The week of practice is over and the Vikings are nearly set for their contest against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Here's what we learned this week about the Vikings-Seahawks matchup in Week 13.
Seattle has speed up front on defense
The "Legion of Boom" moniker bestowed up Seattle's secondary garner's a lot of attention. But when thinking about the Seahawks impressive defense, don't sleep on their front seven. Asked if this week's game against Seattle posed a challenge for his offensive tackles, Mike Zimmer said it did and said the entire OL would have a big-time test on Sunday.
"Really for the whole front," Zimmer said on Friday. "They're very active, they have a lot of movement, [Michael] Bennett lines up all over the place, [Cliff] Avril has got quickness and speed. The other guy, 51 [Bruce Irvin], he's a kid from West Virginia they took in the first round , he's got big-time speed coming off the edge, kind of plays outside linebacker, but drops down into there. And then their linebackers are active too, so they'll do a lot of five-man pressures, play man-to-man, they'll do a lot of stuff on third downs especially."
Linval Joseph has a foot injury
The Vikings have great depth along the defensive line, and that's a good thing because this week they will need it. DT Linval Joseph has been ruled out for Sunday's game with a foot injury. Joseph's absence means a handful of his defensive line teammates will have to step up, including Sharrif Floyd and Tom Johnson. Floyd may be asked to slide over to Joseph's position and Johnson is the favorite to slide into the starting lineup.
S Andrew Sendejo was also ruled out for Sunday's game with a knee injury.
1st place is on the line again
Get used to this storyline – 1st place in the NFC North is on the line this Sunday. The 8-3 Vikings have a hold on the top spot in the division, but a win over Detroit on Thursday night has moved the Packers to 8-4 and they would be in 1st place if the Vikings lost on Sunday by virtue of holding the head-to-head tie breaker over the Vikings. Regardless of what happens between the Vikings and Seahawks on Sunday, it's safe to say that the Vikings and Packers will go back and forth several times between now and the end of the regular season on January 3.
Greenway, Loadholt honored
A couple of veteran Vikings players were honored this week. LB Chad Greenway was named the 2015 Vikings Community Man of the Year and RT Phil Loadholt was named the Vikings 2015 Ed Block Courage Award recipient.