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Quick hits: Vikings beaten up and blown out in 38-7 loss to Seahawks

By Andrew Krammer

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings were beaten up and blown out on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in a 38-7 loss.

Multiple defensive starters were forced out for Minnesota while the Seahawks (7-5) made a quick rout of the Vikings (8-4) with a 21-0 lead by halftime. Adrian Peterson was marginalized with eight carries, his fewest ever in a NFL game in which he wasn’t injured.

The offense was shutout for the first time since Josh Freeman started in October 2013, and the defense surrendered a season-worst 38 points to a red-hot Seahawks group. Russell Wilson completed 21 of 27 throws for 274 yards and three touchdowns before he was pulled for Tarvaris Jackson in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings’ lone score came on Cordarrelle Patterson’s second kickoff return for a touchdown this season, cutting the Seahawks’ lead to 35-7 in the third quarter.

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It was over early — When Antone Exum Jr. forced a Thomas Rawls’ fumble on the opening drive, the Vikings defense looked poised to fight pound for pound with the Seahawks. On the next series, they lost safety Harrison Smith (hamstring) and linebacker Anthony Barr (groin) to injuries, and the rout was on. Russell Wilson and Rawls forced missed tackle after missed tackle, as the duo combined for three touchdowns in the first half alone to carry a 21-0 lead into halftime.

Depleted — The Vikings were already down nose tackle Linval Joseph (foot) and safety Andrew Sendejo (knee) before the game, and they lost Barr and Smith by the second defensive series. At one point, replacement safety Robert Blanton was pulled from the game after helmet-to-helmet contact with Ricardo Lockette and Exum Jr., forcing the Vikings to put cornerback Terence Newman at safety for a play with rookie Trae Waynes in at corner. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd also hobbled off the field with trainers in the fourth quarter.

Season low — The Seahawks’ 38 points was the most allowed by the Vikings under coach Mike Zimmer since their 42-14 shellacking last year at Green Bay in Christian Ponder’s final start for Minnesota. It’s a season-low mark overall for the Vikings, as they were shut

Ineffective – Teddy Bridgewater’s longest completion came on a crossing route to Mike Wallace for a 25-yard gain, otherwise the Vikings’ passing attack was muzzled by ineffective play and a Super Bowl-caliber group pouncing on their mistakes. Trailing 14-0, Bridgewater overthrew Stefon Diggs down the middle of the field, landing in Earl Thomas’ arms for an interception. The Seahawks scored just a few plays later to take the 21-0 lead. Bridgewater finished with a career-low 118 yards on 17 for 28 passing. He now has eight touchdowns to eight interceptions on the season.

Marginalized — Adrian Peterson had five carries for 10 yards in the first half as he was shelved when the Vikings pivoted into a hurry-up offense toward halftime. His longest run came out of a heavy formation, with three tight ends, for five yards and once the Vikings fell down by three scores, his day was effectively marginalized. Peterson finished with 18 yards on eight carries.

Seeing yellow — The Vikings and Seahawks combined for 16 penalties before the fourth quarter, including some back-breaking flags against both teams. An offensive pass interference against Jarius Wright negated a third-down conversion from Bridgewater, an unnecessary roughness flag against Brian Robison gave the Seahawks life in the red zone and a hold against Seattle canceled out a 53-yard scramble for a score by Wilson. On the next play, Wilson hit Doug Baldwin for a 53-yard touchdown over Exum Jr. When the Seahawks scored just plays after Robison’s flag, the veteran stayed on the field afterward to chat with referee Terry McAulay.

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Source:: 1500 ESPN Sportswire

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