The week of practice is over and the Vikings are set to travel to Seattle tomorrow to battle the Seahawks on Sunday. Here’s what we learned this week about the Vikings as they prepared to face one of the hottest teams in the NFL…
Ponder improving, decision to be made tomorrow
Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier met with reporters on Friday afternoon and said quarterback
Other injuries of note
The official injury report will be released later Friday, but it sounds like the Vikings will be getting a few key players back, including cornerback
Patterson to play more
The Washington Redskins went out of their way to keep the ball out of
“He now knows more than just one position,” Musgrave said of Patterson. “We're mixing and matching him and trying to get him in good spots as well as featuring our other guys, too.”
Said Patterson this week: “My route running has improved a lot. I'm not worried about the plays. That's coming along. It's great. I've got great guys. Quarterbacks, they help me out every day. I can't worry about that. Whatever happens on the field happens on the field. We all make mistakes that you've just got to learn from.”
If Patterson makes any more mistakes this season, they’ll likely come on the field because it seems he’s in line for more playing time. That’s good news for the Vikings and for Patterson’s continued development.
Vikings prepared for difficult environment at CenturyLink Field
Preparing to play on the road by emphasizing the challenge to the team in meeting and then practicing with crowd noise throughout the week is standard in football. But there is nothing standard about playing at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, a stadium and environment well-renowned throughout the League as one of the toughest places to go and play. Frazier, Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave and several players have made mention of how difficult it is to play in Seattle, so none of this was lost on the Vikings over the week.
It bears noting, though, that Seattle’s advantage at home is real. They haven’t lost a regular season game in their own building since Christmas Eve 2011, and quarterback Russell Wilson has never lost at home as Seattle’s starter.
Seattle has great punt coverage
As great as the Vikings have been in the return game with Cordarrelle Patterson leading the League in kickoff return average and
This will be a challenge for Sherels on Sunday, but you can be sure Priefer and Sherels have a plan to handle this type of kick. Sherels is as diligent a player as there is when it comes to preparing for a game and working on his craft.