With kickoff fast-approaching, here are a few final thoughts about today's game.
How to Take in Today's Game
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. CT
Radio: Vikings Radio Network; KFAN-FM 100.3/KTCN-AM 1130
Mobile: NFL Mobile (exclusively on Verizon)
No Lynch, no problem for Seahawks
**You won't see Beast Mode on the field for Seattle today, but don't sleep on Thomas Rawls. Lynch has been battling injuries all season, and while he's been doing that it's been Rawls who has been making a name for himself. Two weeks ago, Rawls rolled all over the San Francisco 49ers for 209 yards and 1 TD on 30 carries. Despite starting just 5 games so far this season, Rawls ranks 10th in the League in rushing with 685 yards. Seattle may be without Lynch, but that doesn't mean they are without a running game. Rawls is getting the job done.
Trending in the trenches
**Seattle's offensive line has been much-maligned this season. No QB has been sacked more than Russell Wilson. But things are trending in the right direction up front for the Seahawks. Wilson has been sacked just 6 times in the last 4 games and in that same span the Seahawks are averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Just as Seattle is getting it going in the right direction along the offensive line, the Vikings will play today without one of their best defensive players – DT Linval Joseph. A foot injury has sidelined Joseph for this week at least, so the Vikings depth along the DL will be tested today. Sharrif Floyd slides over to play Joseph's position and Tom Johnson likely slides into the starting lineup.
Today's Vikings-Seahawks game is the only game this week that features two teams currently in the playoff field. If the playoffs started today, in fact, this would be one of the NFC's wild card matchups – Seahawks at Vikings. The Vikings can leave Week 13 as the NFC's No. 2 seed, No. 3 seed or No. 5 seed, depending on their outcome vs. Seattle and Arizona's result in St. Louis. The Seahawks cannot move up a position in the NFC with a win, but they can begin to distance themselves from other wild card hopefuls such as Atlanta, Chicago and Tampa Bay.
The Vikings and Seahawks will play outdoors today in great football weather. The forecast calls for a kickoff temperature of 39 degrees with winds at only 6 mph and with no chance of precipitation.