EAGAN, Minn. – Vikings Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator Andre Patterson deadpanned Wednesday that the Vikings “might as well be in” the same division as the Seahawks.
That’s spoken like a man who’s been on-board red-eye flights from the Pacific Northwest after frustrating losses in each of the past three seasons.
The teams have met that frequently and at that location each year because of the NFL’s scheduling formula that uses divisional rotations and corresponding order of finish. It is now Minnesota’s turn to host Seattle, which will be playing a regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium for the first time.
The Vikings hope the change in venues will mark a change in fortune against a nemesis led by Pete Carroll, who is 8-1 all-time as a head coach against the team he worked for as a DBs coach from 1985-89.
The only loss occurred on Nov. 2, 1997, when Carroll was in charge of the Patriots and Patterson was an assistant in New England.
Sunday’s game will mark the latest home opener for the Vikings since Sept. 27, 2009 (the Favre to Lewis game). That season also included the last time Minnesota defeated Seattle.
Here are all the ways to catch the action, a synopsis of the series history and a key topic addressed this week by Vikings Offensive Coordinator Klint Kubiak, Patterson, Co-Defensive Coordinator Adam Zimmer and Special Teams Coordinator Ryan Ficken.
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