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Predictions & Projections
David M. Dorey
The Huddle
WEEK 14
December 8, 2004
Season Ticket
Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 1 PM Sun 4 PM Sun 8:30 PM
NYG at BAL* DET at GB CIN at NE* SF at ARZ* PHI at WAS
OAK at ATL IND at HOU* Sun 4 PM STL at CAR* Mon 9 PM
CLE at BUF* CHI at JAX* MIA at DEN TB at SD* KC at TEN*
NO at DAL SEA at MIN NYJ at PIT *updated Times ET
  Seattle Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Hasselbeck 10 0 230,2
RB Shaun Alexander 100,1 20 0
TE Jerramy Stevens 0 20 0
WR Darrell Jackson 0 100,1 0
WR Jerhemy Urban 0 40 0
WR Jerry Rice 0 50,1 0
PK Josh Brown 1 FG 3 XP -
  Minnesota Rush Catch Pass
QB Daunte Culpepper 20 0 280,3
RB Moe Williams 20 20 0
RB Onterrio Smith 90,1 20 0
TE Jermaine Wiggins 0 60,1 0
WR Randy Moss 0 50,1 0
WR Nate Burleson 0 70 0
WR Marcus Robinson 0 50,1 0
PK Morten Andersen 2 FG 4 XP -

SEA (6-6) vs MIN (7-5)

Game Prediction: SEA 24, MIN 34

While these teams can both whine about how they came off stinging losses, only the Seahawks can claim two straight painful losses and both of them at home. Seattle also has a short week and a road trip to reduce their preparation time.

Pre-Game Notes - SEA

The miraculous part of the Seahawks' 6-6 record is that they have only faced one team this entire season that currently owns a winning record (New England). That means they are only 6-5 against teams that are .500 or worse. These last two losses to BUF and DAL have Holmgren's future in question.

Quarterback: Matt Hasselbeck comes off his best game of the year - 414 yards and three scores against the Cowboys in a losing effort that cannot, for once, be pinned on the passing game. Not unlike the rest of the team, Hasselbeck has been all over the map this season with his recent high game balanced by efforts as low as 172 yards and no scores.

Running Backs: Shaun Alexander scored twice last week to give him 15 touchdowns on the season. He only gained 83 yards against the Cowboys but only had 21 carries in the game. He's now gone three straight weeks with less than 100 yards rushing but still ranks third in the NFL for rushing yardage this season (1265).

Wide Receivers: With 414 passing yards to distribute, the wideouts finally had a big game and actually held on to the ball (for the most part anyway). Jerry Rice had eight catches for 145 yards and one score while Darrell Jackson turned in nine catches for 113 yards and a score as well. Even Jerhemy Urban had a touchdown with 36 yards. It was the first good game byJackson in the last month and Rice's first 100 yard game this season.

The passing game has been lackluster the last month and facing the Dolphins and Bills with good corners made it tough, but it is encouraging that Seattle can still look great passing when facing a soft secondary. Like this week.

Tight Ends: With all those yards last week, Jerramy Stevens even had a good game with 58 yards on only two catches. That was easily his highest this season and more normally he will only gain around 30 yards in a game.

Match Against the Defense: The Vikings have been torn up by the pass this season but really only on the road. In six home games, they have allowed only three passing scores. As inviting as the Viking secondary seems, it has been much better when in Minnesota where the Vikings are 5-1.

Expect that Hasselbeck will have to throw the ball and while he should exceed 200 yards passing, it would be uncharacteristic for him to throw for more than two scores if even that. Considering that Alexander will be relied on as much as possible, the passing numbers will likely disappoint.

Alexander should have one of his better games here and should be a lock for 100 yards and at least one score. If Seattle can keep the score fairly close and continue to run all game, Alexander could really shine here.

Pre-Game Notes - MIN

The Vikings lost a trap game of sorts when they visited the Bears last week but the seeds for that loss were already sown. They were on the road where they were only 2-3 on the season and had lost their last two road games. When faced with a good defense, they have always struggled. Still, it was a surprise loss given the unsettled situation at quarterback for Chicago and that should be fresh on their minds as they prepare this week.

