The 6-5 Seattle Seahawks travel to Minnesota to take on the 8-3 Vikings on Sunday Afternoon. Both teams are coming off impressive wins last week and both teams have been playing good football for over a month. Seattle was down 21-20 entering the 4th quarter but went on to score 19 points in the final quarter to hold on and beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 39-30. This was the Seahawks 4th win in their last 5 games. On a negative note, Seattle lost tight end Jimmy Graham for the season when he went down with a knee injury. The Vikings played great defense and got another huge game from Adrian Peterson to beat the Atlanta Falcons 20-10. This was their 6th win in their last 7 games and put them back in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.
Seattle’s offense played great and it all started with Russell Wilson. Wilson completed 21 of 30 passes for 345 yards and a career high 5 touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception and finished with a passer rating of 147.9. His favorite target was Doug Baldwin who had 6 receptions for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns including an 80 yarder in the 4th quarter which sealed the victory. They also had success running the ball as Thomas Rawls had 21 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown. Wilsons 336 passing yards and their 39 points scored are both season highs. Defensively, they allowed 30 points and 456 yards of total offense, they were able to intercept the Steelers 4 times and completely shut down the running game. Pittsburgh had only 58 rushing yards on 14 carries. The 456 yards allowed was the most ever allowed by the Seahawks in the team’s history.
The Vikings played well both offensively and defensively last week against the Falcons. Offensively, they rushed for 191 yards as a team and were led by Adrian Peterson who had 29 carries for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. Teddy Bridgewater had some struggles as he completed 20 of 28 passes for 174 yards with 1 interception without throwing any touchdowns. The offensive line played well as Atlanta wasn’t able to sack Bridgewater all game. Kyle Rudolph was his favorite target as he caught 7 passes for 53 yards. Defensively, they did a great job on Matt Ryan as they intercepted him twice and sacked him twice for a loss of 20 yards. They had some trouble stopping the run as Tevin Coleman was able to gain 110 yards on 18 carries.
The Seahawks are 4-6-1 against the spread this year including 1-3-1 on the road. The Vikings are 9-2 against the spread this year including 4-1 at home. The spread for this game is even and Minnesota has home field advantage while Seattle is without Jimmy Graham. Both teams are very much alive in the playoff chase and will be surely ready to go come Sunday.
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