NFL News and Rumors: U mad, bro? Richardson seeks revenge
NFL News and Rumors
The Seattle Seahawks primetime matchup with the Minnesota Vikings has major playoff implications for both teams. The surging Seahawks are playing for a Wild Card berth while the Vikings trail the Bears in the NFC North, but remain in solid position to make a postseason run.
From Sheldon Richardson seeking revenge on his former team to Russell Wilson MVP buzz gaining momentum, let's take a look at the latest news and rumors heading into the Seahawks-Vikings Monday Night Football showdown.
Sheldon Richardson returns to Seattle
The Seahawks revenge tour continues.
After facing former cornerbacks Richard Sherman and DeShawn Shead, wide receiver Golden Tate and tight end Jimmy Graham, it’s now Sheldon Richardson’s turn to make the Seahawks pay.
Richardson parted ways with the Seahawks this offseason after contract negotiations went sour. His one season in Seattle appears to have left a bad taste in his mouth.
“The contract they offered me was terrible,’’ Richardson told the St. Paul Pioneer's Press. “It wasn’t what they told me when I left after the exit meetings. I don’t know who came up with the numbers. When my agent told me the offer, I told him, ‘They can keep that.’ They set my market low.”
Richardson has 3.5 sacks on the season and will look to add to that number as the Vikings battle against the Seahawks to improve their playoff opportunities.
Doug Baldwin’s status in jeopardy
The Seahawks might be without star receiver Doug Baldwin for Monday Night Football vs. the Vikings.
Baldwin suffered a hip injury that held him out of practice all week, and is listed as a game-time decision heading into the Week 14 matchup.
The hip injury is the latest of injuries Baldwin has faced this season. Baldwin had knee injuries in August which caused him to miss the second and third games of the season. Two weeks ago, he played through a groin strain in the Seahawks 30-27 thriller over the Panthers.
Now, it’s his hip.
“It’s a little bit different than what it was, but it’s related. It’s not the same injury," Carroll told reporters this week.
It’s Russell Wilson’s year to win MVP
It’s been six years since Russell Wilson joined the NFL. In seven seasons, Wilson has been named to the Pro Bowl on four occasions, he’s received the second-highest passer rating in NFL history, and he’s quarterbacked his Seahawks to one Super Bowl championship.
One thing he’s yet to do? Receive a single MVP vote.
The 30-year-old Seahawks QB has taken his team to new heights this season after early predictions forecasted a 4-12 season for Seattle. Wilson completed 217 of 326 passes for 2,716 yards, 29 touchdowns and five interceptions through the Seahawks 12 games.
While Wilson won’t likely win MVP with Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes in the mix, you’ll definitely want to keep your eyes on him down the stretch. He’s the difference in his team making the playoffs or not.
Vikings look for first win in Seattle since 2006
The odds aren’t exactly in the Vikings favor for tonight’s Monday Night Football matchup vs. the Seahawks.
It’s been since Week 7 of the 2006 season since the Vikings last beat the Seahawks in Seattle. Since then, Minnesota has lost four-straight to the Seahawks, including a 10-9 home playoff loss in 2015.
With playoff positioning at stake, the Vikings will need to stop the Seahawks run game to have a chance at their first win in Seattle in over a decade.