After a big cover from the Buffalo Bills last night in Philadelphia, we’re back on the winning track here at The Sports Geek. We’ll look to continue that tonight as a standalone match-up takes place in the NFC between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle cruised in their first pre-season game last week and will no doubt be looking to keep the momentum going. As always, Seattle has Super Bowl aspirations heading into every season and even though Pete Carroll has mentioned that the starters aren’t expected to play all that much – watching the positional battles in Seahawks’ camp has been fascinating. Perhaps no battle more intriguing than the one occurring at running back, where Eddie Lacy continues to battle with Thomas Rawls for starting carries. Though it seems like Rawls has the edge, Lacy has talent if he just stays in shape. With Rawls sitting out on Friday with an ankle injury, Lacy has the freedom to put up big numbers.
For the VIkes, they’ve had a bad run of unlucky injuries of late – mainly on their offensive line. It’s gotten so bad that head coach Mike Zimmer is weighing if it is really worth it to play the first-teamers in these meaningless games. Zimmer has mentioned he is forgoing a traditional snap count for Friday’s game, and will remove his starters after a successful drive.
Nonetheless, it should make for an intriguing outing on Friday night between these squads. On a Friday evening with only one NFL match-up, it’s good to follow along and these two beasts of the NFC should provide solid viewing options. Read on below for a detailed analysis and pick to get your weekend off on the right foot.
Vikings vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +3.5 (-105)
@ Seattle Seahawks -3.5 (-115)
Over 40.5 (-105)
Under 40.5 (-115)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Vikings vs. Seahawks Pick:
With so many of the Vikings’ starters currently injured and/or slated to sit out on Friday night, it is tough to envision their mindset heading into Friday evening. Though none of them appear overly serious, Minnesota seems to want to exercise absolute caution. Mike Zimmer seems very iffy on risking his starters on Friday, and even though his first-team offense looked dismal last week against the Buffalo Bills, he’s weary on leaving them in for too long. Zimmer did mention he wants to see a successful drive before removal, but taking on the Seahawks’ defense is no easy feat and they could be waiting a while for that.
In addition to some banged-up bodies for Minnesota, it’s no secret that beyond Sam Bradford at QB – the Vikes have some porous depth at the position, with Teddy Bridgewater still on the mend. Case Keenum and Taylor Heinicke are woeful options, and that duo should struggle against Seattle’s staunch defense on Friday evening.
For Seattle, expect a healthy dose of a very motivated and in-shape Eddie Lacy. Lacy has been talking all week about how he is currently craving more opportunities to showcase that he still has a high skillset. Thomas Rawls is sitting out and this could be the chance Lacy needs to re-establish himself as a lead back.
One Seahawks I am intrigued to see again is backup QB Trevonne Boykin out of TCU. The youngster put up a dominant performance last week against the L.A. Chargers, and he provides unreal depth behind Russell Wilson. He’s the kind of talent who just takes over these pre-season games and what you look for when handicapping these exhibition contests. Expect another big outing for Boykin when Wilson comes out of the game against Minnesota’s second-teamers.
With depth and health and the home crowd all on Seattle’s side for Friday evening, look for the Seahawks to cook up another impressive showing in Week 2 of the pre-season. Minnesota looks badly banged up, and it seems as if starters will either be on the sidelines or feature only for a bit. Lay the points with Seattle -3.5.
PICK = Seahawks -3.5 (-115)