Expect warmer temps, somewhat lower stakes than last Seahawks-Vikings games

SEATTLE – Last time the Seattle Seahawks played the Minnesota Vikings, the thermometer hit minus-6 degrees and a trip to the NFC divisional round of the playoffs was on the line.

When the two teams face off Thursday night, the temperature will be roughly 90 degrees warmer and the main thing on the line will be players’ jobs.

The Seahawks will face off with the Vikings at 7 p.m. at CenturLink Field on Q13 FOX, with the Gameday pregame show beginning at 6 p.m.

Both teams are hoping to get a better fix on which fringe players they’ll want to keep on their roster, as well as how well some of their units are coming together.

The Seahawks, in particular, will likely be taking another hard look at their offensive line. Though many of their starters will see limited or no playing time, expect the first-team offensive line to play most of the first half as Seattle prepares to have new starters at all five positions.

Expect backup quarterback Trevone Boykin to see a lot of snaps as well.

Boykin led the Seahawks on a superb game-winning drive in the final seconds last Saturday, but was reportedly confused with some of the play calls. Seattle will be gauging whether he can take firm command of the huddle and the offense as it decides whether he’s the man to back up Russell Wilson.

Skyline High product Jake Heaps is still in contention for the job as well. The Seahawks like his arm