Quarterback: Daunte Culpepper has scored at least once in every game this season and has multiple scores eight games including the last four weeks. While he had a hot start and then cooled, he has ten scores over the last eight weeks and has not fallen below 230 passing yards in a game.

Running Backs: Onterrio Smith is the starting tailback but he has yet to rush for 100 yards in any game this season. He has not exceeded 80 yards more than once and only has three touchdowns on the season with none in the three weeks he has started. Michael Bennett is completely out of the picture now and Mewelde Moore doesn't even dress for games lately. This is Smith's show and he gets to face the same defense that Julius Jones just ravaged.

Wide Receivers: In the two weeks since returning, Randy Moss has one score but never more than 40 yards in a game. He's still not 100% and even added a sore back to his injury list. Marcus Robinson is the receiver that has finally returned to health and is making a difference. He had a score and 90 yards against the Bears last week while Nate Burleson only managed 52 yards and one score.

This is still a powerful unit, but until Moss shows he is back to health the sharing will continue which only makes it harder on opposing secondaries.

Tight Ends: Jermaine Wiggins only has four scores on the season but he quietly has been one of the most consistently productive tight ends for the past five weeks. He has not turned in less than 55 yards a game and has scored twice in that timeframe.

Match Against the Defense: Seattle almost always allows at least one passing score and sometimes two this season and they haven't played a big passing attack outside of the Rams (who beat them twice). Expect that Culpepper throws for at least two scores with a definite shot at three.

The Seattle rush defense has also been plagued by injured players and has truly worsened as the season progressed. In the last two games, they've allowed a shocking total of seven rushing scores and 314 rushing yards to McGahee and Julius Jones.

The Vikings attack will be more balanced than the run heavy leanings of Dallas and Buffalo, but there's a great chance that Smith finally scores another rushing touchdown if Moe Williams or Culpepper doesn't step in to take it themselves.

SEA MIN 2004 Averages MIN SEA
Gains Allows QB's Gains Allows
239
237
Pass yards
288
239
1.3
1.7
Pass TDs
2.5
1.3
1.1
0.4
Interceptions
0.8
1.6
8
12
Rush yards
26
7
0.0
0.3
Rush TDs
0.2
0.2
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RB's
---
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126
112
Rush yards
90
105
1.0
0.8
Rush TDs
0.3
1.0
21
42
Receive yards
64
30
0.3
0.3
Receive TD's
0.3
0.0
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WR's
---
---
176
153
Receive yards
173
165
0.9
0.8
Receive TD's
1.9
1.1
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TE's
---
---
42
44
Receive yards
52
43
0.2
0.6
Receive TD's
0.3
0.2
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PK's
---
---
1.7
1.5
Field Goals
1.1
1.8
2.3
2.7
Extra Points
2.8
2.3
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DEF/ST
---
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0.9
0.8
Fumbles
0.7
0.6
1.6
0.8
Interceptions
0.5
1.1
0.3
0.3
Touchdowns
0.1
0.0
2.3
2.8
Sacks
2.5
1.8
0.0
0.1
Safeties
0.0
0.1
Seahawks (6-6)
Score Opp.
21-7 @NO
10-6 @TB
34-0 SF
Week 4 bye
27-33 STL
20-30 @NE
17-25 @ARI
23-17 CAR
42-27 @SF
12-23 @STL
24-17 MIA
9-38 BUF
39-42 DAL
Week 14 @MIN
Week 15 @NYJ
Week 16 ARI
Week 17 ATL
Vikings (7-5)
Score Opp.
35-17 DAL
16-27 @PHI
27-22 CHI
Week 4 bye
34-28 @HOU
38-31 @NO
20-3 TEN
13-34 NYG
28-31 @IND
31-34 @GB
22-19 DET
27-16 JAX
14-24 @CHI
Week 14 SEA
Week 15 @DET
Week 16 GB
Week 17 @WAS