A look at the 2-7 Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks’ Week 11 opponent:
When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Record: 2-7 after a 34-27 victory over the Washington Redskins last Thursday night, which snapped a four-game losing streak
Where they rank: No. 28 on offense (17th rushing, 25th passing); No. 30 on defense (17th rushing, 29th passing)
TV: FOX (Q/13 in Seattle), with Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
Series: Seahawks lead 7-5, including a 30-20 victory at CenturyLink Field on Nov. 4 last season
Unsung hero: Kevin Williams. With Letroy Guion and Fred Evans inactive against the Redskins, the Vikings had a gaping hole in the middle of their defensive line. Until Williams slid over from his spot as the three-technique tackle to fill it, and then some. In his first start at nose tackle, the 6-foot-5, 311-pound Williams had 2.5 sacks among his seven tackles and also hit the Redskins’ Robert Griffin III two other times. Williams moving to the nose also allowed the Vikings to start first-round draft choice Sharrif Floyd, Williams’ backup, at the three-technique spot. “I hope that’s the Fountain of Youth he’s found and we’re going to see it the rest of the season,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said after the game when asked about Williams, “because we definitely need an inside pass rush and we’ve been lacking that, so we need that in a big way for us to be able to do what we want on defense where we rely so much on our front four being able to rush the passer without having to pressure (blitz) all the time.”
On the spot: The Seahawks’ coverage units. Or, the Vikings’ Cordarrelle Patterson and Marcus Sherels, depending on how these intriguing matchups unfold. The Seahawks have allowed a league-low 15 punt return yards all season, while Sherels is averaging a league-best 16.3 yards returning punts. The Seahawks are allowing opponent drives to start at the 20.1 yard-line off
Numbers to know: 1, rushing touchdown needed by Peterson to give him 10 this season, and for the seventh consecutive season. … 2009, the last time Williams had a multiple-sack game. … 6, kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns by the Vikings since 2011. … 800, regular-season games in Vikings’ history when they take the field Sunday.
Familiar faces: TE John Carlson was the Seahawks’ second-round draft choice in 2008 and voted to the franchise’s 35th Anniversary team. With starter Kyle Rudolph out with a foot injury, Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and his first TD catch as a Viking against the Redskins.
The last word: “The thing with this injury is, it’s not really going to hinder anything. It’s not hindering my throwing motion or anything. It’s just going to be taking a hit or something, and we don’t have fear that it’s going to get worse. It’s just being able to handle the pain. And if I can do it, then I’ll play.” – QB Christian Ponder, who dislocated his left shoulder against the Redskins