EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — With Sunday's noon (CT) Wild Card showdown with Seattle on the horizon, Vikings linebacker Riley Reiff spoke Tuesday on Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio on NBC Sports Radio.
The veteran talked about winning the NFC North over the Packers, the rematch against Seattle and his future in Minnesota. Click here to listen to the full interview.
On Sunday's win in Green Bay…
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*"Going into Green Bay, we've experienced it a number of different times of playing big games and really not showing up and giving them much of a fight.
"For that little brother-big brother thing you talked about, I just think we had a different mentality. I think Coach Zimmer has done a really good job of making us aware of why and how we play good in certain situations."
On a rematch with the Seahawks after Seattle's 38-7 win on Dec. 6…
"That's the reward we got for winning the division. It's going to be a huge challenge, and (they're) obviously a team with a ton of experience. They ended strong in Arizona … us getting over the mental hurdle of what they did to us a month ago is going to be a big factor.
"We know we can play a lot better. We're now healthy and kind of clicking on all cylinders. We're hoping to have a full gamut out there, we're hoping to have (defensive tackle) Linval (Joseph) back this week in the middle of our defense and at least make this a competitive game and keep it close and try to win in the fourth quarter."
On what he expects from Seattle's offense this time around…
"Teams are going to go back and look at your history what gave you issues and have you fixed it? Seattle is going to try to pick those things apart. They're going to go back and look at the game tape and look at our film when we played them and see what worked well and see if we fixed it or not.
"The biggest thing for us is we have to limit the run game, and we have to limit Russell Wilson getting out of the pocket. Easier said than done, clearly. But these guys are super talented and this is when they play their best ball, so we have to find a way."
On what Minnesota's biggest strength is right now…
*"Right now we're playing some good defense, but the only way we have a chance against Seattle is winning in all three phases. We have to be better than their defense this weekend, that's for sure. We know how good they play and we know they're going to put the clamps down on people, especially this time of year.
"To be honest with you, when they beat us a month ago, we were clearly and handily beat in all three phases – special teams had a big factor in that as well. We understand the challenge is to win in all three phases, which is really the only way we win around here."
On whether or not this is his final season…
"Well, I hope not. I've enjoyed every moment of this season, it being my 10th year. I told myself at the beginning of the season to just enjoy every moment and just see how the season goes.
"I want to play in U.S. Bank Stadium. I want to play one more year here and ride off into the sunset. But that's going to be up to both parties coming to that decision, not just me. It's going to be a lot of fun this weekend, I know that."