The Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings know plenty about each other lately. First, the Seahawks “poached” both offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and quarterback Tarvaris Jackson from Minnesota in 2011. (Poached would imply the Vikings would do anything to keep them, which obviously was not the case since they were let go.) Seattle kept going to that well with players like Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin, Antoine Winfield, and Kevin Williams, among others.
None of them stuck around for very long.
But the two teams have now met four times since 2012, all of which have resulted in wins for the Seahawks, including in the wild card round of the playoffs in January. A memorable loss for Minnesota fans, an unexpected sigh of relief for Seattleites. Now the two teams meet again, this time for the lowest possible stakes: A preseason game at CenturyLink Field with three weeks to go until the games are real again.
For the Seahawks, they’ll be trying to sort out their offensive line, shake the rust off of some of their running backs, see what they’ve got in a competition for the fifth receiver, starting outside corner, starting strong side linebacker, and the return of defensive tackle Tony McDaniel, signed earlier this week to beef up the front-seven in the wake of the injury to Sealver Siliga.
For the Vikings, well, I’m not 100-percent sure. I’m not paying that much attention to what goes on with Minnesota these days. But for questions like that, check out our Q and As with the Daily Norseman. For how to watch, listen, and stream the game, check out the facts below.
Location: CenturyLink Stadium, Seattle, Washington
Game time: Thursday, August 18, 7 p.m. PST
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass (free 7-day trial)
Matchup history: Seahawks lead 9-5 (all-time series)
Last time: Seahawks won 10-9 in the NFC playoffs in January after Blair Walsh missed a would-be game-winning 27-yard field goal attempt in -6 degrees. Last December, Seattle beat Minnesota 38-7. Seattle has won the last four meetings.
Connections: Seahawks GM John Schneider went to college at University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell held the same position with the Vikings from 2006-2010. Minnesota DB coach Jerry Gray held the same job under Pete Carroll in 2010.
Odds: Seahawks are 3.5-point favorites
Announcers: Curt Menefee, Brock Huard
Enemy blog: Daily Norseman
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Seahawks Remaining Preseason Schedule:
Week 1: Seahawks 17, Chiefs 16
Vikings @ Seahawks, Thursday, August 18, 7 PM PST, Q13 FOX
Cowboys @ Seahawks, Thursday, August 25, 7 PM PST, Q13 FOX
Seahawks @ Raiders, Thursday, September 1, 7 PM PST, Q13 FOX