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Vikings: 3 keys to victory against Seattle

Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Philadelphia. Photo: AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson passes during the first half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Philadelphia.

Updated: December 02, 2019 11:11 AM

The Minnesota Vikings (8-3, 2nd in NFC North) may have their biggest test of the season Monday night on a national stage. They travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks (9-2, 2nd in NFC West) with playoff seeding on the line.

If the Seahawks win, they will be tied with the San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints for the best record in the NFL and first in the NFC West. If the Vikings win, they will remain tied for first in the NFC North with the Green Bay Packers.

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Here are three keys to a Vikings victory at CenturyLink Field.

1. Win the turnover game

Seattle is +11 in turnover differential this season, which is 4th-best in the NFL. The Vikings have done a good job protecting the ball with only 12 giveaways.

The Seahawks defense has recovered 14 fumbles this season, which is tied for the NFL lead.

"They work really hard at stripping at it, they work hard at getting hands on it. So conversely, we work real hard on being about our business when it comes to techniques," Vikings offense coordinator Kevin Stefanski said on Thursday. "Anyone who’s carrying the ball, whether it’s a tight end, running back, wide receiver or the quarterback in the pocket, using proper technique, having two hands on the ball. And then just having an awareness ... it’s a zone defense, oftentimes, and they got their eyes on the quarterback. So it does present a challenge, but it is something that we have to work on really hard this week."

2. Lock down on Tyler Lockett

Quarterback Russell Wilson is enjoying an MVP-caliber season with 24 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. His favorite target is wide receiver Tyler Lockett who has 63 catches for 831 yards this season. If the Vikings can limit his receptions, they'll make Seattle much more one-dimensional on offense.

3. Minimize communication errors

The Seahawks have one of the best home field advantages in football thanks to their fan base. The Vikings will be up against a situation similar to their game at Kansas City where crowd noise can play a huge factor in communication on offense.

"It’s really loud, which is impressive for an open-air building to be as loud as it is," Stefanski said. "Their fans do a great job, so we’ve practiced with the crowd noise in here and will continue to do that. Like you said, communication is at a premium, and the guys need to do a great job in the huddle and the quarterback really needs to annunciate and make eye contact with the players. And then on the sideline, we have to have the correct personnel going in and out. It’s really just being aware of it, and then knowing that’s what it’s going to be and focusing on our job."

Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m.

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