Monday Night Football for Week 13 should bring about a bigtime clash in the NFC as the Minnesota Vikings head to the Pacific Northwest to do battle with the Seattle Seahawks.
Both of these teams are well-suited to contend in the post-season and have firmly emerged as two of the top squads in a very competitive NFC conference. This Monday night showdown could very well be a playoff preview come January, and should make for must-see action to close out an exciting Week 13.
The Seahawks enter this game with a stellar 9-2 record, and following the loss of the 49ers earlier on Sunday, there’s now a big opening for them in the NFC West. For the Vikings, they too will be eager to keep pace in their divisional race, mainly with the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota has been playing solid football of late, but the narrative has long been their quarterback Kirk Cousins cannot get the job done in primetime against big teams. Expect the Vikings and Cousins to be eager to change that on Monday.
It’s been another stellar week of NFL betting for myself at The Sports Geek, and we will look to close out on a definite high to end things. Keep reading below the odds for a tactical preview, betting analysis, and a winning wager recommendation for the Seahawks/Vikings. Enjoy, folks!
Vikings vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +3 (-110)
@ Seattle Seahawks -3 (-110)
Over 49.5 (-115)
Under 49.5 (-105)
Vikings vs. Seahawks Pick:
It will be interesting to see just how Russell Wilson and this suddenly high-octane Seattle attack will fare against the Vikings’ talented defense and Mike Zimmer. The Vikes enter this week off of their bye week and have had ample time to prepare for Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense. Zimmer is also an excellent coach, with a real emphasis on defensive tactics, and he should be able to put a plan in place to limit Seattle through the air.
Minnesota hasn’t had great play this season from their defensive backfield, but with the bye week allowing a reset, the Vikings are once again confident in their secondary. Xavier Rhodes has also pretty clearly been playing injured, and word is the bye week has allowed the former Pro Bowler time to heal up what has been ailing him. That should be welcome news to Vikings fans, and could make things much tougher for Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf downfield.
And though Seattle does often boast a stellar run game, the Vikes’ run defense is among the best units in all of the NFL. Chris Carson won’t find any space and given how porous and soft the Seahawks’ offensive line has been lately, expect Minnesota to get a real push and easily win the matchup in the trenches on Monday night. If the Vikes can limit Wilson through the air, it’ll put their offense in a great position to succeed.
Seattle boasts a pretty poor secondary themselves, and this should be welcome news for Minnesota’s talented receiving duo, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Seattle has been torched routinely this season, and expect Cousins to really give them all they can handle.
Seattle enters this game still with some skepticism attached to their resume. The record is impressive, but both their quality of competition and the manner in which they’ve secured victories, suggests they aren’t yet in the same calibre range as Minnesota. They enter Week 13 with a vulnerable offensive line and secondary, two units that play right into the hands of the Vikings’ strengths. With extra time to prepare, expect Minnesota and Kirk Cousins to make yet another statement as they gear up for what should be a lengthy post-season run.