Three Seahawks that need to play well versus Vikings for Seattle to win
By Lee Vowell
Hunt replaced Justin Britt at center when Britt was lost for the season with an injury a bit over a month ago. Hunt hasn’t been terrible really, but he hasn’t been Britt either. The thing that made Britt good for the Seahawks was that he was a big dude who could maul. Plus, he was a former college wrestler who liked to rumble and used his strength to win one on one matches.
Hunt is small by NFL standards. (By human standards he is still pretty large as he weighs 300 pounds.) He can be over-powered, like he was at times in week 12 by the Eagles Fletcher Cox, by bigger and stronger defensive linemen. The Vikings have those in spades.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has three sacks for Minnesota in 2019 but is capable of more. He can use the interior rush to get inside on a quarterback causing him to flush the pocket. There the Vikings have edge rushers Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter to mop up. Seattle tackles Germain Ifedi and Duane Brown have been solid and good, respectively. But a tackle can only hold a block so long.
If Hunt can get in the way and let Russell Wilson feels he has time to innovate, the Seahawks will be fine. But if Wilson feels pressure up the middle often, Seattle might rely on the run more and become more predictable which would be a mistake against the Vikings front four.