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Why DK Metcalf is the Seahawks’ biggest X-Factor against the Vikings

DK Metcalf was a first-round talent out of Ole Miss in the 2019 NFL Draft. For whatever reason, the big receiver fell to No. 64. He landed with the Seattle Seahawks and has not disappointed.

In his rookie season, Metcalf has 38 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 16.1 yards per reception. These may not look like Odell Beckham Jr. numbers, but Metcalf is an important part of the Seahawks’ offense.

While Metcalf is a quality secondary receiving option in the Seahawks’ offense, they need more help. There is a reason that they took a chance on Josh Gordon and have been linked to Antonio Brown. This is because Russell Wilson needs more quality receivers.

Metcalf has been relatively consistent in terms of catches week-by-week but his yardage totals have fluctuated. Coming into this game against the Minnesota Vikings, the Seahawks could use a big game from their big rookie receiver.

Metcalf vs. Vikings

The Vikings currently rank 20th in the league allowing 244.5 passing yards per game. Xavier Rhodes has not looked like himself. Rhodes was one of the best cornerbacks in the league in 2017 during the Vikings’ run to the NFC Championship Game. Since then, he has been vulnerable. Regardless, Rhodes continues to cover the best receiver on the other team and that is Tyler Lockett.

The Seahawks are currently 9-2 on the season. They have been led by their MVP caliber quarterback and elite coach in Pete Carroll. The Vikings are one of the league’s best teams. Seattle will have to find a way to score points to keep up in this game. Chris Carson was limited to just eight carries for 26 yards in their most recent game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Metcalf finished with just three catches for 36 yards.

In this matchup, if the Seahawks can establish Metcalf, that makes the defense worry about two receivers. Lockett will always be a focus in game-planning for a defensive coordinator. So, opposing defenses have to worry about Wilson and everything he can do. They also need to worry about Lockett. If Metcalf can get open consistently and make himself available, the Seahawks will be a difficult team to defend.

This is one of the best games on the Week 13 schedule. Two elite teams will face-off for positioning in the NFC playoff race. Both Minnesota and Seattle are still alive in their divisions and could use this win. For Seattle to make any run down the stretch or in the postseason, they will need Metcalf to take his game to the next level.