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Pete Carroll anticipates that Marshawn Lynch will start at tailback

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If Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is going to have to adapt to the team’s new offense, the adaptation will have to come quickly.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that he expects Lynch to start on Sunday at Minnesota, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. Carroll added that Lynch, who rejoined the team on Monday, wouldn’t be back if he wasn’t ready to play.

Lynch appeared in seven regular-season games, generating 417 rushing yards and an average of 3.8 yards per attempt. Over the past seven weeks, the offense has developed into an air-based attack, with quarterback Russell Wilson throwing 24 touchdown passes and one interception during a 6-1 run to end the regular season, after a 4-5 start.

Lynch last played one game before the seven-game kick to the finish began. Now that he’s back, it’ll be interesting to see how much the approach on offense changes. Regardless of how much (and how well) Lynch plays, it’s safe to say that the Seahawks have initiated their post-Beast Mode plan, and that anything positive he adds at this point will only be a bonus.

Considering that the Seahawks beat the Vikings in Minnesota 38-7 without him, there’s a chance it will be even uglier this time around.

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  1. bert1913 says: Jan 4, 2016 6:56 PM

    the Seahawks are baaaaack!

  2. breakingbarriersw says: Jan 4, 2016 6:58 PM

    Pete Carroll anticipates that Marshawn Lynch will start at the
    “tail of the bench”

  3. purplove1 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:00 PM

    Um on, I’ll just ask the Rams?

  4. thebirdofprey says: Jan 4, 2016 7:00 PM

    I love Beast Mode and look forward to seeing what he could do in the playoffs. I expected Michael to start because he looked damn good against AZ’s stout run defense and Lynch is getting back after 2 months. I did hear the reports about 8-10 hour a day workouts that has me feeling like he can contribute.

    Next year I think its Rawls leadback with Michael in major relief but getting good reps. Don’t know what it holds for him next year but Beast Mode is special to watch and left Seahawk fans with amazing memories.

  5. chewy724 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:01 PM

    Hawks ran the ball 38 times against the Cardinals. Nothing has changed with the offense.

  6. chawk12thman says: Jan 4, 2016 7:02 PM

    It really shouldn’t get any worse as the Vikings are playing well these recent weeks. In fact, I suspect it will be very competitive and one that will be fun to watch. Still believe that the SeaHawks will win, but not by +28 points.

  7. bonecrushinghits says: Jan 4, 2016 7:04 PM

    They won’t hand off the ball to Lynch anyway…they will just pass the ball

  8. unbridledsexy says: Jan 4, 2016 7:09 PM

    The difference between the first half of the season and the second is without question the play of the offensive line. Just as Wilson finally has the ability to make his reads and throw the ball efficiently, Lynch will have the gaps he needs to run all over the place. If Rawls and Christine can do it so can Beast.

  9. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 4, 2016 7:13 PM

    I’m not sure how he is. He didn’t look great before getting hurt. Rawls made no one miss him. Michael did well against the Cardinals last game, a team with a good run d. Who knows what will happen. Don’t want a situation where we ponder how it could have been Michael or Rawls in there instead.

  10. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 4, 2016 7:13 PM

    I love the fact that everyone says Seattle is going to spank the Vikings even worse than the first game.

    It isn’t going to happen.

    Shock and awe is coming.

  11. jshawaii22 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:16 PM

    When the Seahawks beat The Vikings a few weeks ago, very few pointed out the Vikings were short their 4 best Dplayers, which were all hurt.

    I noticed watching them play against the Packers they were all back playing again for the Vikings and that should close the gap a lot this week. Biggest difference in the 2 teams is the QB. RW is 21 points a game better then the Kid, Bridgewater and it will show again this Sunday.

    Seahawks 31 – 17.

  12. generationwalker says: Jan 4, 2016 7:16 PM

    It’s amazing how battered the RB position on the Seahawks has been, and yet how deep it has become again as the playoffs arrive. Michael looks angry, and Beastmode needs no introduction.

  13. tommykramer9 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:17 PM

    Lynch is washed up, time for him to skip down Skittles Road and live in Hasbeenville…..

  14. thereallybiglebowski says: Jan 4, 2016 7:19 PM

    10 degree temp should help the Vikings. Hitting AP will hurt like hell. I still see a Seahawk win.

  15. Fake French Accent says: Jan 4, 2016 7:22 PM

    The high temperature is 9 degrees for Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium, low of -5, and the wind chill will make the temp feel around -15.

    Still think the Seahawks are going to come in and throw all over us?

    *Hearty belly laugh*

  16. bleedingfacemask says: Jan 4, 2016 7:29 PM

    “Over the past seven weeks, the offense has developed into an air-based attack”
    ——————————
    And somehow still finished 3rd in the league for average rushing yards per game…

  17. bhlobos says: Jan 4, 2016 7:29 PM

    It’s not a new offense… they still run more than pass. They’re just better at it than they were earlier this season.

