Seahawks keep rolling along, put away Vikings

AP

With Sunday’s 41-20 win against the Vikings, the Seahawks became the first NFL team to reach 10 wins this season. The 10-1 Seahawks also pulled 3.5 games ahead of nemesis San Francisco, which lost at New Orleans to fall to 6-4.

Now, the Seahawks get 15 days off before hosting the 8-2 Saints on Monday, December 2, a game that could decide homefield advantage in the NFC playoffs.

Turnovers dashed any hope of the 2-8 Vikings surprising the Seahawks in Seattle. Quarterback Christian Ponder was picked twice in a little less than two minutes in the fourth quarter, with one interception setting up a touchdown and the other directly returned for a score by cornerback Walter Thurmond. Ponder was then pulled for Matt Cassel, who threw an interception on his first possession.

In this sequence — which took less than minutes off the game clock at the start of the fourth quarter — Seattle extended a 24-13 lead to a 41-13 margin.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was sharp in victory, completing 13-of-18 passes for 230 yards and two TDs. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for two scores and caught a TD on a little flip pass from Wilson, too.

The Seahawks also got a positive contribution from wide receiver Percy Harvin, who appeared in his first game for Seattle after hip surgery. Harvin, formerly of Minnesota, caught the only pass thrown to him, and it was a beauty, as he batted the ball to himself with his right hand and secured the reception on a third-down play in the second quarter. That drive would end in Lynch’s second TD run.

Then, in the final minute of the first half, Harvin broke away for a 58-yard kickoff return, which set up Seattle at the Minnesota 46. Five plays later, Wilson connected with wideout Doug Baldwin for a 19-yard TD with 10 seconds left in the quarter. The score gave the Seahawks a 24-13 cushion, and the NFC West leaders never trailed by double-digits thereafter.

Wide receiver Jarius Wright scored both of Minnesota’s touchdowns — a 38-yarder in the second quarter and a 21-yarder in the fourth quarter. However, there weren’t many highlights for the Vikings’ offense. Adrian Peterson was held to 65 yards rushing, and Ponder again made too many mistakes.

48 responses to “Seahawks keep rolling along, put away Vikings

  1. If we assume every near-pick was actually intercepted:
    Ponder: 3 picks (one was Peterson’s fault), sacked 3 times, 1 beautiful TD pass. Immense pressure and hurries.
    Cassel: 3 picks, sacked 0 times, 1 beautiful TD. No pressure.

    Difference is Ponder played against the 1’s, Cassel played against the 2’s.

    Cassel is not even close to Ponder even with 4x the experience. Freeman is done in the NFL with his sub 40% completion rate
    Lets just ride out with Ponder and see how he fares for the rest of the year. If he loses everything, we draft a new QB. If he plays well like against the Cowboys and Redskins, we revamp this terrible O-line that is killing Peterson too. Give the kid a shot, he’s lost some ribs and a shoulder to this high-school O-line this season alone.

  2. ah ha haa ha … so original on the PED comments thepftpoet. that is very old news but I guess it is easier for you to focus on stale news than the very current fact that your whiners are doing so hot right now.

  3. Seahawks 10-1 going into the bye week. Okung, Breno, Unger and Harvin all got some time to click on the field which will be big for NO in a few weeks.

    Hawk fans think some of these posters need new material? But I guess you can’t fix lame.

  4. thepftpoet says:
    Nov 17, 2013 9:48 PM
    The Seahawks look extremely focused.

    The Adderol must be kickin’ in…

    __________________________________

    Your posts don’t rhyme. For a poet you kinda suck. That’s alright, that’s okay; Seahawks won anyway…see, that’s how it’s done.

  5. hey losers…you can hate on us all you want…
    10-1 says it all …
    you wish your team was this good…
    go hawks …
    and ha ha ha ha ha

  6. PFT Poet –

    You’re seriously creepy.

    You post on every team’s thread, making some overplayed, outdated remark that every nerd troll on the internet has used to the point of cliche.

    Only you do it on EVERY SINGLE POST.

    It’s creepy. Like “it puts the lotion on it’s skin” creepy.

  7. thepftpoet says:
    Nov 17, 2013 10:23 PM
    Do you stalk me?

    You check every single post to check if I wrote something?

    Sounds like Seahawks fans are more obsessed with me 🙂

    ___________________

    It’s not stalking you – I read PFT quite often. I look at the comments. On every post, I come across something that is just 100% creepy and weird and overload troll.

    Also, you just used a smiley face. That’s the creepiest thing you could have done when being called creepy.

  8. Not bad Johneerocket,
    More accurate to traditional haiku would be;

    Field of leaves or snow
    From North to South East to West
    Seahawk first to ten

    Haiku “should” have reference to the season

    I don’t know Japanese so I have no idea whether the translation would fit the precise “on”

  9. Hawks playing as well as 10-1 record would indicate. Great timing for the bye week. No doubt our boys will rock-n-roll Monday night against d’em Saints. Seattle’s gonna party in full view for MNF. Bring it on. Gotcha Forty-whiners. Go Hawks!

