AP sparkles in Vikings loss


Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had his best game since 2008, but the Vikings failed to prosper with him against the Seahawks as they lost 30-20 at the CenturyLink Field last Sunday.

One of the main focuses of this game was the matchup between the two best rushers in the NFL, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. Peterson won this competition by earning 182 yards and two touchdowns, compared to Lynch’s 127 yards and one touchdown.

Peterson started the day off well, as he went 74 yards on the second play of the game, only to be tackled at the 1-yard line by Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner. He finished with 144 rushing yards at halftime, the most yards he has ever achieved in the first half of a game in his career. Six of those rushes went for more than 10 yards. Despite the great first half start, Peterson was only handed the ball five times in the second half for 38 yards.

Even though the Vikings posted up the yards, they trailed at half time 20-17 because of Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson.

During the game, Wilson threw a touchdown pass of 11 yards to Ex-Vikings and current Seahawks wide receiver, Sidney Rice, and two touchdown passes of six and 11 yards to wide receiver Golden Tate.

Tate made a mockery of the Vikings defence on his second touchdown, weaving in and out of the Vikings defence before eventually jumping over Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson to score.

Wilson finished 16 of 24 with 173 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with eight different receivers. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder however, finished 11 of 22 with only 63 yards and one interception.

Ponder was also sacked four times by the Seahawks defence, compared to Wilson who was only sacked once.

The Seahawks won the game with a final score of 30-20.

Next up for the Vikings is a home game against the Detroit Lions. Earlier in the season, the Vikings defeated the Lions, 20-13. The Vikings will want to win this game in order to go into their BYE week with a winning streak for the tough second half of the season that lies ahead of them.

Conor Porter
Twitter – @ConorJPorter
Blog – http://conorporter.blogspot.co.uk/

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