Game time: 1:25 p.m., Sunday, CenturyLink Field.
TV: Ch. 13.
Coach: Leslie Frasier, 17-29 in fourth season with Vikings.
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Last game: Beat Washington 34-27.
The series: Seattle leads 7-5 including a 30-20 victory over the Vikings in Seattle on Nov. 4, 2012. Seattle won despite Adrian Peterson rushing for 182 yards.
The early line: Seahawks by 13½.
Key players: The foundation of Minnesota’s offense, if not the entire team, is the running of Peterson. He’s not on the same pace as a year ago when he rushed for 2,097 yards, but his 786 yards ranks fourth in the NFL and he remains a threat to have a monster game. Minnesota has had a quarterback carousel all season, but for the moment is back to Christian Ponder, who threw two touchdowns in the victory over the Redskins on Thursday before leaving with a dislocation to his non-throwing shoulder. Ponder told reporters Monday he expects to play against the Seahawks. The Vikings might be without wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who leads the team with 491 receiving yards, if he is disciplined after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Saturday. He told reporters Monday he plans to play against the Seahawks. Defensive end Jared Allen isn’t on the same pace as 2011 when he had 22 sacks, but his five leads the team and he remains one of the best at his position.
Minnesota’s keys to success: The Vikings, a playoff team a year ago at 10-6, have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments. And their numbers are indicative of a struggling team, 28th in total offense at 315.7 yards and 30th in total defense at 399.3. Ponder has yet to emerge as a consistent force as a quarterback, which mitigates the effectiveness of Peterson in the running game. Defensively, the Vikings are particularly bad against the pass, allowing 21 touchdown passes, tied for the most in the NFL, while also allowing 23 or more points in every game.