Rapid Reaction: Seattle Seahawks
November, 17, 2013
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com
SEATTLE -- A few thoughts on the Seattle Seahawks 41-20 victory against the Minnesota Vikings Sunday at CenturyLink Field:
What it means: The Seahawks head to the bye week at 10-1, in control of their own destiny and are the team to beat as far as home-field advantage goes for the playoffs in the NFC. With receiver Percy Harvin finally on the field and the offensive line healthy again, this game showed just how good the Seahawks can be and what a dangerous team they are when they have all their weapons. Seattle now has won a franchise record 13 consecutive home games.
Stock watch: Running back Marshawn Lynch scored three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving. Receiver Doug Baldwin came up big again with an outstretched catch in the corner of the end zone for a 19-yard TD.
Hot Harvin: Everyone quickly learned why receiver Percy Harvin might be worth the $67 million contract the Seahawks paid to get him. In his first game as a Seahawk, Harvin had a 58-yard kickoff return to set up one touchdown, and a spectacular diving 17-yard catch to keep another TD drive alive. He also lined up in the backfield on one play in the third quarter.
Defensive dominance: The only TD for Minnesota came on a rare blown coverage by Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in the first quarter, but the defense was superb otherwise until a meaningless late TD for Minnesota against Seattle backups long after the outcome was decided. Cornerback Walter Thurmond had a 29-yard pick-six, defensive end Cliff Avril had a sack/forced fumble on Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner also had an interception. And who would have guessed defensive tackle Clinton McDonald would come up with an interception, thanks to a defection by defensive end Chris Clemons.
Jermaine Kearse suffers possible concussion: That’s the reason Harvin got a chance to return kicks. In what might be the strangest “tackle” of the season, Kearse was running full speed on a first-quarter kickoff when he slammed into Seattle’s J.R. Sweezy like he was hitting a brick wall. Kearse was helped off the field and did not return to the game because of concussion symptoms.
What's next: The Seahawks finally get their bye week and have 15 days before the big Monday night game against the New Orleans Saints at the CLink.