Sunday's matchup between theand is shaping up to be a postseason preview. Just like everybody thought, right?
OK, maybe not. But if the playoffs started today, Seattle would travel to Minnesota for a wild card matchup. Given how well the NFC North-leading Vikings have played this season, that's far from an easy task.
One of the keys to this contest will be which team can control the game on the ground. The Vikings and Seahawks are first and second in the league in rushing yards per contest, respectively, though Seattle's run defense is better. The Seahawks are fifth in the league against the run, whereas the Vikings are 20th.
After spending the bulk of 2014 on the commissioner's exempt list,is once again the best running back in football. He leads the league in rushing yards and has scored eight touchdowns as well.
With hernia surgery expected to keep sidelined for at least one month, has emerged as the Seahawks' leading back. The undrafted rookie is averaging 5.6 yards per carry and is just two weeks removed from a 209-yard, three-touchdown performance against the .
In a lot of respects, the Seahawks and Vikings are rough equivalents of each other, as they both have strong running games and pulverizing defenses. But the biggest differences between the two clubs is at the quarterback position, and that could wind up being what decides this game.
But given how Graham has struggled to mesh with Wilson this season, his absence may not have as large of an impact on Seattle's offense as one would expect. He's only caught two touchdown passes in 11 games. All five of Wilson's touchdown passes last week were thrown toand .
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