Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks SNF Pick – NFL Week 5

A marquee Sunday Night Football matchup will go down Sunday evening as the undefeated Seattle Seahawks will host the struggling Minnesota Vikings.

Both of these teams were likely pegged for success in the competitive NFC, but it’s only gone the way of the Seahawks thus far. For Seattle, they’ve been elite offensively led by their MVP quarterback in Russell Wilson. Though their defense has shown some warts, the Seahawks’ attack can and will outscore their defensive miscues.

For the Vikings, it’s now or never for this 1-3 group. Though they’ve shown some signs of offensive improvement of late, their defense remains a work in progress. Once an elite unit, injuries and departures have left Minnesota with a porous group – one which could leak points again against the high-flying Seahawks’ attack.

Though this number has dropped throughout the week, we’ve got a solid read on this game and have a solid betting prediction for Week 5’s Sunday Night Football. Keep reading on beneath the posted odds for additional team news, a tactical analysis, and our winning wager to close out a profitable Sunday. Enjoy the Vikings vs. Seahawks, folks!

Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds:

Minnesota Vikings +6.5 (-110)
@ Seattle Seahawks -6.5 (-110)

Over 55 (-105)
Under 55 (-115)

*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag

Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks Pick:

Though the Seahawks had a bit of a down outing their last time out against the Dolphins, those types of things happen over a lengthy and gruelling season. In a primetime spot, at home – look for Seattle to turn in an elite performance against a wounded opponent.

As mentioned above, the Vikings just cannot defend like they used to. Though they still get that respect, it’s undeserved at the moment. This is a stop unit that is especially weak against the pass, and they clearly don’t have the players to cover both Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf – possibly the best receiving duo in football.

Minnesota will also again be without key veteran linebacker Anthony Barr. Though Barr’s play has faded of late, he remains an important voice and presence within that defense. Without Barr, the Vikings’ linebackers remain pretty weak and should be vulnerable to having Chris Carson catching balls out of the backfield. Look for him to be an important check-down option for Wilson on Sunday night.

VIKES’ SECONDARY IMPROVING
Though Seattle enters with question marks of their own in terms of defending against the passing game, they might be getting reinforcements back to take on the Vikings. Both Quinton Dunbar and Jordyn Books have been upgraded, and should bolster a depleted secondary. That duo will help alleviate the pain of still missing Jamal Adams, and should also help to limit Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.

Seattle is quite stout however at defending against the run, so Pro Bowl back Dalvin Cook might not have the success he’s used to. If the Seahawks can continue to limit Cook, they can hone in and focus at shutting down the passing game. Their front seven remains very solid and should be able to give Russell Wilson and the offense a shot to win this game.

Although the Vikings have been getting some heavy betting action all week, the line is now too short. The Seahawks can score at will, and the Vikings cannot stop them – especially through the air. With Seattle getting some players back this week, Kirk Cousins will again be mistake prone and indecisive when throwing downfield, en route to a comfortable Seahawks win.
My Pick
Seahawks -6.5
Will S. / Author

Will has been working with The Sports Geek since its early days back in 2010. He began as a soccer specialist, focusing on detailed reports for major international competitions, including the World Cup and European Championships. Since then, he has produced weekly pick articles on both the NFL and English Premier League, while also contributing blog posts on the NHL, MLB, and even WWE wrestling. Will is also an avid sports bettor and daily fantasy player, always eager to share his thoughts and insight on anything going on in the world of sports.