The Minnesota Vikings needed a Week 17 win over the Packers to win the NFC North crown. Their prize? Hosting the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round. The Packers got off easy with a visit to Washington for losing the NFC North to the Vikings.
How To Bet The Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings NFC Wild Card Line & My Final Score Prediction
The NFL Wild Card Weekend NFC betting line favors Seattle by 6-points to beat Minnesota. If you are betting the money line straight up, the Seahawks pay 100 on 240 while the Vikings pay 200 on 100. The game total is at 42 points. The Seahawks handed the Vikings a 38-7 loss in Week 13.
What: NFC Wild Card Game
Who: Seattle Seahawks (10-6) at Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
When: Sunday, January 10, 2016,
Kickoff: 1:05 PM ET
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
Spread: Seahawks -6
Moneyline: Seattle -240 vs Minnesota +200
Game Total: 42
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Listen: Seattle vs Minnesota
Why Bet The Seattle Seahawks NFC Wild Card Line at -6
The Seahawks started the season at 2-4 and were 4-5 after nine games. They closed the season winners of six out of seven. In those six wins, Russell Wilson has thrown 22 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Those victories came at the stake of several current playoff teams including the likes of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings, and Arizona Cardinals.
What makes it more amazing is that Marshawn Lynch has been on the sideline after hernia surgery for the bulk of that run. Each of those games was won thanks no small part due to Wilson who has turned last year’s Super Bowl loss into the fuel for another Lombardi Trophy run.
Beastmode is expected to be back in the starting line up for this game.
Coach Pete Carroll was asked Monday if it’s realistic to expect Lynch to handle a 20-carry workload Sunday. "I think so, yeah," he said. "This is similar to the first game of the year, really."
Lynch has not played since Nov. 15 after suffering an abdomen injury, but he is back practicing with the team, and the expectation is that he’ll be the starting running back against the Vikings.
Don’t forget about the Seahawks D. Quietly, Seattle finished the season allowing the fewer points in the NFL with just 17.3 per game. The late return of Kam Chancellor after a contract dispute exposed the Legion of Boom as ordinary versus prolific passing offenses. The Vikings do not fit that description. They have averaged 28.4 passing attempts per game, the fewest in the NFL.
Why Bet The Minnesota Vikings NFC Wild Card Line at +6
Adrian Peterson carried the ball just eight times for 18 yards and didn’t notch a run of more than 5 yards in the Vikings previous meeting versus the Seahawks, voicing his displeasure afterward.
“We were outcoached in so many ways,” Peterson said after that game, frustrated by the lack of carries. “And outplayed as players.”
The Seahawks’ goal will be to build a lead and force the Vikings to pass to get back in the game. Minnesota will look to do the opposite: control the clock, run the ball and keep it close and that means a big dose of AP.
The Seahawks have limited opponents to 3.60 yards per carry on the season, the fourth-best mark in the NFL. And it’s worth noting that while Peterson has had a tremendous season, he is a bit banged-up at the moment and has slowed down the stretch. In the past five games, he has averaged just 3.57 yards per carry, which ranks 40th in the league during that span.
Last week versus the Packers, Peterson missed part of the second half with a back injury. He had 19 carries for 67 yards and a touchdown, adding one reception for one yard on his only target, in Sunday’s 20-13 win over the Packers. He is questionable for this game.
Betting Trends & Stats Related To This Matchup:
- 12/6/2015: Seattle won 38 to 7, Seattle covered -2.5, Game went over 43.
- The Seahawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
- The Seahawks are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- The Seahawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in January.
- The Seahawks are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- The Seahawks and Vikings feature the third- and fourth-best special-teams units.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:
Russell Wilson + Beastmode + Legion of Boom = A road NFC Wild Card win for the Seahawks.
Can any other team boast the playoff experience that the Seahawks can? Maybe the Patriots. My final score prediction is Seattle 28, Minnesota 17.