Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams Sunday Night Football Pick & Preview

The Seahawks are 10-2 and control their own destiny for a first-round playoff bye

The Seahawks are 10-2 and control their own destiny for a first-round playoff bye

Vikings: Return home to host Detroit on Sunday.

The Rams offense has had some serious issues over the last couple of months and nobody is fooled after their get-well game against the hapless Arizona Cardinals. However, the Vikings stormed back and managed to pull within four points with less than eight minutes left in the game.

But this was a flat-out missed opportunity to assert some dominance in the NFC playoff picture.

The Seahawks (10-2) are positioning themselves to earn a first-round bye.

There are problems across the board that have been mitigated at times this season by one area of the team bailing out the other.

Last week in this space we explained how it might be a lost season for the Lions, but not Kenny Golladay, their shooting star receiver from Northern Illinois who proceeded to have a career day on Thanksgiving vs. the Bears.

Green Bay's focus, then, come Sunday is likely to first be on slowing an ascending Washington run game, not a second consecutive rookie QB foe, first-rounder Dwayne Haskins.

The second half would be all Seattle to start as they would go on to score 24 unanswered points at one moment. A win over the Rams this week for Seattle would clinch a playoff spot.

Cook said he believes he should be able to play next week and took responsibility for the fumble. I can't put myself in that situation when I turn the ball over. "I like them", Seattle coach Pete Carroll joked. Defensively, Minnesota is in a tough spot. His attempts per game are down and so are his yards per carry.

Minnesota entered Week 13 with the fifth-best run defense. However, a Saints win would give the Seahawks even more breathing room in the division.

"A little bit", Zimmer said. "They stuck with it a lot more than I thought". Even with the loss, Cousins knows his team can use this game to build on.

The first play of the fourth quarter was forgettable for the Vikings as well.

The regression of cornerback Xavier Rhodes has been well-documented this season, but at this point, his play is proving to be an all-out liability. Wilson was 21 of 31 for 240 yards. Russell Wilson averages 30 attempts per game and has a higher completion percentage. Also encouraging, Cousins led Minnesota to the cusp of another riveting comeback, doing so sans Cook while third-rounder Alexander Mattison continued his excellent under-the-radar rookie campaign.

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