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SEAHAWKS GAMEDAY

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-7) at SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-1)

1:25 p.m., CenturyLink Field

TV: Ch. 13. Radio: 710-AM, 97.3-FM.

The series: Seattle leads, 7-5. The last time the teams met the Seahawks won, 30-20, on Nov. 4, 2012 in Seattle.

What to watch: A top-end special-teams encounter. The Seahawks’ punt coverage unit is allowing a stunning 1.4 yards per return. To amplify the authority of that number, consider this: Carolina’s Ted Ginn Jr. returned Jon Ryan’s first punt of the season 10 yards. In the 38 punts since, opponents have gained 5 yards — total. Minnesota counters that with two of the top kick returners in the league. Rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson leads the NFL with 35.2 yards per kick return, and cornerback Marcus Sherels leads the league with 16.3 yards per punt return. ... Seattle’s key punt-coverage man Jeremy Lane missed Thursday’s practice with a thigh problem, but coach Pete Carroll said Lane will be good to go along with several other players: center Max Unger, left tackle Russell Okung, activated Saturday, and right tackle Breno Giacomini are all expected back on the line. Defensive end Red Bryant, fullback Derrick Coleman and wide receiver Percy Harvin should be ready to play, too. ... Cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) is out. ... Seattle cut quarterback B.J. Daniels to make room for Okung on the 53-man roster.

The pick: Seahawks, 37-17.

Prime numbers

MINNESOTA

No. NamePos.Ht.Wt.Year

7 Christian PonderQB6-2229third

Had a good game last week, but non-throwing shoulder is sore.

28 Adrian PetersonRB6-1217seventh

Well, duh.

50 Erin HendersonLB6-3244sixth

Sixth in the NFL with 87 tackles.

69 Jared AllenDE6-627010th

Seahawks will have their original tackles in place to counter Allen.

84 Cordarrelle PattersonWR6-2220first

The new Percy Harvin for Minnesota.

SEATTLE

No. NamePos.Ht.Wt.Year

11 Percy Harvin WR5-11184fifth

Expected to make Seahawks debut against his former team.

24 Marshawn Lynch RB5-11215seventh

Trying to make a statement with Peterson on the other sideline.

68 Breno GiacominiRT6-7318sixth

Back for the first time since injury Sept. 22 against Jacksonville.

76 Russell OkungLT6-5310fourth

Pro-Bowl tackle returns for his first game since injury Sept. 15.

86 Zach MillerTE6-5255seventh

Shut out against Atlanta, he should have chances against Vikings.

todd.dybas@thenewstribune.com

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