  10. thepftpoet says:
    Nov 17, 2013 10:23 PM
    Do you stalk me?

    You check every single post to check if I wrote something?

    Sounds like Seahawks fans are more obsessed with me 🙂
    ******************

    Obsessed? Hardly, just wishing you would get fresh material.. bored is closer than obsessed.

  11. Id like to take a crack at being a port!

    Pftpoet likes to throw his stones
    He prefers his chucking brick
    But when he looks in the mirror
    All he sees is a …. …
    49’r fan wishing for last season

    It’s a work in progress

  12. You gotta know that when die hard Hawks fans are comparing poetry notes, that this is truly a season for the ages. I am definitely feeling the love.

    Go HAWKS!

  13. I was as big a doubter as they came about the Seahawks heading into this season but they’ve proven me wrong. This team flat out knows how to put teams away, week in and week out. Not a fan of either team, but Im already excited for Saints Hawks in two weeks. Going to be awesome.

  14. Are they ordering NFC West Champs shirts and caps in Seahawks blue yet? They’ll be needed soon!

    As for all the PED trolls, you do realize that there are 6 teams in the NFL with MORE PED violations than Seattle for the 2013 calendar year, don’t you? Why don’t you go rip on them? For the record, those teams are the Redskins, Jets, Rams, Giants, Vikings, Colts and Jaguars. Look it up. They all have more 2013 violations than Seattle.

  15. “The score gave the Seahawks a 24-13 cushion, and the NFC West leaders never trailed by double-digits thereafter.”

    Very astute observation. Especially considering the Seahawks didn’t trail by any digits at any point in the game.

  16. This Minnesota team is bad and will continue to be bad for a very long time. Maybe their fortunes would be better had they moved to LA where they belong.

  17. Freeman has a sub 40% completion rate even when he had Vincent Jackson for 3 games, why give him a shot. Every analytic stat says its a dumb move. Ponder played exceptional for facing the number 2 ranked pass defense without Jennings, with a high-school offensive line, and with a Peterson that fans won’t blame for anything. Peterson was God last year, but he is pedestrian this year. He misses wide open holes and jumps around like a drunk animal in the backfield. Ponder lasted 3 quarters against this behemoth team without messing up and only when the momentum was all for the seahawks did he mess up. Cassel threw 3 interceptions (2 outright dropped off the hands of the defender) in less than a quarter against the 2nd team defense. Ponder is the man and once he gets a decent O-line outside of Minny (hopefully in Minny if he stays next year) he will succeed. Defensive lineman would struggle more trying to run past donuts than these lineman.

  18. Hawks are getting a lot of points hung on them by some of the worst teams in the league. They are damn lucky to be 10-1, considering how many early deficits they find themselves in. As the Indianapolis game showed, the Seahawks can’t carry the jockstraps of the best teams in the league, but fortunately for them, they play in a very weak division with incredibly inconsistent teams.

  19. I’m a Viking fan and will be 4ever. I also Picked Seattle to be the team to beat for the NFC…. They are the most complete team, and with Harvin coming back, watch out. I’m also a realist about my team. Ponder is the better QB we have atm… But I’m glad we are still in the running for Teddy Bridgewater. I hope Speilman will draft the kid even if we have to deal for him. Teddy, defense and offensive line should be our focus on the draft. but above all do what it takes to get Teddy.

  20. Another great win for the best team in the nfl.
    A note to whiner trolls. Your season is over. Kaepernick has regressed. Frank gore, Justin smith and Patrick Willis are getting old. You missed your window. The seahawks will continue to rule the division for the next decade just like the last.

  21. Seahawks fans……congratulations on a great performance. If Wilson had been at Wisconsin for more than one season, they may have won the NCAA national championship.

    Word of warning….prepare yourselves for an onslaught of childish name calling and anonymous insults from Viking fans. That’s their ammunition. That’s all they have. That’s all they ever have. We’ve gotten used to it like water off the back of a duck, but they can use the old tired routines against you now….for at least one week. Laugh it off like we do, for they know not what they do.

    Good luck the rest of the way.

  22. About time for the Whiners to give us all another history lesson ad nauseam about those dusty old Super Bowl trophies from days long past. Loved Harbaughs body language in that NO game.

  23. 10-1 is 10-1, don’t think you get there by being lucky. All you really have to worry about is staying healthy over the next month. Kinda saw this coming from the summer, congrats to you guys.

  24. T.D. says:
    Nov 18, 2013 4:09 AM
    Hawks are getting a lot of points hung on them by some of the worst teams in the league. They are damn lucky to be 10-1, considering how many early deficits they find themselves in. As the Indianapolis game showed, the Seahawks can’t carry the jockstraps of the best teams in the league
    ——————
    The majority of Indianapolis games showed that the Colts are usually behind in the 4th quarter.

    For example, the Texans were up 21-3 at halftime. Colts let one of the worst teams in the league hang a lot of points on them.

    One week later, Colts were humiliated by the Rams, 38-8.

    What’s that about carrying jockstraps again?

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