This is an interesting matchup, as the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings clash in Minnesota. The Seahawks have clearly had a marginally successful season in 2015. This isn’t the same team we seen last year in the Super Bowl. The same team that was a yard away from winning the Super Bowl has yet to be seen on a consistent basis here. The Seattle offense got it going last weekend, scoring 39 points on the Steelers for their best showing offensively on the year. But still, the Seahawks allowed 30 points, so it wasn’t like it was a picturesque conclusion for Seattle. Roethlisberger and the Steelers were moving the ball efficiently against the Seahawks and it led to a pretty great game. The Seahawks got a late touchdown to make it a 39-30 final. The Steelers were there the entire game. Now the Seahawks have to travel out to Minnesota for an early start against the Vikings. It has been well documented throughout the years that this team hates travelling to the opposite side of the country and having to play a 1:00 eastern game.
It struck them in week 1 against the St. Louis Rams, as they lost the opener in what then, looked like a shocker. Not that much of a shocker though, as we have seen, the Seahawks have stumbled many more times this season. If it wasn’t for that generous call against the Lions in the back of the end zone, the Seahawks would be looking at a record of 5-5. At 6-5 they are well and alive in the hunt for a postseason spot. Do not count them out yet. Catching the Arizona Cardinals in the division looks like an afterthought, but they will be looking at earning a Wild Card.
The Vikings were pegged as an up and coming surprise team in the pre-season. They have lived up to the billing thus far. Barring a major collapse late in the season, I think the Vikings will claim one of the trophies as being the biggest turnaround team in 2015. Adrian Peterson has returned to being Adrian Peterson, he is pounding the rock down the throats of defenses with little disregard for their wellbeing. Classic AP is back. But will he do enough to carry the Vikings today? They will of course, like every game, need a solid performance from him to win. Teddy Bridgewater is good, but put him on a team with no run game and he would not look like a good quarterback. Sorry to disappoint the Bridgewater lovers.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds:
vs. Vikings +2.5(-115)
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Seahawks vs. Vikings Pick:
The teams and total would indicate this game has to be a defensive battle. After all, the Vikings are 1-9-1 to the UNDER. If you have only been playing Viking UNDERs all season long then good on you, you have made a good chunk of cash. The last two meetings between the Seahawks and Vikings have been anything but defensive, a 41-20 and 30-20 final both in favor of the Seahawks. The last three weeks the Seahawks have averaged 33.3 points per game. Conversely, the Vikings have averaged 21 points a game during that same stretch and the same amount on the season.
The Seahawks have quietly climbed up the offensive rankings, as they are now 8th in the NFL with 373.8 yards per game and 24.3 points scored. The Vikings have a good defense, but there are injuries all over the place on that unit. In the secondary, on the line, and at the linebacker position the Vikes are hurting. Note that there are three safeties listed on the injury report heading into Sunday. I think the Seahawks score the football this afternoon and continue to play good offense. However, taking them on the spread scares me due to the early start time for them. I am going to take a piece of the total at OVER 42 in a game I see going like 24-21.
PICK: OVER 42 POINTS (-110)