Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks: First Quarter Open Thread

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-7) WK 11 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-1)

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Date: 17 November 2013
Location: Seattle, WA
Time: 3:25 PM Central Stadium: CenturyLink Field
TV: FOX
DirecTV Ch 715
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 228 (SEA)
Sirius Ch 94
TV Announcers: Chris Myers
Tim Ryan
Know Thy Foe: Field Gulls
Line: Seattle -13, O/U 45.5 (thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Seahawks 41, Vikings 24
Final Score:


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Before I get too far into this, I want to apologize to you folks and the readers from Field Gulls for my lack of involvement this past week. Between getting ready to move again here soon and a few other things, there's been a lot going on over on this end, and I haven't devoted the sort of energy to this game that it deserves. Not that those are legitimate excuses, but those are the best I have at the present time.

With that, let's take a look at what the Minnesota Vikings need to do if they want to harbor any hopes of pulling an upset against the prohibitive Super Bowl favorite in the NFC, the Seattle Seahawks.

1) Get Adrian Peterson going early - The Seattle defense is one of the best in the league, but they aren't as great against the run as they are against the pass, as they're only 15th in the NFL against the run. A couple of weeks ago in Seattle, they allowed 158 yards rushing to. . .Mike James? (Does he know what the five fingers said to the face?) Anyway, if the Vikings are going to make any hay this afternoon, it will have to be on the back of #28. The Seahawks are #1 in the NFL against the pass, and the Vikings' pass offense is. . .yeah, I don't want to talk about this any more.

2) Limit turnovers - Only one team in the NFL (the New York Giants) has more giveaways than the Vikings. Only one team in the NFL (the Kansas City Chiefs) has more takeaways than the Seahawks. Put the two together, and it reads like a recipe for disaster. The Seahawks already have a pretty decided advantage over the Vikings. . .Minnesota doesn't have to make it worse by repeatedly handing the ball back to Seattle with a short field. As you'd expect when a 2-7 team takes on a 9-1 team, the 2-7 team will have to play almost perfect to win, and that's the case here.

3) Get lucky - To pull off an upset, a team needs to get a couple of breaks here and there. . .whether it's a fluke bounce or whatever it might be, the Vikings are going to have to have lady luck on their side if they're going to pull out a victory in this one.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to view this game as it happens live, as I will be at work (where my NFL GamePass will do me no good). However, I will have access to the site, and will be putting up the second, third, and fourth quarter threads as we move along. My input on the game, however, will be a bit limited. I'll be following along as best I can.

Hopefully everyone can enjoy this one, and who knows. . .maybe something weird will happen in the Pacific Northwest this afternoon.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!

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