Aug 25, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; General overall view of Seattle Seahawks logo at CenturyLink Field during a NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings vs Seahawks Betting Pick

For the third year in a row, the Seattle Seahawks will host the Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time battle between two standout quarterbacks who were afterthoughts in the 2012 NFL draft.

That takes place Sunday night in Seattle, and while the Seahawks won and covered in each of those recent matchups, there’s reason to believe this one could be a tight, high-scoring battle.

The Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against Seattle, while the Seahawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. Check out the Sunday Night Vikings vs Seahawks prop bets article as well.

Point Spread: -7 Seattle Total 57 at BetRivers | Matchup Report

WHY THE VIKINGS WILL COVER THE SPREAD

Minnesota is getting seven points from Seattle despite the following facts:

  • The Seahawks’ famous home-field advantage won’t be the same without the presence of a “12th Man” at CenturyLink Field.
  • With the crowd factoring in, Minnesota hung with the Seahawks in prime time on the road last season. They trailed 34-30 before a late Seattle field goal secured a seven-point Seahawks victory. That would only be a push right now.
  • The desperate Vikes are putting it all together. Kirk Cousins has heated up, Dalvin Cook leads the NFL in rushing and Adam Thielen is as strong as ever and rookie sensation Justin Jefferson leads the NFL in yards per target.
  • Now, Cousins, Thielen and Jefferson will get to go up against a struggling Seattle secondary that is without star safety Jamal Adams and is also dealing with injuries to Quinton Dunbar and Shaquill Griffin.
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WHY THE SEAHAWKS WILL COVER THE SPREAD

Then again, Russell Wilson is the league’s highest-rated passer and a clear-cut MVP frontrunner, and he’ll also get to face a poor pass defense. Minnesota’s secondary was rebuilt in the offseason and has experienced plenty of growing pains. Wilson, DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett should be able to exploit that with little resistance considering that the Vikings are without Danielle Hunter and Anthony Barr in the front seven as well.

VIKINGS SEAHAWKS BETTING PICK

All of this suggests this will be a close shootout, so don’t be shy about hitting the over hard on a total of 57 and consider parlaying that with Minnesota plus seven points. You have to figure there’s a strong chance of at least landing a push or a backdoor cover if the Vikes don’t cover on their own merits. But considering the lack of a crowd and Minnesota’s desperate situation at 1-3, I’d even be tempted to take a shot at the Minnesota moneyline (+270).

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. He was a lead contributor to an earlier incarnation of NationalFootballPost.com and was happy to return when new management revived the brand in 2020. Based in Toronto, he's covered the NFL since 2008 and has been a national NFL writer at Bleacher Report since 2012. He despises all 32 NFL teams equally but remains a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors. He can be reached at Brad@NationalFootballPost.com

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