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The Seattle Seahawks were busy this offseason, acquiring former Vikings Percy Harvin and Antoine Winfield. Both players were added in an attempt to get over the hump in a deep playoff run in the NFC.
But in late July it was reported that Harvin needed hip surgery, a procedure that likely placed the mercurial receiver on the sidelines against his former team.
Seattle added another wrinkle to this saga by releasing Winfield when making final decisions for its 53-man roster. Winfield has since announced his retirement, but has yet to file his retirement papers.
In keeping up with this ever-changing story, Harvin has since tweeted that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab process, targeting an ambitious goal of Week 7 for his return.
However everything works out, the Minnesota Vikings will still be facing a difficult NFC opponent on the road in Seattle, the same place the Seahawks defeated the Vikings last season 30-20.
Russell Wilson was efficient with three touchdowns and zero interceptions, while only throwing for 173 yards. It was still over 100 yards more than Christian Ponder, who posted a miserable 63 yards through the air, with zero touchdowns and one interception.
Adrian Peterson was a strong performer in the contest, rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns. Marshawn Lynch nearly kept pace with the reigning MVP, recording 124 yards on the ground with one touchdown.
Even with the modest showing by the Seahawks in Week 1 of this season, where they snuck out a 12-7 win against the Carolina Panthers, the team should have the advantage against the Vikings in this game. Expect Seattle to be in full stride by Week 11, with Minnesota struggling to find an answer in this repeat matchup on the road.
Prediction: Vikings 24, Seahawks 30