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T  he Vikings rank as one of the disappointments in the NFL, collapsing from a 10-6 playoff team in 2012 to a 2-7 squad buried in last place in the NFC North. Coach Leslie Frazier is on the hot seat.

The Vikings have one sure thing in running back Adrian Peterson, fourth in the NFL in rushing with 786 yards. But the quarterback situation has been a revolving door (Christian Ponder is expected to start this week), and the passing game has been anemic. The defense has been worse, ranking 30th this week in the NFL at 399.3 yards allowed.

The Vikings have dangerous returners, including Cordarrelle Patterson. But the stats paint a clear picture of why Seattle is a two-touchdown favorite, the biggest spread against the Vikings in 26 years.

Bob Condotta

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