by 10 or 14 points.