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May 14, 19 at 08:47pm
SEATTLE (AP) — eattle Seahawks sit in the NFC standings Marcus Epps Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , Monday night’s matchup might as well carry a playoff title.NFC play-in game? NFC elimination game?“I think going on the road with that crowd and the type of football team that they are, I think yeah, a little bit. These next four games will determine what we do and where we go and how we perform in the clutch. Yeah, I guess you could say that,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.The Seahawks (7-5) host the Vikings (6-5-1) in a meeting filled with playoff implications. The Seahawks won’t be able to catch the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC West, but their three-game win streak has them sitting in the No. 5 spot in the NFC playoff picture going into the final quarter of the season, with three of their final four games at home.It’s far from a foregone conclusion Seattle is headed to the postseason after missing the playoffs last year. But a win over the Vikings would be a huge step in locking up a postseason berth.“Keeping your head down and grinding is really what it’s all about at this point,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said. “We’re upbeat and we’re positive. We know that we can win every game and we’re going out to get that done.”If the Vikings want a chance at catching Chicago in the NFC North race, a win in Seattle is almost a must. Far easier said than done, especially when it comes to night games. Seattle is 15-2 at home in Thursday, Sunday or Monday night games dating to Carroll’s arrival in 2010.Minnesota is currently in the No. 6 spot in the NFC and its tie earlier this season against Green Bay could end up being a hindrance — or a benefit. The Vikings are a half-game ahead of Philadelphia, Washington and Carolina entering the week.“It’s big. It’s very big. It’s a road game. We want to go out there and put a full game together as a whole team on the road,” Vikings RB Dalvin Cook said. “This is another game to go out there and do that to show that we’re still in this thing. We’re still fighting. We’ve got to just put it together.”Here’s what else to watch as the teams face for the first time since the 2015 NFC wild-card game:RUSSELL’S ROLLIs anyone going to be able to slow down the efficiency of Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson?Through 12 games, Wilson has 29 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He’s thrown at least two TD passes in eight straight games and 11 of 12 this season. Last week against San Francisco, Wilson had three touchdowns passes onfour completions in the first half.And it’s not just underneath throws or short passes that are turning into touchdowns. Wilson has six TD tosses of 30 or more yards.“He is moving around a little bit. The guys take off. They are second in the league in red-zone touchdown percentage Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 ,” Zimmer said. “A lot of that has been obviously they run the ball well. He moves in the pocket and guys get open. They’ve had some guys where they had been pretty open, too.”PLAYING CATCHMinnesota’s Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs are the only receiver duo in the NFC each with more than 80 catches. Thielen has 98 receptions and Diggs has 84. They’ll be facing a pass defense that has been struggling of late, allowing 315 yards per game passing over the past three weeks.REVENGE GAMERevenge might be a strong word, but Minnesota defensive tackles Sheldon Richardson and Tom Johnson might have a little bit more incentive for the game. Richardson played for Seahawks last season before signing with Minnesota in free agency. Seattle couldn’t match the money offered by the Vikings, so Richardson found a new home in Minnesota.Johnson’s situation is a bit stranger. He signed as a free agent with Seattle during the offseason with the intent of being part of the defensive line rotation. He started Week 1 with Seattle, then was released before the Week 2 game at Chicago because of Seattle’s need for a roster spot. The Seahawks believed they would be able to re-sign him the following week, but Johnson chose to return to Minnesota and rejoin the Vikings, the team he had spent the previous four seasons with.Johnson has played in nine games with the Vikings and has 3 ½ sacks.WINNING RECORDCarroll already owns the team record for most victories, regular season and playoffs combined. He can claim the franchise record for most regular-season wins with his next victory. Carroll is currently tied with Mike Holmgren for the top spot with 86 regular-season wins.Asked if he had a regular season win that stuck out, Carroll immediately went to a 2012 overtime victory at Chicago. It was the start of a five-game win streak to close the regular season that got Seattle into the playoffs.“We haven’t been the same since,” Carroll said. On Sunday afternoon at Ford Field, the action got started with the Minnesota Vikings winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half, meaning that the Detroit Lions would be getting the football to start things off. Dan Bailey put his foot to the ball and it flew through the end zone for a touchback, giving Matthew Stafford and the Detroit offense the ball at their own 25 to start things off. LeGarrette Blount started things off with a four-yard run for the home team, and Zach Zenner followed it up with a nice gain to set up a 3rd-and-1. Zenner then patiently waited for a hole to open up and blew through it for a big gain of 29 yards Trae Waynes Jersey , going all the way down to the Minnesota 37.Matthew Stafford then fired incomplete for Kenny Golladay, and Anthony Barr dropped Blount for a loss of three to make it third-and-long. A short screen to Theo Riddick was dropped for a loss by Eric Wilson, and that brought Sam Martin in to punt it away. Martin got an excellent punt away, and outstanding coverage by the Lions’ special teams downed the ball at the Minnesota 2-yard line.Kirk Cousins led the Vikings offense onto the field deep in their own territory, and a false start on Tom Compton got things started. (Not that they had that far to be pushed back.) Cousins started with a sneak to try to give the offense a bit more room, but only got a yard out of it. C.J. Ham then gave it a try, but only managed another yard to make it 3rd-and-9. Cousins threw short for Stefon Diggs on third down, and the Vikings wound up with a three-and-out. Matt Wile came in to punt the ball away, and the ball was nearly given away by Lions’ returner Jamal Agnew, but he recovered the ball at the Detroit 43-yard line.Stafford and company got the drive started with a pass to Golladay for a gain of 21 yards, and the Lions were right back into Minnesota territory at the 36. Blount then carried for a gain of five, and Zenner was stopped for a short gain to bring up another third down for the home team. Danielle Hunter then took down Theo Riddick for no gain, and the Lions brought on Matt Prater to attempt a 47-yard field goal. Prater, as he does, split the uprights Eric Kendricks Jersey , and the Lions took an early 3-0 lead.Martin’s kickoff went through the end zone for a touchback, giving the Vikings the ball at their own 25. The drive started with Dalvin Cook’s first carry of the afternoon, and he picked up four yards. Cousins then fired for Diggs again, but it went off his hands for an incompletion to bring up 3rd-and-6. The Vikings went with a draw to Cook. . .strangely enough. . .and he was stopped well short of the line to gain for another three-and-out. Wile came in to punt again, and Agnew returned the punt to his own 32-yard line.Blount started the drive with a carry for four yards, and Stafford then completed a pass to Riddick for a first down. Stafford then threw incomplete for Blount, and Zenner was then stopped for a short gain to bring up 3rd-and-8. Stafford then found Golladay for a first down, and then completed a pass to Levine Toilolo to move the sticks again to the Minnesota 30.Harrison Smith dropped Blount for a loss on the ensuing first down, and Stafford threw incomplete for Blount on a screen. On 3rd-and-13, Mackensie Alexander dropped Riddick for another loss of yards, and the Lions called on Martin to punt it away again. This one took a Minnesota bounce and rolled to the Vikings’ 13-yard line.The drive started with a short pass to Latavius Murray for two yards, and Cook was stopped for no gain to bring up another third-and-long for the Minnesota offense. Cousins was then sacked by Nevin Lawson for a loss of six and a third consecutive three-and-out. The quarter ended before the Matt Wile punt.As we move to the second quarter, the Vikings appear to be sleepwalking, as they trail the Detroit Lions by a score of 3-0. Are they eventually going to wake up here?