If the NFL season ended today, the Vikings and the Seahawks would be your NFC wild card teams; but with three 6-6 teams lapping at their heels, they know they can’t afford to lose winnable games from here on out.
For Minnesota, that means reversing a trend. They have lost two of three since their Week 10 bye, squeaking out a one-score victory against the reeling Packers in Minnesota between losses to the Bears and Patriots. A second game against the Bears looms large on the schedule.
Seattle has won three straight, with one-score victories against the Packers and in Carolina prior to last week’s rout of the 49ers. They face the Kansas City Chiefs in between games versus the Cardinals and 49ers to end the regular season.
With one tough game and two games against lesser opponents for each team, this Week 14 matchup could decide which one of these clubs continue into the postseason.
Expect the Seahawks’ 12th man to play a role as the Vikings offense, and particularly Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen, look to get back on track.
Injuries and notes
Cornerback Trae Waynes suffered his second concussion of the season and could miss Monday night’s game for the Vikings.
Seattle placed CJ Prosise on injured reserve limiting the running back committee Pete Carroll seems to be leaning toward.
Guard DJ Fluker will probably miss the game after suffering a hamstring injury last week.
Linebacker KJ Wright and fullback Tre Madden are also questionable for Seattle.
Pete Carroll continues to receive praise for the way he handled the massive turnover in personnel this season. His early-season shift to a run-first mentality makes the Seahawks the only team in the league to run more than they pass.
Fans in Minnesota are hoping their offensive coordinator, John Defilippo takes note of that. The Vikings ran less than 20 times last week for the fifth time this season. They are 0-5 in those games. Head coach Mike Zimmer has his own problems tweaking his defense and special teams. But he says he’s been talking to his offensive play-caller about some things in hopes of kick-starting the unit in time for a playoff push.
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Who will win the Seahawks-Vikings game?
Minnesota knows they have to correct a few more flaws if they are to maintain control over their playoff destiny. With a healthy Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray, there is no reason they can’t launch a running attack similar to last season’s, even with a suspect offensive line. With the receiving threats they have, play action should work all day.
But they might have to settle for winning three of their last four games. The Vikings are 2-9 on the road against playoff teams in Mike Zimmer’s tenure. It is too much to expect they will fix all their flaws against a Seahawks team that is coming together in all aspects of their game.