A little too much turkey got the Bears and Lions all excited on Thanksgiving Day and their offenses did just enough – barely – to get the Over. So, Coach Rick will simply rebound with a Monday night showdown in Seattle.
CenturyLink Field has always been one of the toughest places to play in the NFL, but the Seahawks have lost two home games this season. Will Monday make it three?
Both Seattle and Minnesota are playoff teams. The question is how they will enter the postseason. The 8-3 Vikings were even with Green Bay heading into this Week 13 meeting with Seattle. Minnesota can still win the division and guarantee a home playoff game. The Vikings will meet the Packers in Week 16 in a game that could decide the NFC North winner.
The Seahawks are in a somewhat similar situation now that Baltimore beat San Francisco on Sunday. With a win on Monday night, Seattle will be tied with the 49ers for the NFC West lead. The Seahawks host San Francisco in Week 17 in a game that could decide the division.
Seattle has won four straight, including an exciting 27-24 victory over the 49ers. Top online sportsbooks know that the Seahawks won last week as a 2-point favorite at Philadelphia. The Seattle defense held the Eagles to just nine points in a 17-9 win.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has been outstanding completing over 67 percent of his passes for 2,937 yards and 24 touchdowns. He has thrown just three interceptions, one each in the Seahawks past two games.
Chris Carson leads the NFL’s sixth-ranked running game with 879 yards on the ground.
The Seattle offense will go up against one of the better defenses in the league. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is a former defensive coordinator and has assembled a unit that gives up 18.6 points a game.
The defense, combined with the re-emergence of QB Kirk Cousins, has led Minnesota to six wins in their last seven games.
Minnesota had an extra week to prepare as the Vikings are coming off a bye. The extra week has not really given the Vikings any sort of advantage over the past several years. In fact, Minnesota is just 2-7 SU and ATS in their last nine games coming off a bye week.
Interestingly, the Vikings are also not a very good underdog bet. In their last seven games as the dog, Minnesota is just 1-6 SU and ATS. The one win came just a few weeks ago when the Vikings were a three-point underdog against Dallas. Minnesota won 28-24.
The Seahawks, on the other hand, are on somewhat of a roll.
As stated, they have won four in a row and seven of their last eight. In addition, Seattle is 4-2 ATS in their last six games. The one issue with the Seahawks is their ATS record at home. Over their last six games at CenturyLink, Seattle is just 1-5 ATS and, remember, both of the Seahawks losses this season have come at home.
Still, with all of the playoff implications of this game and the regular season nearing its end, Seattle comes to life at home, beats Minnesota, and covers the spread.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.