  18. lx2016 says: Jan 4, 2016 7:37 PM

    Bad move. We all know Marshawn likes to mock his own team. Having said that, this is a bad move. They’very been on a roll ever since he was “hurt”. The problem is, when Lynch, who hasn’t been good this year, is part of this year offense, OC feels he has to involve Lynch to satisfy him. There was no continuity with him. He gets “hurt”, which I don’t believe was as serious, and enter Rawls. The team begins to get chemistry going. Wilson airing it out, scoring TD’s, playing well. OC didn’t feel he had to script offense to satisfy Lynch (the ultimate non-team player as he showed laughing after SB loss). Rawls gets hurt. They still roll with the exception of the team that owns them, the Rams.
    So now that Lynch is back, it’s gonna destroy the chemistry and play calling and Seattle will fail. Bad bad move. They are fine with Michael. Lynch will laugh it off (like last year) knowing it’s his last year in Seattle.
    One and done. Yes, to the Vikes.

  19. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Jan 4, 2016 7:51 PM

    It will be a fun one to watch and closer in score this time around. Vikings fans have to realize they are getting close to being a great caliber football team but aren’t a Super Bowl contender yet. Getting that offensive line shored up next year and watch out!

  20. dvdheg says: Jan 4, 2016 7:53 PM

    the difference between the first half of the season and the second half is the progression of russell wilson. watch the games from the first half and you see him trying to be a pocket passer and not doing too good. with practice he got it. now he is the best qb in football.

  21. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:04 PM

    Looking forward to seeing the Oakland Seahawk Marshawn Lynch smashing in the playoffs again. Hope The rest of the Seattle Seahawks are ready for that 14 degree weather in Minnesota. It’s no joke.

  22. vikingprideforever says: Jan 4, 2016 8:05 PM

    Two thoughts here. 1. Lynch messes up the chemistry. 2. Seattle looking ahead to Carolina. Two” hopes” might say it better. Either way, I love what Zim is doing with the club. Future is bright. “Pieces are in place”

  23. theceltbeserk says: Jan 4, 2016 8:06 PM

    Ha!!
    Adjust to an offense that rushed 37 times for 145 yards and attempted passes 32 times for 225 yards in the last game?
    The Seahawks look like a passing team because Wilson is completing a high percentage of passes for TDs.
    These writers are crazy. They say the Defense isn’t the same.
    They just finished the 4th year in a row as the Leagues top Scoring Defense, and that is an NFL Record.
    But for the Seahawk’s sake, please Vikings, do not stack the box and play to defend the pass.

  24. frankbroughtonbelicheck says: Jan 4, 2016 8:10 PM

    Will he give marshawn the ball at the one yard line?

  25. beastmode5150 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:21 PM

    I find it funny that Vikings fans are counting on weather to give an edge. As an outsider, k have heard for years from Packers, Bears, Bills, etc talk about the cold and how it’s “cold for everyone” it’s no advantage. Russell Wilson threw just fine playing at Wisconsin. The Vikings can’t throw, what are they going to do, rely on the run game? Go pull up the Hawks box scores for the past 5 weeks, take specific note to the Rushing yards allowed. If you ignore those hard facts, check how many touchdowns Seattle has allowed in road games the last month and a half. Come back and tell us all again how Teddy Bridgewater and Tapout Peterson (he tapped out last game vs Seattle) are going to win again.

  26. tommytd says: Jan 4, 2016 8:34 PM

    Hey Pete…if you get down to the 5 and the game is on the line…GIVE HIM THE FRIGGIN’ FOOTBALL and let him win the game for ya! Don’t outcoach yourself – LOL

  27. frank booth says: Jan 4, 2016 8:39 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 4, 2016 7:13 PM

    I love the fact that everyone says Seattle is going to spank the Vikings even worse than the first game.

    It isn’t going to happen.

    Shock and awe is coming.
    ==================================
    I don’t know why anyone would think “shock and awe” is coming. The Vikings beat a bad Packer team by 7 points, a team they lost to at home by 17 earlier in the season.

    8 of Teddy Bridgewater’s 14 TD’s have come against the Bears and the Lions. There are no Bears or Lions in the playoffs.

    Against the Packers, Bridgewater missed wide open receivers, and when put into the red zone on a fake punt and then a penalty, his team could only muster field goals both times. No offensive TD’s against a much-maligned Packer defense. 99 yards in the air for Teddy, as well as a myriad of excuses from Vikings’ fans.

    Seattle’s not going to spank the Vikings worse than they did the 1st time. They will probably only win by 21 or so. Seattle crushed the Vikings by 31 points in Minnesota the first time. You want shock and awe? There you have it.

    They appear to feel very at home on the Vikings’ interim home field.

  28. kamthechancellor says: Jan 4, 2016 8:43 PM

    Much ado about nothing. If Lynch looks like he’s not 100%, they’ll just start throwing it again and give Michael the carries.

  29. tremoluxman says: Jan 4, 2016 8:46 PM

    The Vikings team that Seattle beat the first time may not be the same Vikings team Seattle plays again Sunday.

    I’m not predicting anything either way. Just saying that anything can happen in any game.

