Countdown to Kickoff

Greetings from the Hump Dome – or Mall of America Field the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, if you must – where the Seahawks will attempt to shock the football world today when they meet the 8-1 Vikings.

While things haven’t gone exactly as planned for the 3-6 Seahawks, things couldn’t be going much better for the Vikings. This is the second of three consecutive road games for the Seahawks, who are 0-4 on the road; the second of three consecutive home games for the Vikings, who are 4-0 at home.

Another big difference in the plights of these teams: The Seahawks have had 12 starters miss a combined 43 games, and counting since leading rusher Julius Jones won’t play today and cornerback Josh Wilson might not; the Vikings have had two starters miss a total of four games.

Where to begin with all the challenges facing the Seahawks: Brett Favre, the NFL’s highest-rated passer; Adrian Peterson, the NFC’s leading rusher; Steve Hutchinson, the All-Pro guard (and ex-Seahawk) who anchors a big, physical line; Jared Allen, who leads the NFC in sacks; rookie Percy Harvin, who leads the league in kickoff return average.

Daunting, indeed. But doable? We’re all about to find out.

For those watching at home, the voices will be familiar because Dick Stockton and Charles Davis are doing their fourth Seahawks game in a row – and sixth this season. Today is Stockton’s birthday.

We’ll be back later with the inactives.

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