When the Vikings (8-3) travel to face the Seahawks (9-2) in “Monday Night Football” (8:15 pm ET, ESPN) to close the Week 13 NFL schedule, it will be a battle two teams in strong NFC wild card positions trying to get better points to win their respective divisions.
Minnesota must win to keep up with Green Bay (9-3), which would continue to lead the NFC North due to a tiebreaker. Seattle can take the top spot in the NFC West with a win, as it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over San Francisco (10-2).
The strategists, Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson, both have stellar, highly productive seasons. The road defenses were difficult, but both defenses had back problems when they didn’t get enough help from a rushing pass.
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Seahawks vs. Vikings odds on ‘Monday Night Football’
The Seahawks saw their numbers fall below a field goal, which is the key advantage at home. When the Vikings last played a major league game, they won the Cowboys on Sunday night. The Seahawks occupied the 49ers on the road in Monday night’s final game.
Seahawks against all-time Vikings
The Seahawks lead the series 11-5. They have won five consecutive games in the opposition, including 21-7 in Seattle on Monday night last December. Wilson never lost to the Vikings in the regular season or the playoffs, including a 10-9 run in Minnesota in the 2015 playoffs. The last time the Vikings won in Seattle was ’06.
Three trends we need to know
– 60 percent of successors such as the Seahawks. 60 percent of moneyline bets also like the Seahawks.
– The Vikings are 6-5 against the spread. The Seahawks are 6-4-1 against the spread.
– The total has gone to 6 of the 11 Seahawks games. The total has also gone through 6 of 11 Vikings games.
Three things to look out for
Not Thielen, but probably yes Clowney
The passing of the Vikings game will once again be without Adam Thielen’s spacious receiver. That means the Seahawks can concentrate more on getting wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the game with good coverage from emerging cornerback Shaquill Griffin with help over the top so as not to hit a home run at deep speed. Up front, the Seahawks should have Jadeveon Clowney behind a core of muscle injury to limit Cousins time to push the ball down.
Carson and Penny
Chris Carson was the Seahawks’ lead all season, but Rashaad Penny had the most explosive game in Week 12’s rotation. eat away at the clock when it counts more in the fourth quarter.
The tight ends
The Seahawks have struggled to cover tight ends and the Vikings will target Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. often with Thielen out again. The Vikings will have their hands full with athletic Jacob Hollister. If any team could get a big game out of the post, it would be huge in the end.
Stat that matters
The Vikings have embassy no. 20 in the NFL, allowing an average of 244.5 yards per game. The Seahawks have the No. 29 defense in the NFL, allowing an average of 268.7 yards per game. The QB who plays best with a limited run will win the game for his team.
Seahawks vs. Seahawks Viking prediction
The Seahawks own the Vikings with Wilson for some reason. Comes with clutch play when needed in games like this, especially at home. Cousins tend to race in hostile road environments with high stakes. The Seahawks will be better at stretching the field for big games, while the Vikings will be better restrained, putting the Cousins in a position to make major mistakes over forced longer moves.
Seahawks 27, Vikings 24