Vikings Vs. Seahawks Predictions – Monday Night Football Betting Odds
When the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks meet on Monday Night Football a wildcard spot in the NFC will be in play. Having reached the NFL week 14, there isn’t much room for errors for any of these two teams. The Seahawks are 3-point favorites at MyBookie.ag. The betting line moved down half a point after it opened at 3.5. I can’t see any sudden movement from now and until kickoff. 58% of the betting public is swallowing the points and taking Seattle to cover the spread. The game total is at 45.5 points. It moved half a point from 45.
Minnesota Vikings Vs. Seattle Seahawks Predictions
Spread: Seahawks -3
Money line: Minnesota +135 vs. Seattle -160
Game Total: 45.5
Date: Monday, December 10th, 2018
Game Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
What’s the Vikings’ latest betting form to face the Seahawks?
The Vikings are coming off a tough stretch in the last month, playing against three of the best teams in the NFL in the previous five weeks. Minnesota lost to the New Orleans Saints at home, and Chicago Bears and the New England Patriots on the road. If we add to it they have faced the Los Angeles Rams and the champs Philadelphia Eagles this season as well; that’s a loaded scheduled. The loss to the Patriots 24-10 last week saw them failed to cover the spread as 4-point underdogs at Gillette Stadium. Minnesota hasn’t reached the level many of us expected when they signed QB Kirk Cousins during the offseason. Cousins was brought to play and beat the big names in the NFL, and they have done precisely the opposite.
One thing the Vikings have against them is their play call. Whenever a game is slipping out of their hands, they completely forget about the running game and become one dimensional. It happened last week against the Pats when Cousins threw 44 passes while RB Dalvin Cook only had nine carries for 84 yards. This unbalanced attack has made Minnesota a predictable team. Several reports have mentioned head coach Mike Zimmer is not happy about the play call coming from OC John DeFilippo. It’s too obvious they are not on the same page.
A few more challenges come ahead this week. WR Stefon Diggs was limited at Thursday’s practice. He’s 160 yards away from getting 1000-receiving yards for the first time on his career, but he has been lingering a knee injury over the past few weeks. Betting the Vikings on the road hasn’t been great. They have covered the spread just twice of the six road games they have played.
What’s the Seahawks’ latest betting form to face the Vikings?
Quietly the Seahawks have become one of the teams many of the favorites don’t want to meet in the NFC playoffs. They are an uncomfortable team to play against, and they are rolling lately. Seattle has won their last three games in a row, including wins over the Green Bay Packers and the Carolina Panthers. These are two squads with wildcard aspirations. Last week the Seahawks gave the San Francisco 49ers a good-old butt whopping. Their 43-16 win over a hated rival was statement letting the Niners know they are not ready to let go their recent domination in the series. Seattle covered the spread as a 10-point favorite.
What makes the Seahawks such a pain to play against is their mindset to run the football early and often. While the rest of the NFL is falling in love with the passing game and the colossal passing yard numbers, Seattle is going old school. They lead the NFL with 148.8 rushing yards per game, and they have done with a running back committee of nameless players out of the backfield. Chris Carson is the leader of the tailbacks’ bunch with 704 yards in 157 carries. That’s not impressive by itself. But putting it together with the rest of the group, Seattle has run over 1700 yards in 2018.
Minnesota’s defense allows fewer than 100 rushing yards per game. That’s seventh best in the NFL. But I don’t think they are ready for what’s coming. The X-factor in this Seattle’s running committee is QB Russell Wilson. His scrambling abilities are hard to factor in the defensive game plan. Not many quarterbacks are equally smart running and passing the football. Wilson is.
The play for the MNF game between Vikings and Seahawks?
Minnesota hasn’t shown us they can win high profile games on primetime. Vikings’ fans can make the argument they beat Green Bay on Sunday Night Football, but we know now the Packers are far away from being considered a good team this season. I don’t trust Minnesota to go into a hostile environment and win without putting emphasis on running the football. The lack of a rushing attack makes Cousins to force the ball down the field. That’s never a good thing.
Not many people have seen Seattle play since their week two loss on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. A lot has changed since that night. Their offensive line has dominated teams, not only running the football left and right, but giving Russell Wilson enough time to scan the field. What was a liability early in the year, has become a strength for Seattle.
The oddsmakers are asking the hot team to win by more than a field goal, playing at home on Monday Night Football. I don’t think that’s a lot to ask. If you think the Seahawks are on a rebuilding year, think again. This team is not only aiming to get a playoffs spot but to make a run in the NFC while playing spoiler for many of the big names in the conference. Teams know they don’t want to meet a squad with a running mantra in December and January. The Vikings will soon find out about it. Bet Seahawks -3.