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Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks Preview and Predictions 12-02-2019

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The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks aim to bolster their respective bids toward a division title at the other's expense on Monday night when they meet in the Pacific Northwest. Minnesota entered its bye having won six of seven and resides in a tie with Green Bay atop the NFC North while the Seahawks have emerged victorious in four in a row to keep the heat on San Francisco in the West.

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"This is a huge game for both of us. We know the stakes. Everybody knows the stakes," Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks said. "Monday night makes it a little bit bigger, in Seattle." Minnesota's Kirk Cousins has upped the ante with his recent play, strengthening his league-best 114.8 passer rating by throwing for 18 touchdowns against one interception in his last seven games. Although Seattle's Russell Wilson trails his former Big Ten adversary in passer rating (112.1), he has eviscerated the competition at home to the tune of tossing 14 touchdowns and rushing for two more in five games. Wilson added to his resume last Sunday by becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to begin his career with eight straight winning seasons following the Seahawks' 17-9 victory in Philadelphia.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Seahawks -3 O/U: 50

ABOUT THE VIKINGS (8-3): Cousins enters Monday's tilt against Seattle's 29th-ranked pass defense with the longest active streak in the league with 177 consecutive attempts without an interception. Stefon Diggs recorded his fourth triple-digit receiving-yard performance in his last six games after finishing with a team-high 121 and a touchdown in Minnesota's 27-23 victory over Denver on Nov. 17. Fellow wideout Adam Thielen is trending toward a possible return following a nagging hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the better part of six weeks, save for a brief cameo in the Vikings' 26-23 to Kansas City on Nov. 3. A potent rushing game is a good way to keep defenses honest, with Dalvin Cook rushing for his league second-best 11th touchdown of the season despite being limited to a season-low 26 yards against the Broncos.



ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS (9-2): Coach Pete Carroll admitted that Wilson's trusted wideout Tyler Lockett "maybe wasn't 100 percent" after returning from a leg bruise that required an immediate visit to the hospital. "He feels really good now," Carroll said of the speedy Lockett, who had just one catch for 38 yards against the Eagles. "... He could run and play and all that. He just feels better now. I think it's going to take all the way to Monday to really kinda put it in the rearview mirror, but he's in good shape." While Lockett is bidding to find the end zone in his seventh straight home game, former first-round pick Rashaad Penny will attempt to build off a career-high 129-yard rushing performance against Minnesota's sixth-ranked rush defense. Fellow running back Chris Carson wasn't as fortunate in last week's win over Philadelphia, putting forth a season-low 26 yards while putting the ball on the ground for a league-high seventh time.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Seattle sports a 28-5-1 record (.838) in prime-time regular-season games with Carroll at the helm, including 18-2 at home.

2. The teams are meeting for the third straight year and second time in as many seasons on Monday night, with the Seahawks posting a 21-7 victory on Dec. 10.

3. Minnesota TE Kyle Rudolph has a touchdown reception in each of his last three games.

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Last Injuries

Seattle Seahawks

  • Ethan Pocic

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Pocic has a knee sprain, and there is no indication if he will be a participant in Sunday's clash versus the Dolphins.

  • Neiko Thorpe

    Hip
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thorpe sat out the last game due to a hip injury, and it is unknown if he will compete in Sunday's showdown versus the Dolphins.

  • Cedric Ogbuehi

    Pectoral
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogbuehi has missed the past three games with a pectoral injury, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday against the Dolphins.

  • Damien Lewis

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Lewis left the last game with an ankle injury, and it is up in the air if he will participate in Sunday's contest versus the Dolphins.

  • Rasheem Green

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Green has wound up on the injured reserve list with a neck injury, and it is undetermined how much time he will miss.

  • Mike Iupati

    Knee
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Iupati exited the last game due to a knee injury, and it remains to be seen if he will take the field Sunday versus the Dolphins.

  • Lano Hill

    Back
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hill was forced from Sunday's game wit ha back injury, and it has yet to be determined if he will partake in Sunday's tilt versus the Dolphins.

  • Jamal Adams

    Groin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Adams was removed from the previous game due to a groin strain, and his status for Sunday's matchup versus the Dolphins is in question.

Minnesota Vikings

  • Mike Hughes

    Neck
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Hughes sat out the previous game due to a neck injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against the Texans on Sunday.

  • Cameron Dantzler

    Ribs
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Dantzler has missed the past two games with injured ribs, and it is unclear if he will return Sunday versus the Texans.

  • Troy Dye

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Dye has been assigned to the injured reserve list with a mid-foot sprain, and it is unknown how long he will be debilitated.

  • Riley Reiff

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Reiff is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is undetermined if he will be in Sunday's lineup versus the Titans.

  • Kris Boyd

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Boyd is hobbled by a hamstring injury, and it remains to be seen if he will participate in Sunday's tilt versus the Titans.

  • Mike Boone

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Boone left the last game to be evaluated for a concussion and did not return. It is unknown if he will be cleared in time for Sunday's matchup against the Titans.

  • Anthony Barr

    Pectoral
    I-R | I-R

    Barr has been added to the injured reserve list due to a torn pectoral muscle.

  • Danielle Hunter

    Neck
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hunter has landed on the injured reserve list due to a neck injury, and he will miss an extended period.