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Russell Wilson's legs could be a factor for Seahawks vs. Vikings

Quarterback Russell Wilson rushed for 51 yards and a TD when Seattle beat the Vikings 38-7 on Dec. 6 in Minnesota. Damian Strohmeyer/AP Images

Much of the attention behind Russell Wilson's career year has focused on his efforts as a pocket passer.

And for good reason. Wilson posted a 118.6 passer rating on throws from the pocket, the highest single-season mark of any quarterback in the past three seasons.

But what makes Wilson so unique is his complete skill set. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he is the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns while also rushing for at least 500 yards. And against the Minnesota Vikings, it's his legs that could be a factor.

The latest AccuWeather forecast calls for a high of 3 degrees Sunday. Coach Pete Carroll talked during the week about the importance of taking care of the football in the cold. He also acknowledged that the frigid temperatures could present challenges in the passing game. Then, on Friday afternoon, the team got the unexpected news that Marshawn Lynch would not be returning to action.

Add up all the factors, and this could be a game where Wilson does damage with his legs. In the Week 13 matchup, he ran for 51 yards against the Vikings. During the season, Wilson ran for 553 yards, third among quarterbacks behind Carolina's Cam Newton and Buffalo's Tyrod Taylor.

The read-option is still an element of the Seahawks' offense, even though they have called on it less than they did in 2014. And if the Vikings play a lot of man coverage with defenders turning their backs to the line of scrimmage, Wilson could have ample opportunity to scramble and pick up big chunks of yardage.

As Lynch, running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham have gone down this season, Wilson has been one of the few constants on offense -- a unit that ranked second in terms of offensive efficiency and averaged 31.25 points per game in the second half of the season. He has proved throughout his career that he can beat defenses in a number of ways. And if the Seahawks are going to advance past the Vikings, Wilson will once again have to find a way.