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Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Predictions, Odds, Picks

Sept. 24, 2021
Jonathan Willis
VI Betting Expert

Minnesota will look to avoid an 0-3 start when the Vikings play their home opener against the Seattle Seahawks this week. They are coming off a gut-wrenching loss to Arizona last week, and they know they can’t afford another defeat. Only six teams have made the playoffs since 1980 after starting 0-3, and the 2018 Houston Texans were the only team to do it in the last two decades.

Score Prediction: Minnesota 31, Seattle 28

Best Bet: Minnesota ML

Best Bet: Over 55.5

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Predictions

Pete Carroll is 7-0 against Minnesota since he became Seattle’s head coach in 2010. The Seahawks have ripped out the Vikings’ hearts twice in that stretch, winning 10-9 in the Twin Cities during the 2015 NFL Playoffs and gritting out a one-point win last year in the Emerald City. This will be the first time these teams have met in Minnesota since that infamous playoff loss.

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Resources

  • Matchup: NFC West vs. NFC North
  • Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
  • Venue: U.S. Bank Stadium
  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • TV-Time: FOX - 4:25 p.m. ET

Seattle Seahawks Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 1-1
  • ATS: 1-1
  • O/U: 1-1
  • ATS - Home: 0-1
  • ATS - Away: 1-0

Russell Wilson was the September MVP favorite in 2020, and Wilson is among the frontrunners for the award after the first two weeks of this year. He is completing 74.1% of his passes and averaging 11.1 YPA with six touchdowns and no turnovers. Wilson leads the league with a 146.9 QB rating despite being sacked six times.

This offense is thriving with a healthy Chris Carson. Carson is averaging 4.2 YPC, and Seattle is hoping that he can avoid injury this year. Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf have effectively swapped roles through the first couple games with Lockett being the big play threat (23.2 YPR) and Metcalf largely being used on underneath routes.

Minnesota Vikings Betting Analysis

Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS, Over-Under (O/U)

  • SU: 0-2
  • ATS: 1-1
  • O/U: 2-0
  • ATS - Home: 0-0
  • ATS - Away: 1-1

Kirk Cousins has yet to turn the ball over this season. He is averaging close to 300 YPG through his first two games and is averaging 7.3 YPA. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen are still his top targets, but the leading receiver to this point has been unheralded second-year player K.J. Osborn.

Minnesota might not have star running back Dalvin Cook available for this game. Cook did not participate in practice on Thursday due to an ankle injury, so there’s a good chance that Alexander Mattison starts in his place this week.

Inside the Stats - Seattle Seahawks

  • Record: 1-1
  • Division Standing: 4th - NFC West
  • Points Scored: 58 (8th)
  • Points Allowed: 49 (16th)
  • PS/G: 29
  • PA/G: 24.5

Inside the Stats - Minnesota Vikings

  • Record: 0-2
  • Division Standing: 3rd - NFC North
  • Points Scored: 57 (11th)
  • Points Allowed: 61 (27th)
  • PS/G: 28.5
  • PA/G: 30.5

Key Players to Watch

  • SEA: Russell Wilson - QB (40/54, 597 yards, 6 TD)
  • SEA: Tyler Lockett - WR (12 catches, 278 yards, 3 TD)
  • MIN: Dalvin Cook - RB (42 carries, 192 yards, TD)
  • MIN: Kirk Cousins - QB (58/81, 595 yards, 5 TD)

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Conclusion

These offenses should trade blows throughout as both Minnesota and Seattle have excellent receiving tandems and weak secondaries. The Vikings will finally get the upper hand on the Seahawks though, as Seattle’s offensive line woes will lead to lost possessions and missed opportunities.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends

  • Minnesota has lost six straight games when playing in September.
  • Seattle has gone UNDER the point total in four of its last five road games.
  • Minnesota has failed to cover the spread in eight of its last nine games.
  • Minnesota has failed to cover the spread in five of its last six home games.
  • Minnesota has lost seven of its last 10 home games.

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