When Kirk Cousins pushes the ball downfield, the Vikings offense is one of the best in the league. But when they check down to short routes like they did last week against the Patriots, they are terrible. Minnesota’s receivers are capable of making the tough catches, but they do their best work in space.
Dalvin Cook showed some burst against the Patriots but only had nine carries on the day. Minnesota’s defense has had injury issues but is still good against the run (ninth) and pass (ninth).
Seattle does appear to have discovered a running game again led by Chris Carson. He left last week’s game against the 49ers with a dislocated finger but is expected to play. If he can’t, Mike Davis and Rashaad Penny will be able to pick up the slack.
With how Russell Wilson is playing, the Vikings will not be able to focus on stopping the run. Wilson has not thrown an interception his last four games and threw 16 touchdowns in his previous six games (to just one interception).
- Spread: Seahawks by 3.5
This will be a close, hard-fought game in the first half. But the run game will help Seattle take over in the second half. Seattle will cover the spread with ease.
- Over/Under: 45
Both defenses are going to factor into the outcome of the game. But with the explosive potential both offenses have, they will put some points on the board. Take the over.
- Money line: Vikings +155.00; Seahawks -185.19
The Vikings defense will make it tough on Seattle. But the Seahawks passing game and league-leading run game will be too much for them. Take the Seahawks to win.
*Odds via Betway.com
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