Vikings vs. Seahawks: Takeaways from Seattle's 41-20 Win over Minnesota
The Seattle Seahawks were able to manhandle the Minnesota Vikings by the score of 41-20. The Seahawks shut down the Minnesota offense with four takeaways, and the Seattle offense put up over 40 points for the second time this season.
The Seahawks now get a week off before hosting the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. Before everyone moves on to a much-needed week off, here are eight takeaways from this week's blowout win over the Vikings.
All stats taken form ESPN.com.
Slow Starts No Longer a Problem
After weeks of the Seahawks starting slowly in games, they seem to have figured it out. For the second straight week, the Seahawks were able to get off to a quick start in the first quarter.
The Seahawks were able to score on two of their three drives in the first quarter as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead. Wilson was 4-of-5 for 81 yards, including a big 44-yard pass to wide receiver Doug Baldwin at that point.
Seattle's Run Defense Is No Longer a Concern
Seattle's run defense struggled greatly in Week 8 and Week 9, giving up a combined 405 yards on the ground. They rebounded last week against Atlanta, but the Falcons are last in the league in rushing. Adrian Peterson and the Vikings offered a true test for this defense to see if it'd solved its problems in stopping the run.
The Seahawks held Peterson to just 65 yards on 21 carries. They have clearly fixed the problems that caused them to struggle against the run earlier in the season.
Percy Harvin Will Make the Offense Better
The Seahawks only gave everyone a small glimpse of what wide receiver Percy Harvin will bring to their offense. Harvin only played a few plays, but it was easy for fans to get excited about what they saw.
Harvin can stretch the field better than any of their other offensive weapons. His ability to get open regularly and pick up considerable yards after the catch will only make Seattle's offense better.
Marshawn Lynch Can Carry This Offense
The basic stats aren't all that impressive: Lynch had just 54 yards on 17 carries. That's just 3.2 yards per carry.
What makes the number impressive is how they were earned. The Vikings stacked the line of scrimmage to try to stop the run, and Lynch was forced to bounce off defenders behind the line on almost every run.
Lynch finished the game with three touchdowns, which was a nice reward from the hard work done between the tackles.
Healthy Offensive Linemen Didn't Help
The Seahawks got starting center Max Unger and starting tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacomini back this week. Unfortunately, it didn't help the blocking problems for the Seahawks nearly as much as they'd hoped it would. It was better, but there were still problems, especially on the right side of the line.
Quarterback Russell Wilson was under pressure at times, and the run blocking was fairly poor throughout the game. The Seahawks need to use the bye week to get this problem fixed and ready for the stretch run and the playoffs.
Carroll on Okung and Breno: "Both the tackles were rusty. I don't think they had their best game."— Dave Softy Mahler (@Softykjr) November 18, 2013
Russell Wilson Makes Plays
With Lynch and the running game bottled up for most of the game, it was up to Wilson to make plays for the offense. That is exactly what happened.
Wilson threw just 18 passes against the Vikings. He completed 13 of them for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson was able to help the Seattle offense get points on four of its five drives in the first half, including a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.
Russell Wilson, makes plays.— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLONFOX) November 17, 2013
Seattle's Penalty Problem Won't Go Away
Seattle's penalty problem just won't go away. The Seahawks were flagged seven times for 96 yards and gave up three first downs in penalties on drives that would have otherwise been stopped.
The Seahawks have to find a way to get this penalty problem under control. Giving up almost 100 yards in penalties is the type of thing that can prevent them from winning once the playoffs begins.
The Seahawks Need Their Bye Week Now
The Seahawks had a bunch of starters return from injury this week, but they still had 16 players on their injury report. They also lost wide receiver Jermaine Kearse to a concussion and had a bunch of other players pick up minor injuries throughout the game.
The Seahawks desperately need this bye week to try to get healthy before their final five games and the playoffs.