When: Sunday, 10 a.m., Mall of America Field, Minneapolis
Records: Seahawks 3-6, Vikings 8-1
TV: KCPQ/13 (Dick Stockton, Charles Davis)
Radio: 710 ESPN-AM and KIRO-FM/97.3 (Steve Raible, Warren Moon, Jen Mueller)
Seahawks MLB David Hawthorne vs. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson: Trying to bring down Peterson, the NFC’s leading rusher, is a gang-tackling assignment. But it will start with Hawthorne’s ability to read the play; play off blocks by All-Pro left guard Steve Hutchinson, among others; and get to Peterson before he can start making people miss with his moves in the open field. Peterson is averaging 101.8 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. Hawthorne, despite starting only four games, leads the Seahawks with 55 tackles.
One to watch
Seahawks LT Sean Locklear vs. Vikings DE Jared Allen: In his second game back after missing six because of a high ankle sprain, Locklear draws the second-to-none assignment of blocking Allen. The Vikings’ rampaging pass-rusher had 14½ sacks last season in his first year with the Vikings and currently leads the NFC with 10½ in nine games this season. The Seahawks will give Locklear some help, at times, but the better Locklear is able to do in his solo matchups the better off the offense will be. Containing Allen not only will give QB Matt Hasselbeck the time he needs to find open receivers, it will allow TE John Carlson to be one of those receivers – rather than a blocker or chipper.
Fun to watch
Hasselbeck and Vikings QB Brett Favre: Hasselbeck was Favre’s backup for three seasons when both were in Green Bay (1998-2000). Since then, they have matched up five times, with Favre holding a 4-1 edge, including playoffs. While Favre was the gunslinger in those games, it is Hasselbeck who has put the ball up 50-plus times in the past two games – something Favre has done just once this season, and it was in the Vikings’ only loss to the Steelers. Favre, however, passed for a season-high 344 yards against the Lions last week.
The Vikings are looking to start 9-1 for the first time since 1998. … They are second in NFL in points scored (271) and have scored in 33 of their 36 quarters. … The Vikings lead the league with 34 sacks, and 27½ have come from their defensive linemen. … The Vikings have not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 32 games, the longest streak in the NFL. … WR Bernard Berrian has faced the Seahawks three times – all while playing for the Bears – and has three 100-yard receiving games. … Seahawks RB Justin Forsett is coming off a 123-yard rushing performance against the Cardinals and makes his first NFL start for the injured Julius Jones. … WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh had 165 receiving yards against the Cardinals – the most by a Seahawk since 2002. … Hawthorne also leads the Seahawks in interceptions (3) and is second in sacks (3). … LB E.J. Henderson leads the Vikings with 78 tackles, while LB Chad Greenway is second in tackles (72) and shares the lead in interceptions (2) and passes defensed (six). … Allen has one career interception. It came off Seneca Wallace in a 2006 game when Allen was playing for the Kansas City Chiefs.