  30. hawkforlife says: Jan 4, 2016 8:58 PM

    Vancouver dude, did you really say Rawls made nobody miss him. Are you really watching the games?

  31. whitepony2002 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:01 PM

    Seahawks fans sounding an awful lot like Saints fans years ago when there was no chance the Hawks would beat the Saints. While I do think Seattle has the better squad and has loads more experience, you just never know what can happen in a win or go home playoff game.

  32. coolzog says: Jan 4, 2016 9:09 PM

    As I Vikings fan, I’m much more concerned with what Russell Wilson can do that what the 2nd best running back in that game can do.

  33. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 4, 2016 9:16 PM

    Considering that the Seahawks beat the Vikings in Minnesota 38-7 without him, there’s a chance it will be even uglier this time around.
    ______

    Seriously? A 30-year-old running back getting his first start in 10 weeks is going to make it worse than 38-7? I will spend the next 5 days trying to find anyone who will give me 32 points on this game.

  34. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 4, 2016 9:23 PM

    EVERYBODY said the Vikings would get spanked against AZ.
    I stated that the game would be close.
    It was.

    Same thing here. Except it might end differently.

    You under estimate Zimmer at your own peril.

  35. racksie says: Jan 4, 2016 9:32 PM

    Yeah, Lynch may start feeling a bit different when I finds out the the highs for game time are likely to be in the 2-5 degree range. That air attack is not going to play well in that kind of cold. Good luck. Now the Seahawks can see a real twelfth man. One that dresses for the cold and cheers the whole game. SKOL!

  36. viking1961 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:35 PM

    NOT ALL “D” players were back for the PURPLE ….. Linval Joseph our big run-stopper was out for that game last month with SEA, but hopes to be back this sunday. SKOL VIKINGS…..!!!

  37. Norseman says: Jan 4, 2016 9:50 PM

    Lynch may be back, but won’t make a difference in terms of rush attack compared to Rawls and Michael, who have done well in his stead.

    Compared to the week 13 match-up the Vikings have their 4 best defensive players back, two of which were unplanned injuries for the whole game week 13, and, oh, yeah- the game will be played in below zero windchill.

    I like the Vikings to beat the Seahawks here with a little help from mother nature, and a Seahawk team that may be looking a little past the Vikings.

    See 2010 New England Patriots, week 13 against the Jets, then again in the first round of the playoffs.

  38. beastmode5150 says: Jan 4, 2016 9:50 PM

    So when it’s 5 degrees only the Seahawks players will be cold? Wilson played at Wisconsin, it’s not going to affect him. He’s not cam newton, he’s not easily rattled. Passing game wont be a factor? Ok. Take a look at not only what Seattle did to Arizona vs the rush, but the last 5 Seattle road games. We will be here waiting for your reaction to the box scores.

  39. khmer379 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:00 PM

    Ap> lynch vikings will win 27-24 you seahawks fan are delusional thinking you going to kome to our house and blow us out twice am pretty sure the packers thought the same and our best defensive players were out the last time they played all of you seahawks troll will eat krow by sunday night

  40. viking1961 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:01 PM

    paybacks are HELL in the NFL …. on any given sunday any thing can happen …. high temp of 5 degrees sunday tells you it will be a low scoring, ground game.
    SKOL VIKINGS ……!!!!!!

  41. anarchopurplism says: Jan 4, 2016 10:09 PM

    How about we just let them line up & play.

    Any given Sunday

  42. lionsplayoffs says: Jan 4, 2016 10:09 PM

    I still go to Youtube and watch that run against the Saints. Too bad they don’t have a home game.

  43. jayhawk777 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:22 PM

    The Vikings will play the Hawks tough. THeir D was missing their best players.

    I just don’t think Noodle Arm Bridgewater will solve Seattle’s defense.

    Seattle scores between 20-23 & Vikes between 13 & 16.

    Bridgewater isn’t ready for the bright lights. The Vikes D is very good and right there with Seattle but the vast difference in talent between Wilson & Bridgewater is the deciding factor.

  44. jayhawk777 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:24 PM

    Wilson, the only QB ever to throw for 4,000+ yds, pass for 30+ Tds & run for 500+ yds in a season is >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Teddy Noodle Arm bridewater

  45. holdsteady76 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:27 PM

    Having Anthony Barr, Harrison Smith and hopefully Linval Joseph back is quite a different defense than the one Seattle faced earlier this year. They are the best players at every level of the Vikings defense. Their net gain in return is far greater than Lynch’s value add. The authors suggestion that the game will be more lopsided is not just short sighted but it’s blind.

    The rest of the team is coming in hot and with a chip on their shoulder, and these teams are better matched than I think people realize. As a Vikings fan I love this draw and can’t wait for Sunday!

  46. frank booth says: Jan 4, 2016 10:27 PM

    viking1961 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:01 PM

    paybacks are HELL in the NFL …. on any given sunday any thing can happen …. high temp of 5 degrees sunday tells you it will be a low scoring, ground game.
    SKOL VIKINGS ……!!!!!!
    ===================================
    Which probably plays better into the Seahawks hands, since the Vikings are middling as far as giving up yardage on the ground, while the Seahawks D is number one as far as yards on the ground.

