Vikings still in thick of playoff hunt despite loss to Seahawks

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He did have two touchdowns late in the game, one to a wide-open Laquon "I'm Not Dead Yet" Treadwell, and another attractive, one-armed catch by underused tight end Kyle Rudolph. Cousins put together a solid performance against the Seahawks, completing 22 of 38 passes for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception of a ball that wide receiver Stefon Diggs could not hold onto.

After scoring his 12th rushing touchdown of the season in the first quarter, Cook first appeared to be injured on a fumble just before halftime.

The Vikings defense still surrendered a season-worst 444 yards even while safety Harrison Smith (hamstring), safety Anthony Harris (groin) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee) also played despite being listed as questionable. He was a safety at Oklahoma State before converting to cornerback after Seattle drafted him in the fifth round previous year.

The Seahawks know they can't look ahead to the postseason just yet however, not with the 49ers also at 10-2 (Seattle is now in first place having beaten the 49ers), and a with a tough finishing schedule coming up. They also ran all over the Vikings, which was impressive. Though he quickly came back to the sideline, he did enter Minnesota's next drive. But the reality is that they need to win out to ensure a playoff spot. Another win over their rival in the season finale should be what it takes to lock the Seahawks in as No. 1 or No. 2 seed, which would force at least one NFC team to try to win a playoff game in Seattle. Wilson and the Seahawks quickly identified the Vikings' plan to slow their passing game and attacked elsewhere.

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But the Panthers have fallen on hard times lately following injuries to quarterback Cam Newton the past two seasons. In nine seasons Rivera guided the team to a Super Bowl appearance, an NFC championship and three NFC South titles.

It's understandable why Clowney was giving Wilson such high praise.

The Green Bay Packers have separated from the Minnesota Vikings in a big week atop the NFC North. The Vikings host the Lions, visit the Chargers and host the Packers. You saw David Moore step in and just make a huge play for us, tremendous play. She's cooking, so I'm going to get it all back. The odds of that happening seem to be a long shot unless Zimmer can find some magic fix.

On Monday night Seattle fell behind early thanks to a weird pick-six by Wilson.

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