Seahawks defense (seriously!) dominated Vikings


The Seattle Seahawks’ defense crushed the Minnesota Vikings’ offense on Sunday. The statistics are almost unfathomable. 

It is difficult to properly describe just how well the Seattle Seahawks played on Sunday. They completely dismantled the Minnesota Vikings in every phase of the game in their 38-7 win.

The stats from this game tell a scary story. This was arguably the best defensive performance by any team in the NFL this season.

Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson entered the game as the league’s top rusher with 1164 yards. He was averaging over 105 yards per game. The Seahawks held him to only 18 yards on 8 carries.

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That’s only 2.25 yards per carry. That is less than half of the per carry average he had for season entering the game (4.92 yards er carry).

Throw in the carries by all the other players for the Vikings and the numbers look even more impressive. On 16 rushing plays, the Vikings gained only 31 yards. That’s 1.9 yards per carry.

Keep in mind that the Vikings were the league’s top rushing offense both in yards and yards per carry. Seattle’s defense completely dismantled the league’s best running game.

What Seattle did to the Minnesota passing game might be even more impressive. It doesn’t matter if you can make a team one-dimensional if you get carved up by the other facet of the offense.

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That was what happened the previous week against the Steelers. The Seahawks stifled the Pittsburgh running game, only to give up 490 passing to Ben Roethlisberger.

That didn’t happen this week.

Teddy Bridgewater had only 118 yards passing on 28 attempts. His 4.2 yards per pass attempt was less than half of what Russell Wilson had that game.

Bridgewater was also sacked 4 times, costing the Vikings 24 yards. Put it together, and Vikings’ passing offense had 94 yards on 32 plays. That’s a dismal 2.9 yards per play.

This was a complete dismantling of the Minnesota offense by the Seahawks.

The 125 yards of total offense was the lowest number that any team totaled in a game this season. In a league where Matt Cassel and Case Keenum are currently starting QBs, that’s a incredible stat.

In fact, the Vikings never advanced the football passed Seattle’s 36 yard line. Not only did the offense never score, they never even got inside of field goal range.

Overall, there is only one adjective that properly described Seattle’s performance against Minnesota on Sunday: Dominant!