    The difference is that if the Vikings get stopped on the ground, Teddy B isn’t much of a threat through the air. He’s played 6 games against playoff teams, and has a total of 4 TD passes against those teams. Wilson has played 7 games against playoff teams, and has 16 TD passes against those teams.

  47. blowfishes says: Jan 4, 2016 10:39 PM

    The last time everyone expected the Vikings to get ripped to pieces in the playoffs, they beat the Saints – who had the second best record – and then the 49ers – who had the best record – before narrowly losing to the Redskins in the NFC Championship Game.

    The Vikings have surpassed all expectations this season, and might be a year or two away from really competing with the big boys, but at least show them some respect.

  48. holdsteady76 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:42 PM

    “Bridgewater isn’t ready for the bright lights”

    Bridgewater plays his best when under pressure. Arguably his best games of the season have come against Denver, and Arizona in prime time spots. I realize you have formed your opinion based on viewing stat lines, and by watching a game here and there. Those watching every snap have much greater appreciation and confidence in him.

    This kid is a second year QB and has tremendous poise, intelligence, and toughness. Big heart, selfless, and accurate. How many QB around the league meet all those marks? I love what we have in #5.

    As to the noodle arm bit, I don’t know where you guys get this or why you think it so clever. In two of his misses last night he over threw deep target. Is he throwing as hard as other QB? Maybe not but he has more than enough arm strength to be effective and those that are watching every snap of his are confident in him.

  49. frank booth says: Jan 4, 2016 10:47 PM

    blowfishes says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:39 PM

    The last time everyone expected the Vikings to get ripped to pieces in the playoffs, they beat the Saints – who had the second best record – and then the 49ers – who had the best record – before narrowly losing to the Redskins in the NFC Championship Game.

    The Vikings have surpassed all expectations this season, and might be a year or two away from really competing with the big boys, but at least show them some respect.
    =================================
    So nearly 30 years ago, the Vikings lost the NFC Championship to the Redskins. So we have to respect them for that?

    And then, when did they get back to the Super Bowl after that?

  50. oreo51 says: Jan 4, 2016 10:57 PM

    Get ready Viking fans. The Seahawks are coming. They are going to burn down your village and carry off your women.

  51. bballnut50 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:06 PM

    oreo51- in your dreams seahags, in your dreams…#Skol!!

  52. frank booth says: Jan 4, 2016 11:13 PM

    holdsteady76 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 10:42 PM

    “Bridgewater isn’t ready for the bright lights”

    Bridgewater plays his best when under pressure. Arguably his best games of the season have come against Denver, and Arizona in prime time spots. I realize you have formed your opinion based on viewing stat lines, and by watching a game here and there. Those watching every snap have much greater appreciation and confidence in him.
    ==================================
    Really? Seattle was as big a game as any, and he was terrible. Last night was as important a game as he has played (for the division title), and he was 10-19 for 99 yards. He couldn’t get his team into the end zone, even when he was handed red zone field position through a penalty and a fake punt. The Vikings won in spite of him.

    The games against Arizona and Denver, where he played better, were still losses.

    He has two multi-TD games this year, neither against a winning team

    I spend a lot of time in MN and am usually here on the weekends, so I see a lot of games. Vikings’ fans want so badly to believe this guy is special, and he has a lot of positive intangibles, but he still hasn’t shown that he can win big games.

    Does he make some good throws at times? Sure he does. Even some very good throws in the face of pressure.

    He also holds the ball too long, and doesn’t do well throwing downfield, as he once again showed last night. He’s great throwing to the flats and on short routes.

    Maybe he’ll be good. But he’s got 28 starts under his belt. Poise, intelligence, toughness, selflessness and having a big heart are all nice character attributes, but that doesn’t make you a good QB. He’s accurate because he throws shorter, less dangerous passes, yet there are still 9 QB’s more accurate than he is.

  53. codythao35 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:23 PM

    Sea chickens talking trash will lose. Just watch.

  54. viking1961 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:24 PM

    5 degree temp and -25 wind chill …. yes minus 25 WC, forecast on SUNDAY ….. wx favors Teddy & his glove vs. Russell & bare hands…….!!! SKOL Vikings……!!!

  55. viking1961 says: Jan 4, 2016 11:30 PM

    NONE of these players have played in -25 wind chill..!
    The ICE BOWL ( GRB & DAL ) …. -13 temp, -48 wind chill.!
    Coldest game ALL-TIME…! This game SUNDAY has a chance to be in the top 10 coldest in NFL history…!!!

  56. lastnameiswilson says: Jan 4, 2016 11:30 PM

    “Guess who’s back…back again…” We’re coming Carolina! Hope you are ready for payback! Welcome back BEAST! GO HAWKS!!!!!

  57. therussellwilsonshow says: Jan 4, 2016 11:52 PM

    Wow, so much smack talk from Vikings fans today.

    Congrats on the NFC North Division win at Lambeau! I know it is exciting for your franchise to unseat the Packers after four years, but you haven’t done anything yet.

