NFL Preview – Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings

NFL Preview – Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings

NFL Preview – Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings

Swiftly moving on to the first full week of NFL in December 2015 and it’s now week 13 of the regular season. This season is flying by, but despite that, this final quarter of the season begs more questions to be answered about who will be in the playoffs more than recent seasons than I can remember. With playoff implications on the line, these final five weeks will be fantastic. Next up, we turn our attention to the Twin Cities. The Seattle Seahawks travel to Minnesota, trying to keep their hopes of returning to a third consecutive Super Bowl. Their task is not easy as they have to get the win from the Minnesota Vikings who are inching closer to an NFC North title.

The Seattle Seahawks earned a thrilling win last week in an offensive game, however we think the Minnesota Vikings defence will shut them down. We’re picking the Minnesota Vikings +2.5 at odds of 8/9 with 888sport. You can Treble the Odds on your first £10 bet by signing up here or clicking the banner below!

After introducing Teddy Bridgewater to the Minnesota Vikings offence last season and showing signs of being a great Quarterback for the future, and with the prospect of having one of the best Half Backs to ever play the game, Adrian Peterson, return this season, the Vikings were tipped to do pretty well. No one could’ve quite expected this team to be 8-3 in 1st place of the NFC North this season. Despite losing to their divisional rivals, the Green Bay Packers, the Packers bad form has allowed this Vikings team to take sole control of the division. The Vikings are coming off a 20-10 win against the Atlanta Falcons where Adrian Peterson had a career day.

Teddy Bridgewater has really settled into this team as a legitimate start Quarterback this season. Bridgewater is completing 65.2% of his passes for 2,280 yards. He’s thrown eight touchdowns and seven interception, which obviously begs room for improvement. Adrian Peterson’s return to the team has made a huge impact. Peterson leads the NFL in rushing with 1,164 yards and eight touchdowns. Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph have been Bridgewaters go-to passing options. The duo have combined for 944 yards and six touchdowns. The Minnesota defence have been a huge catalyst to their success this season, allowing on average 19.4 points and 334.9 yards.

After winning the 2014 Super Bowl in decisive fashion and then narrowly losing with one of the final plays in the game in the 2015 season, the Seattle Seahawks gifted Russell Wilson a huge contract and added Jimmy Graham in hopes to return to the big game again this season. Thus far, this Seattle team has struggled. The O-Line aren’t protecting Wilson and have allowed the most sacks in the NFL. Their defence and the infamous Legion of Boom aren’t known as such a shutdown defence anymore. With that being said, they are still 6-5 with a second place spot in the NFC West and they earned a huge 39-30 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week.

Russell Wilson is still putting up big numbers and somewhat living up to his contract despite the lack of protection. Wilson is completing 67.7% of his passes for 2,732 yards. Wilson has also added eighteen touchdowns and seven interceptions. Thomas Rawls has come out of the woodwork this season and has proved a valuable asset for the future, seemingly spelling the end of Marshawn Lynch. Rawls has rushed for 685 yards and three touchdowns. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Lockett have been Wilson’s prime targets this season. The trio have combined for over 1,400 yards and twelve touchdowns this season. The Seattle defence have allowed on average 20.2 points per game and 324.9 yards per game.

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This game boasts another highly competitive tilt between two potential playoff teams. That would explain the incredibly low spread as the Seattle Seahawks are favoured by two and a half points. The Minnesota Vikings are 9-1 against the spread in their last 10 games, 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 home games and 7-1 straight up in their last eight home games. The Seattle Seahawks have only covered the spread once in their last five games on the road.

As formerly mentioned, you’ll start seeing highly competitive games seeing as playoff spots are up for grabs. This game particularly presents huge playoff implications on the line for both teams, with the Vikings fighting to win the NFC North, stealing it from the Green Bay Packers, whilst the Seahawks are fighting to just get in the playoffs at the moment. With the above being said, my issues lay within the Seahawks Offensive Line. Simply put, I don’t think that line can protect Wilson enough to allow him go to work. The Vikings pass rush led by Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks and Everson Griffin will cause this Offensive Line nightmares and because of that, I think the Bridgewater and Peterson will take control on the other side of the ball, getting this team the win. Minnesota Vikings to cover the +2.5 spread.

Dan Glozier.

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