The Seattle Seahawks (7-5) are set to host the Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1) on Monday Night Football. Kickoff for this critical NFC matchup is set for 8:15 EST at CenturyLink Field and will be televised on ESPN.
Oddsmakers currently have Seattle listed as a 3-point home favorite with the total set at 45.5 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 14 betting odds and for more links to our game previews.
Vegas Game Odds & Betting Preview: Vikings vs Seahawks
Minnesota will be looking to bounce back from an ugly 24-10 loss at New England, where the offense managed just 278 yards and 16 first downs. It’s the third time in the last four games that the Vikings have failed to reach 300 total yards for the game. That’s definitely not what they were envisioning when they brought in Kirk Cousins. As of right now Minnesota has a hold of the final Wild Card spot, but the NFC North title is still within reach. They are 1.5-games back of Chicago (host Bears week 17), who has to play the Rams this week.
Seattle comes in off a 43-16 thrashing of division rival San Francisco, easily covering as a massive 10-point favorite. That’s 3 straight wins for the Seahawks. While the Rams have already locked up the NFC West title, Seattle is still in line to make the postseason. They own the top Wild Card spot at 7-5 and still have another game against the 49ers and a home contest with the Cardinals.
This will be the first meeting between the two teams since they faced off in the Wild Card round of the 2015 NFL playoffs. Seattle won the game 10-9 thanks to a missed 27-yard field goal by Blair Walsh in the final seconds of regulation. It was a difficult a loss as Minnesota has had, as they led 9-0 going into the 4th quarter.
Free NFL Betting Pick & Predictions: Vikings +3
My early lean here would be to grab the points with Minnesota as a 3-point dog. While I like getting a field goal, I would consider either buying this up to 3.5 or waiting it out to see if the public drives it up to that number.
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No disrespect to Seattle, but I just don’t think this team is the real deal. They have been very fortunate in a number of games and outside of their two games against the Rams, they really haven’t played anyone. The only team they have eat that currently has a winning record is the Cowboys and that was way back in Week 3 when Dallas was lost offensively.
Their 43-16 win over the 49ers looks great if you just focus on the final score, but they let Nick Mullens complete 30 of 48 attempts for 414 yards and 2 scores. In their previous win at Carolina, they were outgained by the Panthers 476-397 and that was more of the Panthers beating themselves than anything. Even the game before that, where they beat the Packers 27-24 at home, they trailed 14-3 early and were down 4 late in the 4th quarter.
As for Minnesota, I think now is the time to jump on the Vikings after that ugly loss at New England. I think people are overreacting to that game. A lot of teams go to Foxboro in December and don’t play well. The Vikings only other two losses since Week 4 are a loss at home to the Saints and a loss at Chicago.
I also like the matchup here. I think Seattle’s defense can be exposed and they come in ranked just 17th against the run (116.8 ypg) and 18th vs the pass (266.5 ypg). On the flip side of this, the Seahawks offense is all about their running game, which leads the league at 148.8 ypg. The Vikings aren’t a team you want to line up against and try to pound the rock. Minnesota is 7th at stopping the run, giving up only 99.2 ypg and 3.7 yards/carry. Vikings are also 10th vs the pass, so don’t expect Russell Wilson to save the day.
History is also on our side, as you don’t want to be betting on the Seahawks off a big win. Seattle is a mere 4-17 ATS in their last 21 off a win over a division rival by 21 or more and 7-22 ATS in their last 29 home games when off a win by 21 or more against any opponent.
Minnesota is 20-8 ATS under Mike Zimmer when coming off a loss and 14-4 ATS when that previous loss was on the road. Give me the Vikings +3!