    Teddy looked terrible against the Packers. A few nice AP runs and a TD made up most of your offense for the game. If not for your defense’s sack, scoop and score, you lose that game.

    Vikings fans might want to tone down the talk until you win a playoff game.

    Go Hawks!

  58. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 5, 2016 12:51 AM

    Last night felt like a Super Bowl win to the Vikings and their fans. Comical.

  59. prs250player says: Jan 5, 2016 1:01 AM

    Okay, Vikings fans. I’ll give you that you had some key defensive players out during the last matchup. That might make a difference. But it’s really pretty pathetic that the only other factor that you can consistently cite that MIGHT play in your favor is the weather!! You can’t even cite your offense as a strength!

    Let’s look at the Vikings’ offensive production during the last meeting. Bridgewater was 17/28 for 118 yards passing, O TDs and 1 INT for a passer rating of 55.4. He also ran for a whole 2 yards. The league rushing champ, Adrian Peterson, ran 8 times for 18 yards and caught 4 passes for 6 yards. The entire Vikings managed a measly 149 yards. The only Vikings score came from a kick return when Seattle was up by 35-0.

    So, what you all are telling me now is that getting back a few key defensive players and playing in cold weather is somehow going to lead to a Vikings victory? Seattle’s D is #1 versus the run, #2 versus the pass, and #1 in points allowed and they will be facing the #31 pass offense and the #4 run offense. Teddy managed a whole 99 yards against a weak Packers offense in week 17! The entire offense managed less than 250 yards and Adrian Peterson had only 67 yards and a TD against the #12 run defense in the league.

    Meanwhile, Seattle’s offense—#4 rushing and #20 passing but one of the top passing and scoring offenses during the last 8 games—is going up against a defense that is #12 against the pass, #17 against the run.

    Sorry, but an improved defense and cold weather isn’t going to help the Vikings one-dimensional offense produce enough points for a win.

  60. RegisHawk says: Jan 5, 2016 3:05 AM

    This kid is a second year QB and has tremendous poise, intelligence, and toughness. Big heart, selfless, and accurate. How many QB around the league meet all those marks?

    Russell Wilson, who won a Super Bowl in his 2nd year…and Teddy Bridgewater is no Russell Wilson.

    Lots of wishful trolling about the weather helping the home team here…not very realistic.

    Also wishful trolling about the Seahawks looking beyond this game, when that has never been their pattern…must be projecting problems from your own team to the Seahawks.

  61. truthserum4u says: Jan 5, 2016 3:18 AM

    @ beastmode5150 says: Jan 4, 2016 8:21 PM

    First of all Wilson played one collegiate season at Wisconsin, and never played a game there in January, or temps even remotely close to what is being predicted. So his playing there means squat. Plus, he’s not the only player on Seattle who will be playing in the cold on Sunday. While it is cold for everyone, the advantage is the Minnesota players not only have played in the cold the last two seasons, they practice in it and live in it. They’re use to it. Not sure how big the advantage is, but however slight, it does favor Minnesota.

    Second, Peterson didn’t tap out. Turner stopped calling run plays. Peterson was agitated by the play calling.

    The biggest advantage for the Vikings, that wasn’t there for them the last time they played Seattle, is the defensive players that will be back. Linval Joseph, who has been one of the best DTs in the league this year, was out, and hopefully will be back on Sunday. Barr & Smith (one of the best OLBs & Safeties in the league) will be back. The score was 0-0 when they went out last time. The other starting S was out at the beginning of the game, and his replacement got hurt during the game, but still played with a messed up shoulder and broken rib. Their best DE was playing with a bad shoulder as well.

    I still would bet on Seattle because of the overall team experience, Wilson over Bridgewater and the Seahawks OL has made adjustments to improve while the Vikings’ OL pretty much still sucks. I just don’t anticipate the cakewalk that the first game was.

  62. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 5, 2016 5:21 AM

    Hey, fellow Vikings fans, we shouldn’t be talking too much smack here.

    Let’s allow Seahawk and Packer fans to totally underestimate Zimmer.

  63. dukeearl says: Jan 5, 2016 5:39 AM

    Bad move. We all know Marshawn likes to mock his own team. Having said that, this is a bad move. They’very been on a roll ever since he was “hurt”. The problem is, when Lynch, who hasn’t been good this year, is part of this year offense, OC feels he has to involve Lynch to satisfy him. There was no continuity with him. He gets “hurt”, which I don’t believe was as serious, and enter Rawls. The team begins to get chemistry going. Wilson airing it out, scoring TD’s, playing well. OC didn’t feel he had to script offense to satisfy Lynch (the ultimate non-team player as he showed laughing after SB loss). Rawls gets hurt. They still roll with the exception of the team that owns them, the Rams.
    So now that Lynch is back, it’s gonna destroy the chemistry and play calling and Seattle will fail. Bad bad move. They are fine with Michael. Lynch will laugh it off (like last year) knowing it’s his last year in Seattle.
    One and done. Yes, to the Vikes
    *************************************
    Lynch hasn’t been good this year because he has been injured most of the time. Last time he played the O-line was being run over like roadkill. Since then they changed out Nowak for Lewis and RW goes from being the most sacked to one of the least sacked. Get rid of Cary Williams and the LOB is back to what it was.
    The Seahawks are a more complete team since the last time Marshawn played.
    What needs to be asked is if Marshawn is a better RB than Christine Michael. If so the Seahawks just upgraded by having Marshawn return.
    Marshawn is rested, the Viking defense is not.

