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By Matthew Asher

SEATTLE, WA - NOVEMBER 17: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field on November 17, 2013 in Seattle,Wa. The Seahawks won the game 41-20. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

(Credit, Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Just like their Week 10 win against Atlanta, Seattle’s 41-20 win over the Vikings was a team effort. Nobody had any gaudy offensive numbers, but as a team, Seattle was able to shut down the reigning MVP, Adrian “All-Day” Peterson as the ‘Hawks are now the first team in the NFL this season to get to 10 wins.

The Good
Russell Wilson gets an A

It’s become the standard operating procedure for the Seahawks all season: Wilson throws between 200 and 300 passing yards, a couple of touchdowns and does a good job of limiting turnovers. This game was no exception. Wilson completed 13 of his 18 attempts for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

None of the ‘Hawks receivers stood out, but Wilson did a good job of not playing favorites as a total of nine Seahawks caught at least one pass. Only three men caught two or more. Those men were Zach Miller, Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch who led the way with 69, 63 and nine receiving yards, respectively on eight combined catches. Baldwin and Lynch were each responsible for a receiving touchdown.

The “Bad”
Marshawn Lynch gets an B

This is more a critique on how well Beast Mode did last week versus this week. Last week Lynch torched the Falcons for 145 yards on the ground. This week Beast Mode didn’t come close to breaking the 100-yard rushing mark, picking up 54 yards on the ground and another nine through the air on 19 total touches. Three of those plays resulted in touchdowns so it wasn’t a terrible game at all, just not close to the number he put up last week. He also fumbled the ball once, and while Seattle did recover it, fumbles in the NFL Playoffs are much more costly.

The Ugly
Seattle in the third quarter gets a C-

Seattle had two full possessions take place in the third quarter and a third start in the quarter. The first drive was a three-and-out and went for negative yardage. The second drive was only six plays and resulted in a punt after gaining just 28 yards. The third drive in the third quarter for Seattle resulted in another punt after Seattle managed just 25 yards on four offensive plays.

In total, Seattle gained less than 50 yards of offense and had the ball less than eight total minutes in that quarter and change. This means that for the other three quarters, Seattle put up about 270 yards of offense, averaging 90 yards per quarter, 40 yards fewer than in the third quarter.

After 11 punishing games, Seattle finally gets their well-deserved bye week before returning home to face the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. Depending on how New Orleans does against Atlanta next week, the ‘Hawks/Saints game could decide the top seeding in the NFC Playoff picture.

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Matthew Asher is a freelance journalist. From an early age, sports have played a major role in his life. He graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Journalism. After college he spent 2 years working with CNN Sports and still occasionally writes sports articles for several publications both in the United States and Canada. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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