NFL's top two rushers clash in Seahawks-Vikings gameMinnesota Sports
-- The NFL's two top rushers meet in Seattle on Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Seahawks.
SEATTLE (Sports Network) - The NFL's two top rushers meet in Seattle on Sunday when the Minnesota Vikings visit the Seahawks.
The Vikings' Adrian Peterson, No. 1 in the NFL with 775 rushing yards, and Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, second with 757, probably won't decide this one, however.
The alarming regression of Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder doesn't figure to slow a against a Seahawks secondary which could be the NFL's best.
The Vikings ended the first half of their season on a down note back on Oct. 25 when Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman fired three touchdown passes and Doug Martin racked up over 200 total yards of total offense and two scores, as the Buccaneers ended a nine-game road losing streak with a 36-17 triumph over Minnesota at Mall of America Field.
Ponder completed 19-of-35 passes for 251 yards, one touchdown and one interception but most of that damage was done after the game was far out of reach. Peterson, meanwhile, rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries for the Vikings, who have lost six straight against Tampa Bay.
"We definitely did not play good football in any phase," Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier admitted. "I didn't do a good job of getting our guys prepared for a game like this. We did not play well. It's extremely obvious."
Seattle also comes in after a tough loss last Sunday.
Detroit's Titus Young's second touchdown catch of the game came with 20 seconds remaining led the Lions to a 28-24 win over the Seahawks at Ford Field.
Rookie Russell Wilson was 25-for-35 passing for 236 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Lynch had 12 carries for 105 yards and a score for the Seahawks, who have dropped their past two.
"We're disappointed in losing the game," said Seattle head coach Peter Carroll. "We couldn't hold them when we had to and finish them off. We were really bad on third downs and that hurt us badly."
Seattle has a slim 6-5 edge in the all-time series with Minnesota but the Vikings have taken three of the past four.
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