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Early Look: Vikings at Seahawks

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings have reached the final quarter of the 2018 season and still have a path to the playoffs in front of them.

Minnesota currently sits at 6-5-1 and in second place in the NFC North after Sunday's 24-10 loss to New England.

The Vikings will now get ready for another prime-time game — their fifth this season — as Minnesota travels to Seattle for a Week 14 matchup on Monday Night Football.

The Seahawks sit at 7-5 and are a half-game ahead of Minnesota in the playoff chase. Seattle is in second place in the NFC West, but the Rams clinched the division title on Sunday.

Here's a look at the Vikings Week 14 matchup against the Seahawks:

Passing: Kirk Cousins completed 32 of 44 passes for 201 yards with a touchdown on Sunday in New England. He was intercepted on Minnesota's final two drives and finished with a quarterback rating of 70.4, his lowest mark of the season.

Cousins has thrown for 3,490 yards with 23 touchdowns and nine interceptions in his first season in Purple. He has completed more than 71 percent of his passes and has a quarterback rating of 99.1.

Russell Wilson threw for just 185 yards Sunday, his third-lowest total of the season. But the Seahawks quarterback tossed a season-high four touchdowns in a blowout win over the 49ers.

Wilson has thrown for 2,716 yards with 29 touchdowns and five interceptions this season. The quarterback, who hasn't been picked off since Week 9, has a quarterback rating of 115.5 this season.

Rushing: The Vikings had one of their most productive rushing outputs of the season in 2018, as they averaged 7.3 yards on the ground against New England.

Minnesota had 95 total rushing yards on just 13 carries, with Dalvin Cook leading the way with 84 yards on nine carries (9.3 per rush).

It was the Vikings fourth-most rushing yards this season but occurred on a day when Minnesota had the second-fewest attempts of 2018.

Latavius Murray leads the Vikings with 466 yards and five touchdowns, while Cook has 312 yards on the ground. Both players average 4.2 yards per carry.

Minnesota ranks 30th with 86.1 yards per game and is 29th with 253 total rushes this season.

Seattle leads the NFL with 148.8 rushing yards per game. The Seahawks rank first with 380 total rushes this season.

Seattle ran for 168 yards on 29 attempts on Sunday. Chris Carson had 69 yards on 13 carries, and Rashaad Penny had 65 yards and a score on seven carries. Wilson had 14 yards on four attempts.

Carson leads Seattle with 704 rushing yards and four scores. Penny and Mike Davis each have 350-plus yards and multiple touchdowns. Wilson has 245 yards on 45 attempts.

Receiving: Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs combined for 10 catches for just 77 yards on Sunday, with Thielen catching a 5-yard touchdown.

Cook led the Vikings with eight receptions for 22 yards, while Aldrick Robinson had five catches for 37 yards. Kyle Rudolph had three catches for 38 yards.

Thielen leads the Vikings with 98 receptions for 1,166 yards and nine touchdowns. Diggs has 84 catches for 839 yards and six scores.

Seattle's Jaron Brown had three catches for 67 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. Tyler Lockett had a 52-yard touchdown on his only catch, and Doug Baldwin had two catches for 22 yards and a score.

Lockett leads Seattle with 56 catches for 713 yards and nine touchdowns. Brown and David Moore each have five touchdown catches.

Defense: The Vikings allowed 471 total yards to New England, the defense's second-worst output of the season.

Minnesota did not sack Tom Brady although linebacker Eric Kendricks did intercept him. The Vikings allowed New England to convert on seven on 14 third downs, with eight of those opportunities coming on third-and-3 or shorter.

The Vikings rank sixth in the NFL with 327.8 yards allowed per game and 13th with 22.5 points allowed per game.

Seattle is tied for ninth at 21.6 points per game and is 20th at 367.4 yards allowed per game.

The Seahawks forced three turnovers Sunday and are tied for second in the NFL with a plus-11 turnover differential.

Special Teams: Vikings kicker Dan Bailey made one of his two field goal tries Sunday, and is 16 of 22 on the season. Punter Matt Wile is averaging 44.7 yards per punt.

Seahawks 40-year-old kicker Sebastian Janikowski is 16-for-20 on field goals in 2018. Rookie punter Michael Dickson averages 48.7 yards per punt and is capable of flipping the field.

Neither Minnesota nor Seattle has a punt or kickoff return for a score in 2018.

Over The Years

The Vikings are 5-10 all-time against the Seahawks, a series that includes one postseason matchup.

Seattle has had the upper hand of late as the Seahawks have won the past four matchups.

Minnesota is 2-6 all-time in Seattle.

Last meeting: Seahawks 10, Vikings 9, Jan. 10, 2016, in Minneapolis

The Vikings won the NFC North with an 11-5 record in 2015, setting them up for a playoff game in the Wild Card Round of the postseason against the Seahawks.

The game was played at the University of Minnesota, and the temperature was minus-6 degrees Fahrenheit, and the wind chill was calculated at minus-25 just before kickoff. That made it the coldest game in Vikings history and the third-coldest game in NFL history.

The defensive struggle featured just 409 combined yards of total offense by both teams, as Minnesota and Seattle combined to convert just eight of 27 third-down tries.

The Vikings led 3-0 at the half and 9-0 entering the fourth quarter before Seattle's offense came to life.

The Seahawks had just 126 yards of total offense through three quarters before they patched together 100 yards of offense and 10 unanswered points in the final stanza.

Minnesota trailed 10-9 with less than two minutes left before the Vikings drove down to Seattle's 9-yard line.

The potential game-winning 27-yard field goal skittered wide left, and the Vikings suffered a crushing playoff defeat.

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