NFC Wild Card Preview: Seattle vs. Minnesota

The NFL Playoffs kick off with a NFC Wild Card matchup between the 6th-seeded Seattle Seahawks and the 3rd-seeded Minnesota Vikings. The ITP editors have collected our coverage of these two teams from the 2015 regular season.

Seattle

Richard Sherman was beat early in the season by St. Louis Rams receiver Stedman Bailey, showing that the great corner can be thrown on.


Chuck Zodda shows how the Seahawks punt coverage unit failed, leading to a Tavon Austin touchdown.


Former NFL scout Dan Hatman broke down the Seahawks’ offense before their matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Mark Schofield shows how patience is the key for any quarterback who wishes to be successful against Seattle’s secondary in this preview of their matchup with the Carolina Panthers.


Phlip Kibbey demonstrates how miscommunication between Seattle defenders led to a game-deciding touchdown against Cam Newton and the Panthers.


Steven Hauschka has displayed some difficulties kicking extra points this year, and Zodda explains how this can happen to a kicker.


Russell Wilson connected with rookie Tyler Lockett on this fourth quarter touchdown pass, which helps show the continued growth of the young quarterback.


Zodda expresses his concern with Jon Ryan and the Seattle punt coverage unit heading into the playoffs.

 

Minnesota

Stefon Diggs had an impressive rookie campaign, and Schofield looked at how he was utilized in the offense and his impressive route running ability.


Cordarrelle Patterson took advantage of a botched squib kick against the Oakland Raiders, returning it for a touchdown.


The Seahawks offensive line will have their hands full with Everson Griffen.


The Vikings are started youngster Teddy Bridgewater at quarterback, and Brian Filipiak shows how the Denver Broncos overwhelmed the signal caller with the overload blitz.


Griffen isn’t the only defensive lineman that the Seahawks have to worry about. Matt Weston shows how Linval Joseph can impact the game.

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