  64. etp6166 says: Jan 5, 2016 8:15 AM

    I just looking at the weather channel and they are predicting a high in the twin cities on Sunday of -1 with 15 mph winds. Russell Wilson might have played college football at the University Wisconsin, but those games are played in November. We are golfing in November… It’s a huge difference. For me this is setting up perfectly… A noon game super cold weather and overconfident Seattle team. Also remember we lost for starters on our defense during that first game. We had guys playing in the secondary who don’t even play anymore.

  65. Marsh1976 says: Jan 5, 2016 12:55 PM

    “A noon game super cold weather and overconfident Seattle team.”

    You might hear a lot of trash talking from a very confident fan base here, but that is just not how this football team works. The whole 1-0 each week and every game is championship opportunity is a lot more than talk with these guys. You can count on getting the very best this team has to offer this week. It is possible that the Vikings might be able to beat the Seahawks, but over confidence will not be the reason. They are going to be at there best and if you want to beat them you better bring it because you know the Seahawks will. There is a reason they have never been blown out in the Russell Wilson era. The compete every week and in just about every case, give themselves a chance to win each and everyone of their games.

  66. purplepackerhater says: Jan 5, 2016 2:15 PM

    Even if they preach to them nonstop that they shouldn’t be over confident, after beating the Vikings as handily as they did the first go around, it would be impossible for some of that over confidence to not seep in. Maybe it won’t be enough to affect the game/outcome, but it can’t hurt the Vikings either. Whenever the Vikings have been considered down and out, they’ve bounced back and found ways to win.

    I don’t care about stats, the only thing that matters is WINS. Teddy is 11 and 5. His stats are reflective only of the fact he does what is asked of him, shame on him! Should he be chucking it 50 yards down field on every play just to pad his stats?

    If the hawks def and RW are so much better than the Vikes and TB, why do they have fewer wins? The vikes had one of the toughest schedules in the league, so no excuse there.

    I’m not saying we’re going to win, but I wouldn’t rush off to Vegas just yet. Especially with the weather update having the kickoff at about -5 degrees with a WC at -15 or worse. That’s more than 30 degrees colder than the last time Seattle was in town.

    Vikes Defense (healthy) + AP vs
    Hawks Defense + Beast, in sub-artic temps, at home…I like the Vikes chances.

  67. purplepackerhater says: Jan 5, 2016 2:19 PM

    I forgot to mention one side note to the weather, the Vikings use the north sideline benches, they are in the SUN which on days as cold as it will be wouldn’t seem to make a difference, but it makes a colossal difference. So it won’t be equally cold for both teams. When Carolina played here when it was ABOVE zero, they found a 20 degree temperature difference between the different sidelines. So while the VIkes might be suffering in -5 temps, the Hawks may be in the -20 range.

  68. conormacleod says: Jan 5, 2016 3:32 PM

    beastmode5150 says:
    Jan 4, 2016 9:50 PM
    So when it’s 5 degrees only the Seahawks players will be cold? Wilson played at Wisconsin, it’s not going to affect him.
    ——————–
    Wisconsin avg temp in November? 45 degrees
    Sunday’s game temp? -1 with -15 wind chill

    Anybody else think 45-60 degrees colder makes a difference? If not, show up to the game in a t-shirt and enjoy!!

    I ask this in all seriousness….have you ever been to Minnesota in January? Because you sound like someone from Seattle that thinks Minnesota and Wisconsin are “out east”.

    This is the kind of weather that makes you plug in your car (that’s a real thing) to keep the engine block from freezing up, so your car will start for work in the morning. A cup of Starbucks isn’t enough to simply warm you up in Minnesota in January and February. And when you tailgate, you have to keep shaking your beer can so it doesn’t freeze in 2 minutes.

  69. conormacleod says: Jan 5, 2016 3:41 PM

    Marsh1976 says:
    Jan 5, 2016 12:55 PM
    “A noon game super cold weather and overconfident Seattle team.”

    You might hear a lot of trash talking from a very confident fan base here, but that is just not how this football team works.
    —————
    I feel almost all coaches and players feel that way. They know that every player on every roster is really good. They know that “any given Sunday” is a real thing. Trash talk is almost always just for fans.

  70. conormacleod says: Jan 5, 2016 3:42 PM

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 5, 2016 5:21 AM
    Hey, fellow Vikings fans, we shouldn’t be talking too much smack here.

    Let’s allow Seahawk and Packer fans to totally underestimate Zimmer.
    ————-
    We know the Vikes have to bring their best to beat the Seahawks. It’s the playoffs now. Only the team that brings their best for three straight games is getting to the big dance.

