Week 9: Vikings at Seahawks (Game Thread)

This afternoon, the Seahawks begin the second half of their schedule with a home game against the Vikings.  A win for Seattle is likely, but by no means assured.  Minnesota has plenty going its way right now with QB Christian Ponder, WR Percy Harvin, and RB Adrian Peterson all playing well this year on offense, but they've still got some rebuilding to do.

The Seahawks appear to be getting WR Doug Baldwin back for this game, but that's the extent of the good news when it comes to injuries.  DT Jason Jones and WR Braylon Edwards are both out for the game, as is LG James Carpenter, who is a surprise scratch this week due to a concussion.  John Moffitt will likely be returning to the lineup at right guard, which mean Swiss army knife backup Paul McQuistan would slide over to replace Carpenter at left guard.  Also, CB Walter Thurmond still has yet to be activated off of PUP.

Due to circumstances, the article on the Seahawks' pass coverage issues against the Lions won't be going up until Monday (trust me, I'd much rather have it done than be slogging through yet another ugly week's worth of circumstances), but for now I'll summarize: LBs Bobby Wagner and Leroy Hill were weak points, NB Marcus Trufant was surprisingly okay, and the defense seems to perform much better when it's asked to do more man coverage than zone.  Basically, if you see the Hawks' linebackers stand rigidly in place ten yards back from the line of scrimmage while Harvin does his best Wes Welker impression on underneath routes, you might want to start worrying.

Also, the Vikings are 23rd in the NFL in sacks allowed, so this would be a great time for Clemons and Irvin to step up and do their thing.