SEATTLE — Just like a year ago, there’s no avoiding the importance of this Monday night matchup in the Pacific Northwest between Minnesota and Seattle.
Except this time around, a division title is still very much in play for both teams.
“This is a huge game for both of us. We know the stakes. Everybody knows the stakes,” Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks said. “Monday night makes it a little bit bigger, in Seattle. But I mean, you’ve got to live for these kind of moments, you know what I mean?”
For the second straight year, the Seahawks will host the Vikings in a late-season, prime-time matchup filled with playoff implications. But unlike that last meeting — won by Seattle 21-7 — when a wild-card berth was the target, both the Vikings and Seahawks are in the middle of division title races this time.
Seattle (9-2) is a half game behind San Francisco (10-2) in the NFC West and trying to avoid any stumbles prior to a Week 17 meeting with the 49ers at home. The Vikings (8-3) are a half game behind Green Bay (9-3) in the NFC North, but the Packers already have a win over Minnesota with a Week 16 matchup still to come.