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Lynch, Wilson lead Seattle past Vikings 30-20

Lynch, Wilson lead Seattle past Vikings 30-20

SEATTLE (AP) Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen felt embarrassed. Not just for letting Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson control most of the second half in leading Seattle to victory, but for wasting one of the best games in Adrian Peterson's career.

``Adrian is a beast. Adrian was amazing today,'' Allen said. ``He should get tomorrow off and we should all go to work. It is just embarrassing, two weeks in a row and it is absolutely embarrassing. I apologize to our fans; we have to get this thing fixed.''

Lynch ran for 124 yards and a touchdown, Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes, and the Seahawks overcame 182 yards by Peterson in a 30-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday that could hold greater importance later in the season.

Peterson tore through the Seahawks defense for one of the finest games of his career, yet was stuck being a spectator as Seattle (5-4) slowly pulled away in the fourth quarter mostly on the legs of Lynch, with a few key passes by Wilson tossed in.

Peterson rushed for 144 yards in the first half alone, the most in the first-half of any game in his career, including his NFL record 296 yards rushing against San Diego in 2007. Whether running in between the tackles or breaking to the edge, Seattle had no answers for trying to slow down Peterson.

He galloped for 74 yards on the second play of the game and added runs of 28, 24, 16 and 15 yards later.

Yet his performance was a footnote because the Vikings (5-4) could not slow down Wilson and Lynch.

``We can't give up 200 yards rushing another week in a row,'' Allen said. ``We have a division game coming up and we have to forget this and move on and we have to get ready to play Detroit at home.''

Putting this one in the past won't be easy for Minnesota because of the mistakes, perhaps none bigger than simply not giving Peterson more touches. He averaged 12 yards per carry in the first half and 10.7 for the game. But he got just five carries in the second half for 38 yards with 28 of those coming on one run.

Seattle made adjustments to try and clog some of Peterson's running lanes. But he simply didn't get enough carries to make a difference.

``It's surprising, but we have to have more big plays,'' Peterson said. ``There is one I wish I could have back, slipped in the backfield, and that one definitely could have gone the distance; that is something that I think about with this loss. We had other opportunities too with the pass game that we weren't able to execute. When you're playing a good defense, especially away, you've got to be able to make those big plays.''

It didn't help that Minnesota's defense spent most of the second half on the field. Seattle controlled possession for more than 21 minutes in the second half, including 12 minutes of the fourth quarter. Lynch capped a 6-minute drive with his 3-yard touchdown to give Seattle a 27-17 lead late in the third quarter. Then Seattle played keep away in the fourth. Wilson took another 5:26 off the clock that led to Steven Hauschka's 40-yard field goal with 6:23 left that pushed Seattle's advantage to 10.

On the ensuing possession, Minnesota quarterback Christian Ponder was intercepted by Brandon Browner and Seattle proceeded to run the next 12 plays and the final 5:27 off the clock. The Seahawks converted on a pair of fourth downs and finally took a knee at the Minnesota 9 to drain the clock and snap a two-game losing streak.

Over the final 11:49, Minnesota held possession for all of 56 seconds. Ponder had a second poor outing in his last three games, completing just 11 of 22 passes for 63 yards.

``I know that I have to get better. I have to play better,'' Ponder said.

Wilson was dynamic in the first half and efficient in the second. He threw two touchdowns to Golden Tate and another to Sidney Rice as the Seahawks kept pace with Peterson's running. Wilson found Tate on a 6-yard TD after a Minnesota turnover, then hit Rice for 11 yards to give the Seahawks a 14-7 lead.

Peterson scored the second of his touchdowns, this time on a 4-yard run, and Blair Walsh's field goal gave Minnesota the lead late in the first half.

But Wilson closed the half with a 12-play, 80-yard drive in which he completed all five of his throws for 55 yards. Tate capped it with a leap in to the end zone, narrowly avoiding a costly turnover. Tate took a short screen pass, danced away from a couple of tacklers then jumped over Minnesota cornerback Josh Robinson at the goal line, just getting the ball over the line before it was knocked loose by Everson Griffen.

``(He) just continues to grow, every single week. Always gets better,'' Tate said of Wilson. ``Any coaching points they stress on during the week he makes sure he fixes it and do it the way they ask. Very driven guy, wants to be the best. And he's developing into a leader on our team.''

Then it was time for Lynch, who ran for 69 yards in the second half and posted his fifth 100-yard game of the season.

``We needed it,'' Rice said. ``I wouldn't say it was a must win, but we definitely needed it.''

NOTES: Peterson's yards rushing were his most since 2008 against Green Bay and most allowed by Seattle since Frank Gore ran for 207 for San Francisco in 2009. ... Seattle now holds tiebreakers over Dallas and Minnesota in the NFC playoff race. ... Minnesota WR Percy Harvin had six total touches (four rushes, two receptions) for a total of 34 yards. ... Seattle's 195 yards rushing were a season high.

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Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard out against Wizards

The Wizards will catch a break on Saturday night when they host the Toronto Raptors in the second game of their regular season, as Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard is being held out due to rest.

Leonard, who has been dominant so far for the 2-0 Raptors, is being limited in back-to-backs after he missed 73 games last season due to a quadriceps injury. The Raptors played the night before against the Celtics.

With Leonard out, the Raptors will likely rely on C.J. Miles and O.G. Anunoby at the small forward position. Shooting guard Delon Wright is also out with a shoulder injury.

Though Leonard and Wright are out of the mix, Toronto still has plenty of talent including All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry is averaging 21 points, seven assists and 3.5 rebounds through two games. 

Serge Ibaka has been their third-leading scorer with 15 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds. They also acquired Danny Green in the Leonard deal and he's off to a strong start with 12.5 points and five rebounds per game.

Leonard's absence may be noticed more on the defensive end, as he is one of the best in the NBA on the perimeter. That could make things a bit easier for Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr.

The Wizards and Raptors next play on Nov. 23. That game is in Toronto.

 

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'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

'It's a house divided': The Redskins-Cowboys rivalry is affecting these 'Skins' families

Zach Brown is a fearless player. Turns out, Zach Brown's dad is pretty fearless, too.

That first statement is one you can confirm by watching the Redskins linebacker play each time he takes the field, often times hurt.

The second statement, on the other hand, was confirmed earlier this week in an interview between Brown and JP Finlay about the Washington-Dallas rivalry.

"It got under our skin, knowing we got swept by them [last year]," the defender told Finlay after a weekday practice. "You just hate to go back home and hear them talk so much trash."

The leader of the brave "them" who actually taunt a 250-pound LB following a loss? Oh, just Brown's father, who's a diehard Cowboys supporter.

"My dad was giving it to me," he said while looking back on the 2017 season. "I said, 'Don't worry about it. Next year's gonna be a different movement.'"

"I'm gonna talk trash at the end of this season," Brown added. "It's a house divided."

Adrian Peterson knows what Brown's talking about. The Texas native even went as far as to break down exactly how his own house is divided.

According to him, 75-percent of his family are all about the Cowboys, 10-percent are looking for him to put up good numbers in a 'Boys victory and the final 15-percent have converted to the burgundy and gold.

Rookie corner Greg Stroman can relate as well. The Virginia kid who'll be making his debut in the series he's very familiar with said his grandma and her relatives fall on both sides of the matchup.

Stroman does have one advantage over Brown and Peterson, though. Unlike the two veterans, he was able to get his entire family's rooting interests in order for Sunday, at least.

"They all bought in now," he said.

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