Vikings vs. Seahawks: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Seattle

Marlon Maloney@@marlonmaloneyCorrespondent INovember 17, 2013

Nov 10, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) celebrates a touchdown with guard Lemuel Jeanpierre (61) in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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The Seattle Seahawks put together another game of consistent, strong performances and obliterated the Minnesota Vikings. The defense forced four turnovers in the game and gave the offense a short field for much of the day.

The win gives Seattle a 10-1 record while the division rival San Francisco 49ers fell to 6-4. Percy Harvin had a solid outing in his first game as a Seahawk, with a nice showing on a 17-yard catch and a 58-yard kick return.


Minnesota: 20

Seattle: 41

Seattle Seahawks Game Grades
Position UnitFirst-Half GradeFinal Grade
Pass OffenseAA-
Run OffenseC-C+
Pass DefenseCA-
Run DefenseAB+
Special TeamsAA
vs. Vikings Week 11

Final Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson was pulled from action early in the fourth quarter of this rout. He finished the day with 230 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Miller ended up leading in receptions with four for 69 yards. Golden Tate didn't have a catch until late, but it didn't seem to matter.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch finished the day with three total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and 63 yards from scrimmage. The team didn't need much in terms of rushing yardage thanks to Minnesota's turnovers.

Pass Defense: After passing for 114 yards in the first half, Christian Ponder threw for just 15 yards and two interceptions in the second half before being benched. Matt Cassell came in and promptly threw an interception, a garbage-time touchdown and 78 yards. 

Run Defense: Adrian Peterson never had an opportunity to get going, ending his day with 65 yards on 21 carries. Toby Gerhart stepped in and piled up 67 yards on seven carries, with a long of 32 yards. Most of the rushing yardage came late, when the game was well over.

Special Teams: Hauschka nailed both of his field-goal attempts today. Jon Ryan had another quality day of punting, averaging 41.6 yards per punt. The coverage units did a good job of keeping Cordarrelle Patterson from making any game-changing returns and got solid returns from the various returners used in the game.

Coaching: Pete Carroll did a good job of instilling the importance of playing a complete game to his players, with his demeanor and the way he coached the game. Poor performances against the Rams and Buccaneers appear to have lit a fire under the Seattle coaching staff's collective rear end. 

Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) is congratulated by Seattle Seahawks center Max Unger (60) and Seattle Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini (68) after making a touchdown reception against the Minnesota Vikings
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 First-Half Analysis for the Seattle Seahawks

Pass Offense: Russell Wilson's ability to extend plays by moving out of the pocket has been on display again in a surprisingly close game. He's only been sacked once so far, and has completed nine of his 12 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown. Doug Baldwin stands out from the rest of the pack with two catches for 63 yards. Percy Harvin made a nice grab for a 17-yard gain and drew a pass interference call, while Wilson has spread the ball to seven different targets.

Run Offense: Marshawn Lynch's rushing numbers aren't impressive, but he's helped the team convert on third downs and has two touchdowns in the half. Wilson is yet to scramble for a gain and Robert Turbin has just one carry for no gain. Seattle will need to get a little more production out of its ground game or the Vikings may be able to hang around.

Pass Defense: Richard Sherman has had a rough start to the game after taking a long pass interference penalty and then being beaten for a 38-yard touchdown pass. The two plays led directly to 10 of Minnesota's points. Christian Ponder has had a solid start to the half, throwing for 114 yards and the latter score. On the plus side, Seattle has gotten consistent pressure on the quarterback and racked up two sacks.

Run Defense: Adrian Peterson hasn't been able to break any long runs and has been held to 35 yards on 14 carries. The Seattle front seven looks determined to force Ponder to be the one to beat them, and it's working so far.

Special Teams: Jermaine Kearse suffered a concussion and Percy Harvin was inserted into game as a kick returner in his place. On his first return, with less than a minute remaining in the half, Harvin returned a kick 58 yards to set up a touchdown drive. Steven Hauschka nailed a 50-yard field goal and the coverage units have held serve against the dangerous Cordarrelle Patterson.

Coaching: The Seahawks look primed for another complete game and the return of Percy Harvin has given the team a spark in terms of energy. The coaching staff will look for ways to confuse Ponder a bit more because he's completing 69 percent of his passes, but otherwise, this game appears well in hand.


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