The Seattle Seahawks, a team that represented the National Football Conference (NFC) in last year’s Super Bowl, will be visiting the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday for a game that is critically important to both squads.
The Seahawks got off to a surprisingly slow start this season, but have “righted their ship” in recent weeks and now, with a Won-Loss record of 6-5, have a legitimate chance to continue playing in January.
The team from the great Northwest will probably have to win a Wild Card if it wants to be in the playoffs because it is currently in second place in the West Division of the NFC, three full games behind the 9-2 Arizona Cardinals with only five games remaining to be played.
But Seattle has definitely improved its on-field performances and should be ready to compete against the Minnesota Vikings , this game’s home team, on Sunday. It probably won’t be easy for the visitors to “steal a win” on the road because the Vikings have been great all season.
This squad, which is in first place in the North Division of the National Football Conference, has a Won-Loss record of 8-3 and relies heavily on its second year quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater and its “all-world” running back, Adrian Peterson. This cold weather squad also has a dominant defense which has been able to hold most opposing offenses “in check” over the first eleven games.
Minnesota, of course, will be playing for “home field advantage” in the playoffs. That makes this game important. The Vikings have been tough to beat when performing before their loud and excitable fan base and will be even tougher to beat in January when weather becomes more of a factor.
The visiting Seahawks will present the home team with a formidable challenge. After all, this squad from the state of Washington has been in two Super Bowls in the last three years. It relies on solid quarterback play from Russell Wilson and a dominant and dangerous defense.
And now, Seattle is once again playing at a very high level. That kind of play describes the Vikings, as well. And, when one acknowledges the importance of this contest to both teams, it seems readily apparent that hard-hitting and strong, determined efforts by all players on both teams will make this game stand out.
While anything can happen in the National Football League, it is probably unlikely that either team will rout the other. This game should be hard-fought and possibly low-scoring, too. It will surprise no one if the final score and the game’s outcome is decided in the final minutes.
And yet, with so much at stake for both teams, predicting the outcome is next to impossible. The squad that makes the most plays will be the one that goes home a winner.
Courtesy of CBS Sports