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Vikings on Seattle: Deep passes, many options
Andrew Sendejo (Tom Dahlin/Viking Update)
Posted Nov 14, 2013
The Seahawks don’t throw the ball as often as some teams, but they like to spread it around and take deep shots, according to members of the Vikings secondary.
The Vikings secondary is bracing itself for the return of
this Sunday, but as Minnesota’s defenders prepare for the
, the Vikings have much more to deal with than simply Harvin, who has yet to play a down for the team.
“They have a lot of good receivers,”
said. “They have a bunch of players that are very good at their roles. Percy is a great player, but they’ve already got some very good receivers. Obviously, to be 9-1, they’re doing something right.”
Through 10 games, the Seahawks have just three players with more than 20 receptions –
(22), but have seven different players who have scored touchdowns, including
, who has four touchdowns on just 13 receptions and Sidney Rice, who had three touchdowns before being placed on injured reserve last month.
“They don’t have the one guy that you know is going to be getting the ball thrown his way all the time,”
said. “They spread the ball around and get a lot of different players involved.”
While Seattle has just three players with more than 20 receptions, the Seahawks have seven players with 11 or more catches and five of them are averaging 14 yards per reception or more and six of them have at least one catch of more than 30 yards. The Vikings will have their work cut out for them in the secondary Sunday because, while Seattle doesn’t throw as much as most NFL teams, when they do pass the ball they will test the secondary deep down the field.
is fifth in the league, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt, behind
“Wilson has a strong arm and isn’t afraid to take deep shots,”
said. “He’s very accurate and they throw the deep ball a lot. We’re going to be tested because they go for the bomb a lot when they pass.”
Sendejo is right about Wilson’s accuracy on deep passes. He leads the NFL in downfield accuracy – 57.6 percent on passes directed 20 yards or more downfield, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Vikings secondary got some rare good news Wednesday when
, both of whom have missed time due to injury this season, practiced fully on Wednesday.
was formally charged with DWI stemming from his arrest early Saturday morning. He is likley to play Sunday while the case works it way through the court system but he might not start.
The last time the Vikings were a two-touchdown underdog was 1987, when they were an 18-point underdog to the
Two key cornerbacks for the Seahawks –
(groin) – didn’t practice Wednesday.
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