  71. frank booth says: Jan 5, 2016 3:54 PM

    purplepackerhater says:
    Jan 5, 2016 2:15 PM

    Even if they preach to them nonstop that they shouldn’t be over confident, after beating the Vikings as handily as they did the first go around, it would be impossible for some of that over confidence to not seep in. Maybe it won’t be enough to affect the game/outcome, but it can’t hurt the Vikings either. Whenever the Vikings have been considered down and out, they’ve bounced back and found ways to win.

    I don’t care about stats, the only thing that matters is WINS. Teddy is 11 and 5. His stats are reflective only of the fact he does what is asked of him, shame on him! Should he be chucking it 50 yards down field on every play just to pad his stats?

    If the hawks def and RW are so much better than the Vikes and TB, why do they have fewer wins? The vikes had one of the toughest schedules in the league, so no excuse there.

    I’m not saying we’re going to win, but I wouldn’t rush off to Vegas just yet. Especially with the weather update having the kickoff at about -5 degrees with a WC at -15 or worse. That’s more than 30 degrees colder than the last time Seattle was in town.

    Vikes Defense (healthy) + AP vs
    Hawks Defense + Beast, in sub-artic temps, at home…I like the Vikes chances.
    ==================================
    You’re wrong about several things here, and just grasping at straws to find intangible reasons as to why the Vikings may win.

    While the Hawks may be overconfident after blowing out the Vikings, you don’t mention anything about the Vikings possibly lacking confidence after being destroyed, which is the flip side of that and just as possible.

    What is this about the Vikings finding ways to win when they’re down and out? Do you mean beating the Bears and Rams by field goals?

    The Vikings had one 4th quarter comeback this year, against the Bears. The fact is, the Vikings only beat two teams with winning records this year- the Chiefs, when they were in disarray, and the Packers, who it is pretty clear that they aren’t a very good team.

    Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy played on a team that was 11-5. He wasn’t the reason that they are 11-5. That’s the defense and AP. You might as well say that Zach Line had a record of 11-5 this year.

    You say that Bridgewater’s stats are a reflection of what he is asked. On Sunday night, was he asked to overthrow wide open receivers several times on long passes, and then settle for 2 field goals after a fake punt and then a penalty put them in the red zone? I thought not. But this is what Bridgewater is.

    The Seahawks have less wins because they have more losses. The Seahawks were 2-4 and then finished out the end of the year at with a run of 8-2.

    As far as strength of schedule, the Vikings had the 18th toughest schedule in the league. The Seahawks were tied for 4th. Games against teams with 8+ wins ranged from 6-10 for all teams. The Hawks had 8, the Vikings 7.

  72. conormacleod says: Jan 5, 2016 3:56 PM

    frank booth says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:39 PM
    The Vikings beat a bad Packer team by 7 points, a team they lost to at home by 17 earlier in the season.

    Against the Packers, Bridgewater missed wide open receivers, and when put into the red zone on a fake punt and then a penalty, his team could only muster field goals both times. No offensive TD’s against a much-maligned Packer defense.
    ——————–
    Hey Packer fan, you didn’t say ANYTHING like this before last Sunday. Now your team is “bad” and your defense is “much maligned”?

    I guess you’ll be expecting the Redskins to beat you by about 21 points then…

  73. beastmode5150 says: Jan 5, 2016 4:38 PM

    FACT: Vikings players have yet to practice or play in anything less than 23 degrees.
    FACT: its 5 degrees colder in Minneapolis area than in the Seattle area this week for practice
    FACT: the weather on gameday will be a new and unwelcome SHOCK to both teams.

  74. beastmode5150 says: Jan 5, 2016 4:40 PM

    frank booth says:
    Jan 5, 2016 3:54 PM
    purplepackerhater says:
    Jan 5, 2016 2:15 PM

    Even if they preach to them nonstop that they shouldn’t be over confident, after beating the Vikings as handily as they did the first go around, it would be impossible for some of that over confidence to not seep in. Maybe it won’t be enough to affect the game/outcome, but it can’t hurt the Vikings either. Whenever the Vikings have been considered down and out, they’ve bounced back and found ways to win.

    I don’t care about stats, the only thing that matters is WINS. Teddy is 11 and 5. His stats are reflective only of the fact he does what is asked of him, shame on him! Should he be chucking it 50 yards down field on every play just to pad his stats?

    If the hawks def and RW are so much better than the Vikes and TB, why do they have fewer wins? The vikes had one of the toughest schedules in the league, so no excuse there.

    I’m not saying we’re going to win, but I wouldn’t rush off to Vegas just yet. Especially with the weather update having the kickoff at about -5 degrees with a WC at -15 or worse. That’s more than 30 degrees colder than the last time Seattle was in town.

    Vikes Defense (healthy) + AP vs
    Hawks Defense + Beast, in sub-artic temps, at home…I like the Vikes chances.
    ==================================
    You’re wrong about several things here, and just grasping at straws to find intangible reasons as to why the Vikings may win.

