Vikings Trail Seahawks 24-13; Russell Wilson On Fire


Nov 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder (7) looks to pass against the Seattle Seahawks during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The first half featured plenty of entertainment value, especially for fans of Russell Wilson. The Seahawks QB was on fire against the Vikings, throwing for 173 yards on 9-of-12 completions with a TD on a sweet pass to Doug Baldwin in the corner of the end zone with time running out in the second quarter. And yes, Wilson did get his first completion to Percy Harvin, a one-handed grab by Harvin for a first down. Percy also drew a PI call on Josh Robinson though it was wiped out because Seattle was called for holding on the same play.

Obviously it was not a great first half for the Vikings’ defense. The offense fared a little better thanks to a couple nice plays by Christian Ponder, who shook off some early nerves and settled in. Unfortunately one of Ponder’s early plays was a killer fumble to set up a Seattle score. Ponder rebounded from that however, hitting Jarius Wright on a 38-yard TD strike to help the Vikings climb back in it.

Ponder has had to be the man today with Adrian Peterson mostly getting stifled by Seattle. Ponder has mostly matched Wilson blow-for-blow, going 9-of-13 for 114 yards and a TD. The difference was the fumble. In the second half, Peterson will have to crank it up, because I don’t think Ponder can keep having the same success against Seattle. The defense needs to find a solution to Russell Wilson, and that won’t be easy. Right now Wilson is lighting them up.

Oh and I almost forgot Percy’s other big play. The final score of the half for Seattle was set up by a long Harvin kickoff return, after Pete Carroll said Harvin wouldn’t be used on kickoffs. Guess Percy changed Carroll’s mind. Percy is already paying off in a meaningful way for Seattle.

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