It is the battle of opposites in this Sunday night classic. On one hand, you have an undefeated Seattle Seahawks team. On the other hand you have a 1-3 Minnesota Vikings football team. Which team needs the win more? Who has more to prove in this primetime match-up?
I expect a lot of points to be put up in this one. Both offenses have proved they can score points and in a hurry. With both secondaries struggling to limit big plays through the air, Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson might be in for a good ol’ shootout.
Lets take a look on what three key factors will play a role in the deciding the winner of this game.
Kirk Cousins in Primetime
Kirk Cousins hasn’t particularly played well on primetime games throughout his career. He will have the chance to turn that around in this Sunday night match-up. Seattle will be without All-Pro safety Jamal Adams for the second consecutive week. Leaving this match-up a favorable one for Cousins. Cousins will look to feed the rock to wide receivers Adam Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson early and often. Combine that against a beat-up secondary, and it could be a big game for Mr. Cousins.
Russell Wilson in Primetime
Russell Wilson in primetime. A quarterback we have seen on this stage many times throughout his career, and he seemingly, almost always delivers in these big games. Minnesota’s defense went through some changes in the offseason and have a lot of new pieces on that side of the ball. They are clearly trying to still find that groove or chemistry as a group. While the Vikings defense is talented, are they talented enough to slow Wilson down?
The answer to that question is, no. With the talent that both teams have on offense, this has the makings of a shootout. A lot of points will be scored in this game, and Wilson will have another big day.
On another note, Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf are also primed to have big games in this match-up. I expect both receivers to make big plays throughout the game on Sunday night.
Dalvin Cook vs. Seattle’s Front-Seven
Dalvin Cook does not get credit for being one of the NFL’s top running backs as often as he should. He has absolutely been worth every penny that the Vikings paid him so far. The offense will run through Cook early in hopes to set up the play action later on.
Seattle’s front-seven has quietly been very stingy against the run this season. It will be a very physical match-up within the trenches all game long. Seattle can and will step up in this game, and limit Cook’s yardage on the ground. Easier said then done, for sure, but veteran Bobby Wagner can rally a defense better than most.
This will be a match-up to watch all night.
I like both offenses and I believe there will be a lot of points put up. Seattle will do enough on defense to at least slow down the Vikings. Russell Wilson will be Russell Wilson and continue his brilliant play. I’ve got the Seahawks over the Vikings, 37-30.
If you currently own a offensive player on your team in this match-up, then don’t get cute. You are starting your offensive players this week, in what could be a high-scoring affair.
Do not start either defense unless you are forced to. Both defenses have a ton of talent, but are banged-up and will allow points.
The -7 spread may be a little too high for the Seahawks to cover. I would rather take the Seahawks money line and the over on 56 total points. If you are one of the spread-only betting guys, then I would feel more comfortable taking the Seahawks -7.
Seahawks -7, Seahawks money line, and the over are my final picks.
There are some other options you can look into to make some cash on your Sunday. Russell Wilson is balling right now, and for that reason, I would take the over on passing touchdowns of 2.5.
I also think D.K. Metcalf scores a touchdown in this game, so you can bet that with a Seahawks win and feel pretty safe about it.