    While the Hawks may be overconfident after blowing out the Vikings, you don’t mention anything about the Vikings possibly lacking confidence after being destroyed, which is the flip side of that and just as possible.

    What is this about the Vikings finding ways to win when they’re down and out? Do you mean beating the Bears and Rams by field goals?

    The Vikings had one 4th quarter comeback this year, against the Bears. The fact is, the Vikings only beat two teams with winning records this year- the Chiefs, when they were in disarray, and the Packers, who it is pretty clear that they aren’t a very good team.

    Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy played on a team that was 11-5. He wasn’t the reason that they are 11-5. That’s the defense and AP. You might as well say that Zach Line had a record of 11-5 this year.

    You say that Bridgewater’s stats are a reflection of what he is asked. On Sunday night, was he asked to overthrow wide open receivers several times on long passes, and then settle for 2 field goals after a fake punt and then a penalty put them in the red zone? I thought not. But this is what Bridgewater is.

    The Seahawks have less wins because they have more losses. The Seahawks were 2-4 and then finished out the end of the year at with a run of 8-2.

    As far as strength of schedule, the Vikings had the 18th toughest schedule in the league. The Seahawks were tied for 4th. Games against teams with 8+ wins ranged from 6-10 for all teams. The Hawks had 8, the Vikings 7.
    ——-
    We could go on all day with statistical blowouts. Vikings fans, the only one i want you to go look up is what teams have been doing AT HOME vs Seattle the last 5 games.

  75. frank booth says: Jan 5, 2016 4:56 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Jan 5, 2016 3:56 PM

    frank booth says:
    Jan 4, 2016 8:39 PM
    The Vikings beat a bad Packer team by 7 points, a team they lost to at home by 17 earlier in the season.

    Against the Packers, Bridgewater missed wide open receivers, and when put into the red zone on a fake punt and then a penalty, his team could only muster field goals both times. No offensive TD’s against a much-maligned Packer defense.
    ——————–
    Hey Packer fan, you didn’t say ANYTHING like this before last Sunday. Now your team is “bad” and your defense is “much maligned”?

    I guess you’ll be expecting the Redskins to beat you by about 21 points then…
    ==================================
    Conor, I’m not a Packer fan, and if you spent more time reading than on rapid fire posting, you’d realize that I’ve said several things about the Packers not being a good team, well prior to last Sunday.

    For some strange reason, Vikings’ fans think that refuting silly or incorrect comments means that you’re defending the target of those comments. That’s not necessarily the case, whether you’re talking about football, individuals, etc.

    “I guess you’ll be expecting the Redskins to beat you by about 21 points then…”

    I’m playing the Redskins about as much as you’re playing the Seahawks.

    I don’t follow your logic here. My saying that the Packers are “bad” or that their defense is “much-maligned” doesn’t mean that the Packers will lose by 21 to the Redskins, or necessarily lose at all. For instance, this same bad Packer team beat the Vikings on their own home field by 13 a couple of weeks ago.

    Do you think the Redskins are a very good team? I don’t. They had a worse record than both the Vikings and the Packers, and the NFC East appears to be even worse than the NFC North.

    I think the Packers have a better chance of beating the Redskins than the Vikings do of beating the Seahawks- not because the Packers are that good, but because the Redskins are merely average. The Vikings, on the other hand, are playing a team that destroyed them, a team that has played in the last 2 Super Bowls (winning one), with a ton of playoff experience, that has a better D than the Vikings, and a much better QB, among other things.

    The Packers, for what they are, still finished 10-6. The Vikings, at 11-5, only beat two winning teams this year, one of those being the Packers. It’s not like the Packers or the Vikings are world-beaters.

  76. atleastidontliveinwi says: Jan 5, 2016 7:09 PM

    From a Vikings fan good luck see ya at the bank may the better team win and for the seachickens fan base to find a new team next year. It is football and the playoffs lets go SKOLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

  77. truthserum4u says: Jan 6, 2016 12:09 AM

    @ frank booth

    You’re either intentionally lying or you are sadly misinformed when you stated your strength of schedule “facts”. Seattle DID NOT have the fourth toughest schedule in the league this year, and the Vikings had a tougher schedule than 18th.

    While Minnesota beat only two teams with a winning record, Seattle only beat one more than that.

    Minnesota lost to two of the best teams in the league (Denver & Arizona) on the road by three points each, while driving at the very end of the game for tying field goals. Against Arizona, Minnesota started SIX ROOKIES, with another two getting significant playing time while rotating in. They had two third string Safeties starting, and held them to 9 points under their average.

    Minnesota gave up more than 23 points only twice, while Seattle gave up six such games. The Vikings gave up more than 20 points only four times (all against playoff teams) Seattle – 7 times.

    Most certainly expect Seattle to win, but just don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion. Or that Minnesota is so bad they don’t stand a chance.

    As far as the Vikings maybe lacking confidence after being beat so badly the last time against Seattle (with their best defenders out mind you) may I remind you Green Bay blew them out as well, and we just saw how that affected the Vikings this last Sunday.

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