Ponder this: Vikings grounded by Seahawks
By John Kryk, QMI Agency
|Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) stiff arms Minnesota Vikings Josh Robinson during the third quarter of their NFL football game in Seattle, Washington, November 4, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Sorbo
Never mind that Adrian Peterson ran wild for the Minnesota Vikings in Seattle on Sunday.
Christian Ponder could barely complete a pass against the Seahawks’ fantastic pass defence, and that was the biggest factor in the game as Seattle won 30-20.
Both teams are now 5-4.
The Seahawks limited Ponder to 11-of-22 passing for 63 yards. That’s right, 63 yards.
The cost of that, perhaps, was that Peterson gained 182 yards on 17 carries, for two touchdowns.
For the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch – the NFL’s second leading rusher, after Peterson – offset AP’s big day to a large degree, gaining 124 yards of his own for one touchdown.
Rookie Seattle quarterback wasn’t spectacular, but he more and more he makes big plays when his team needs them. He threw three first-half touchdowns.
Golden Tate caught two of them, the second of which put Seattle ahead for good just before halftime.
“It was huge for us today,” Wilson said. “The offence did a good job of making some plays when we needed it to.
“A balanced attack is tough to defend.”