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The season's final quarter kicks off with this week's games, and for the Vikings it's a big one at Seattle on Monday Night Football. The vibe in the locker room seems clear: the at 6-5-1 the season starts now. Good or bad, much about the direction of the season will be determined under the lights in the Emerald City.

Vikings players and coaches met with the media at team headquarters on Thursday - a day later than normal because of the MNF spot - to discuss the impending matchup, plus writers Ben Goessling and Andrew Krammer weigh in with their thoughts.