Overall Game Grade: B
It wasn't always pretty, but the defense got job done. Adrian Peterson was a problem for the first three quarters of the game as he was allowed to rush for 182 of Minnesota's 243 rushing yards. However, his impact was completely nullified by the defensive line harassing Christian Ponder into a puny 63 yards rushing.
When it came down to it, the defense stepped up and shut down the Vikings. Peterson was no longer much of a factor due to the Seattle's lead, so the defense was able to shine. Additionally, there was a beautiful interception by Brandon Browner.
The effort this quarter was much more reminiscent of the first quarter. The defense did a much better job against Peterson, although he still had a couple of nice runs. However, the pressure on Ponder has been consistent and the reason the Seahawks limited Minnesota to a field goal.
Yikes. Peterson is downright dominating the Seahawks defense right now. Defenders fell off AP like raindrops off of a roof. It didn't help that the Vikings scored 10 points and briefly took the lead. However, they were able to get pressure on Christian Ponder to slow the bleeding so a D isn't warranted.
The first drive was horrendous. Adrian Peterson will abuse people, but the defenders were flying around without any semblance of control. However, the unit calmed down and did a much better job tackling afterwards. The defense also forced and recovered a fumble to earn the plus.