In recent weeks, the Seattle Seahawks have gone full beast mode to assure their place in the playoffs. The traditionally run-minded offense has been laying waste to opposing defenses by the arm of Russell Wilson, and the hands of Doug Baldwin.
When last they met
One of these teams, that the Seahawks trawled, was the Minnesota Vikings. In Week 13, Seattle triumphed in Minnesota by 38-7. Wilson threw a hat-trick of touchdowns and ran one in for himself – for good measure.
The Seahawks’ stand-in running back, Thomas Rawls, claimed 101 yards, from scrimmage, and a touchdown. His quarterback threw 274 yards with a 77.8% pass completion.
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By going 35-0 up, Seattle managed to cancel out Minnesota’s star player, Adrian Peterson, by forcing Teddy Bridgewater to throw the ball.
Bar the blip against the St. Louis Rams, Seattle has rampaged to the playoffs with their high power offense and a solid defense.
The defeated: Baltimore 35-6, Cleveland 30-13 and, Arizona 36-6. It really is incredible just how many points they’ve managed to score, whilst conceding so few.
In the shock obliteration of the Cardinals, Seattle showcased just how deep their offense is. Bryce Brown went up the middle for their only rushing touchdown of the game whilst Coffman, Kearse and Tukuafu got on the end of another Wilson touchdown hat-trick.
Beast Mode returns
CBS Sports has reported that elite running back, Marshawn Lynch, is likely to return for the Wild Card playoff game.
Seattle has averaged 32 points per game without Lynch this season. Throw Mr Beast Mode into the equation and their on-fire offense becomes one of the most menacing in the league.
However, the Vikings have been performing well against the rush recently. Against Green Bay, they held Eddie Lacy and James Starks to 58 yards on 21 attempts. Admittedly, Lacy has struggled in this – heavier – season, but the Vikings still managed to keep him at bay. Minnesota also stopped the Forte-Langford committee from scoring a touchdown or breaching 100 yards as a unit.
Can Minnesota upset the Seahawks?
If the Vikings fall behind the Seahawks and fail to respond on the next drive, then Seattle will lay waste to them. Minnesota needs to keep Adrian Peterson in the game for as long as possible.
Russell Wilson has been relentless, even in games where a win is already guaranteed. If Seattle is given a sniff of the lead, they will run away with it.