The 6-5-1 Minnesota Vikings will travel to Seattle to take on the 7-5 Seahawks in this week’s Monday night matchup. Both teams are still very much alive in the playoff hunt but are coming off very different weeks. The Seahawks won their third game in a row with an easy 43-16 home victory over the San Francisco 49ers. They will not overtake the Los Angeles Rams for first place in the NFC West but their strong play of late has them in the Wild Card conversation. The Vikings were defeated on the road 24-10 by the New England Patriots. It was their third loss in their last 5 games and they failed to gain ground on the Chicago Bears who lost to the New York Giants.
Russel Wilson threw just 17 passes against the 49ers and still finished with a quarterback rating of 140. He completed 11 of the 17 passes for 185 yards, 4 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Jaron Brown who had 3 catches for 67 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tyler Locket caught 1 pass but it was a 52 yard touchdown reception. They had success running the ball as they gained 168 yards on 29 carries which is an average of 5.8 yards per run. They lead the entire league with an average of 148.8 rushing yards per game. Defensively, they forced 3 turnovers as they intercepted Nick Mullens once and recovered 2 fumbles. They did a nice job against the run as the 49ers gained just 66 yards on 23 carries. If there was a negative for the defense, it was the long ball as 5 different receivers caught passes that gained at least 24 yards. For the year, the Seahawks defense has allowed their opponents to average 21.6 points and 383.3 yards per game
Kirk Cousins finished with quarterback rating of 43.4 against the Patriots. He completed 32 of 44 passes for 201 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. His favorite target was Dalvin Cook who had 8 catches for 22 yards. They had success running the ball despite having just 13 carries. They rushed for 13 yards which is an average of over 7 yards per run. On the season, the Vikings offense has averaged 22.9 points and 376.9 yards per game. Defensively, they did not have any sacks but did intercept Tom Brady once. They allowed the Patriots to gain 160 yards on 39 carries which is an average of 4.1 yards per run. The Patriots also had 7 different receivers catch passes that gained at least 13 yards.
The Seahawks will have home field advantage and are favored by a field goal. They have gone 7-3-2 against the spread this season including 3-1-1 at home. Minnesota has gone 6-5-1 against the spread this season including 2-3-1 on the road. While the Seahawks have the momentum with the 3 straight wins, there is an area that Minnesota might be able to exploit. In the last 4 games Seattle’s pass defense has allowed 315 yards per game which is welcoming news for their 2 top receivers Adam Thielen and Stefan Diggs.
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