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Vikings Suffer from Unfavorable Conversion Rates

MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings players and coaches will look to make a quick recovery Thursday after falling to the Seahawks 38-7.

A considerable part of the problem were quick recoveries by Seattle after falling behind the down-and-distance chains.

The Seahawks faced second-and-7 or more a total of 14 times and made plays to convert first downs or set up third-and-1s a total of nine times.

"The second-and-9's hurt us today because they got it to 3rd-and-1 then they got a first down," Head Coach Mike Zimmer said.

The erasing helped the Seahawks convert nine of 13 third downs (69.2 percent) against a defense that entered the game allowing its first 11 opponents a conversion rate of 33.8 percent. The Vikings, meanwhile, were only 2-for-10 on third-down conversions.

"They did a good job of getting into some short-yardage third downs," defensive end Brian Robison said. "I think we had them in second-and-11, second-and-10 a lot today and then they'd get a 9-yard slant."

Robison led the Vikings with 2.0 sacks, one each of Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson.

Seattle faced second-and-11 twice, a second-and-8 and a second-and-10 on its first scoring drive. The Seahawks second TD occurred on second-and-7 after overcoming two second-and-10s and a second-and-9.

"We just never got comfortable out there and never got those key third-down stops to get off the field and get yourself in a rhythm and take the rhythm away from them, which is really what it comes down to," linebacker Chad Greenway said.

The Vikings (8-4) visit the Cardinals (10-2) in Arizona on Thursday Night Football.

"We need to bounce back, and we know how good Arizona is," Greenway said.

Captain Munnerlyn said moments after the final snap Sunday that he was already encouraging young players to move forward.

"We can't mope around. We've got a quick week," Munnerlyn said. "Thursday we play another football game, so we can't mope around and let it play on to the next game because one loss can take a toll on you and can come to two or three or four losses in a row."

The Vikings have followed each previous loss this season with two wins after San Francisco, five wins after Denver and one win after Green Bay.

Another return TD:The Vikings lone score of the day occurred on a 101-yard kickoff return by Cordarrelle Patterson. It was the second kick return for a score this season for Patterson, who has four in his career. Patterson tied Percy Harvin's Vikings franchise record of nine returns of 50 or more yards and David Palmer's mark of 12 games with 100 or more yards on kick returns.

Rush ratio altered:A statistic Zimmer thinks is important is the number to rushes plus completions for an offense. The Vikings had just 16 rushes **because of falling behind** by 21 points at halftime.

Teddy Bridgewater completed 17 of 28 passes for 118 yards, was sacked four times and had an interception that proved costly before intermission for a passer rating of 55.4.

The total of 33 was three fewer than the number or rush attempts for the Seahawks, who were led by Thomas Rawls' 101 yards on 19 carries.

Adrian Peterson was limited to eight attempts for 18 yards for a Vikings team that finished with 31 yards rushing.

View game action images from Sunday's game vs. Seattle.

Wilson rushed nine times for 51 yards, showcasing an **elusive skillset**.

Injuries pile up: Minnesota entered the game without nose tackle Linval Joseph (foot) and safety Andrew Sendejo (knee). The Vikings also lost Anthony Barr (groin) and Harrison Smith (hamstring) in the first quarter.

Sharrif Floyd and Tom Johnson started at defensive tackle, and Antone Exum, Jr. started for Sendejo. Robert Blanton came into the game after Smith was sidelined, and Jason Trusnik received an increased amount of defensive snaps after Barr left. Blanton was briefly sidelined, which led the Vikings to move Terence Newman from corner to safety and bring in Trae Waynes at corner.

Penalties too: Since hosting Green Bay Nov. 22 when the Vikings entered the game as the least-penalized team, Minnesota has been flagged eight times for 110 yards against the Packers, nine times for 53 yards at the Falcons and nine times for 95 yards against the Seahawks.

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