Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Adrian Peterson is running like an absolute animal, generating 144 yards with a few minutes left in the first half of this game, and even Percy Harvin had a nice run with a little bit of attitude.

The run, run, run type of offense being ran set the Vikings up at Seattle’s 14 with a first down and they seemed to be knocking on the door of a touchdown.

A short pass to Toby Gerhart followed by a horribly inaccurate short incompletion towards Harvin set Christian Ponder up with a third down attempt where he got blown up in the backfield, ending our hopes of a third touchdown.

A Blair Walsh field goal put the Vikings up by three.

Run, Musgrave, run.

Following Sidney Rice’s gimme touchdown, the Vikings were able to move the ball efficiently (with help from a pass interference call) and Ponder looked a little improved over his couple of first drives.

Adrian Peterson, however, continues to steal the show and tied the game at 14 with a forceful four yard run on second and goal.

Just a little ways into the second quarter, Peterson has rushed 10 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

After the Vikings went for seven in the opening drive by riding the shoulders of Adrian Peterson, things got a whole lot less good for Minnesota.

After forcing Seattle to punt because of their own inability to catch a football, the Vikings failed passing attempt on first down eventually led to a third and long attempt.  Bill Musgrave opted to hand the ball to Percy Harvin who was stripped of the football while trying to stretch the play for a first down.  Seattle recovered and Golden Tate caught a touchdown in front of A.J. Jefferson at the end of the drive.

The Vikings were unable to do much, despite Peterson’s best efforts, on the following drive.  For some reason, Christian Ponder is still allowed to roll to his right, which suggests to me that perhaps nobody in Winter Park watches any game tape of themselves… ever.  Nothing good seems to happen when he roles to his right.

The Seahawks seem able to move the ball well against this Vikings defense, even with Sidney Rice throwing passes, and that needs to change if the Vikings want to come out of this with a road win.  Sidney Rice, with about three minutes left in the first quarter, caught a third down touchdown to put the Seahawks up by seven.

While there is no live chat today here at VT, I am going to try and provide some updates from time to time throughout the afternoon.

First up is the Vikings first drive going for a touchdown, putting them up 7-0 in under two minutes of play in Seattle.

On the first drive, Adrian Peterson looked to be at his best when he ripped off a 74 yard run to set the Viking sup at the goalline after getting caught from behind.  After a failed attempt from Christian Ponder to pass for the score, Peterson punched it in on the next play.

I said it before the game, and I’ll say it again, running is going to be the key to seeing offensive success in Seattle.  Dial up lots of it, Musgrave, and hope for similar results.

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Here are the inactives for today’s matchup in Seattle:

VIKINGS:  QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson, WR Stephen Burton, WR Jarius Wright, LB Audie Cole, OL Mark Asper, TE John Carlson, and S Mistral Raymond.

SEAHAWKS:  WR Braylon Edwards, S Winston Guy, CB Byron Maxwell, OL Mike Person, G James Carpenter, DT Jason Jones, and DT Jaye Howard.

The Vikings have decided to go with only four wide recievers in Seattle, activating newly signed tight end Allen Reisner over either Burton or Wright, which could easily come back to bite them.  Reisner is apparently needed because former Seahawk John Carlson has been unable to make his return after suffering a concussion.

Raymond, who some speculated might play today, will have to wait at least another week to unseat Jamarca Sanford as a starting safety.

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