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Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings Recap: Vikings Throttled By Seahawks, 38-7

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On Sunday, the Minnesota Vikings had an opportunity to make a real statement against the defending NFC champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Given recent history, what do you suppose happened?

The odds are pretty good that you're right.

The Vikings got absolutely thrashed in every facet of the game on Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium, losing to the Seahawks by a score of 38-7.

Seattle got on the board first, as the Seahawks took advantage of a Minnesota defense that missed a lot of tackles and couldn't get third down stops to put up points. Thomas Rawls found the end zone from five yards out, and the Steven Hauschka extra point gave the Seahawks a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter. They would later increase their lead to 14-0 on an eight-yard touchdown run by Russell Wilson. That drive was helped by a couple of questionable calls, none worse than a roughing the passer penalty on Brian Robison that came when he made a perfectly legal tackle on Russell Wilson.

Late in the second quarter, Teddy Bridgewater attempted to hit Stefon Diggs on a longer pass, but overthrew him and was intercepted by Earl Thomas. Thomas took the ball back to the Minnesota 20 (following a penalty), and on the next play Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 20-yard touchdown pass to give the Seahawks a 21-0 lead.

Seattle got more points on their first possession of the third quarter as well, as Wilson hit a short pass to the venerable Fred Jackson for a 5-yard touchdown pass to make the score 28-0. Wilson appeared to have a 53-yard touchdown run that was called back for holding, but it didn't matter to Seattle, as Wilson found Doug Baldwin again for a 53-yard touchdown pass to put the score up to 35-0 in favor of the road team.

Minnesota then got their lone highlight of the afternoon, as Cordarrelle Patterson took the next kickoff a yard deep in the end zone, flew around the right side, and took it to the end zone for a 101-yard kick return. That made the score 35-7 just before they went to the fourth quarter. Seattle added a Steven Hauschka field goal midway through the fourth quarter to make the score 38-7, and that's how it ended. The Seahawks even brought Tarvaris Jackson in at the end of the game just to make sure the Vikings knew just how badly they had gotten hammered in this one.

The Vikings' stat sheet is incredibly ugly, as you'd expect. Bridgewater completed 17-of-28 passes for just 118 yards and an interception. Adrian Peterson also did next to nothing, as he carried the ball just five times for 18 yards. Mike Wallace. . .yes, that Mike Wallace. . .was the leading receiver for Minnesota, catching two passes for 43 yards.

The Seahawks, on the other hand, beat the Vikings just about any way they felt like doing so. Russell Wilson completed 21-of-27 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns, and threw in a rushing score for good measure. Thomas Rawls carried the ball 19 times for 101 yards, and Doug Baldwin had five catches for 94 yards and two of Wilson's touchdown passes.

The Vikings will fall to 8-4, and there's no time to rest for Minnesota, as they'll travel to play the Arizona Cardinals (10-2) this Thursday night. The Seahawks move to 7-5, and will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens (4-8).

The Minnesota Vikings got absolutely hammered on Sunday afternoon by the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 38-7 at TCF Bank Stadium. Thank you to everyone that got their coverage of this weekend's action right here at The Daily Norseman!