Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
This Monday night’s featured matchup on ESPN in a slated 8:15 p.m. start from CenturyLink Field is a crucial NFC battle between the 6-5-1 Minnesota Vikings and the 7-5 Seattle Seahawks with major playoff implications for both teams.
Minnesota at Seattle Overview
Minnesota has dropped two of its last three games both straight-up and against the spread in road losses to Chicago and New England closing as an underdog. The total stayed UNDER 50 points in last Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Patriots, and it has stayed UNDER in four of the Vikings' last five games. After failing to cover in three of their previous five outings, their overall record ATS stands at an even 5-5-2. Minnesota is 2-3-1 ATS on the road this season and 1-3-1 ATS closing as an underdog.
Kirk Cousins remains one of the NFL's most prolific passers this season with 3,490 total passing yards, and 23 touchdown throws. He ended last week's game against New England throwing for 201 yards and one score along with a pair of interceptions. The Vikings’ running game has struggled all season long with an average of 86.1 rushing yards per game, but Dalvin Cook was able to gain 84 yards on nine carries in the losing effort.
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Seattle has already been shut out of the division title race in the NFC West behind the 11-1 Los Angeles Rams, but it currently holds the top wild-card spot in the NFC with last Sunday's 43-16 romp over San Francisco as a 10-point home favorite. This was the Seahawks' third SU win in a row, and they have posted a 6-1-1 record ATS over their last eight games. The total went OVER 45 points against the 49ers, and it has gone OVER in their previous four games. Seattle is 7-3-2 ATS overall with a 3-1-1 record ATS at home.
The Seahawks rely heavily on Russell Wilson has their top playmaker on offense, but one of the big reasons for this late-season surge has been the ability to run the ball effectively. Wilson has thrown for 2,716 yards and 29 touchdowns while adding another 245 yards on the ground. Chris Carson is Seattle’s leading rusher with 704 yards on 157 carries, but a total of four players have at least 200 rushing yards this season.
Minnesota at Seattle Betting Trends
- The Vikings have failed to cover in nine of their last 11 Monday night games and they are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a straight winning record. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their previous six games played on Monday night.
- The Seahawks are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six conference games and 22-9-1 ATS in their last 32 December games. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their previous eight games on Monday night.
- Seattle has a 4-1 edge both SU and ATS in its last five home games against Minnesota with the total going OVER in all five contests.
Vikings at Seahawks Prediction 12/10/2018
This is a must-win game for both teams in the competitive race for a wild-card spot in the NFC. The Vikings have had their issues winning in Seattle in recent years, and there is nothing that tells me they can reverse that negative trend against a Seahawks' team building some solid momentum in an effort to get back to the playoffs.
Lay the three points and take Seattle at home both SU and ATS.