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#430 Minnesota
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Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 8:10pm

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Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Prediction, Preview, and Odds

The 2019 NFL preseason is heating up, and it continues with a clash between the Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings and both teams are hoping to get another win following respective victories in Week 1. The Seahawks finished the previous season in the second place in NFC West with a 10-6 record but lost to the Dallas Cowboys at home in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Vikings, on the other hand, haven’t made the playoffs in 2018 after some poor displays late in the season, and after an 8-7-1 record and second place in NFC North, they are looking to return to the playoffs this time around. Seattle is slightly better in recent H2H duels as they won six of the previous ten encounters including the last year’s regular-season game when they beat Minnesota 21-7 at home.

Seattle Seahawks beat the Broncos thanks to a great third quarter

The Seattle Seahawks opened this preseason with a 22-14 win over the Denver Broncos despite a slow first half and just three points on a scoreboard. They were much better in the second half and even kept the Broncos off the board in the third quarter, scoring 12 points in return. Former Denver’s quarterback Paxton Lynch was motivated enough to display a solid performance. He completed 11 of his 15 pass attempts for 109 yards and one touchdown. Lynch also added one touchdown on the ground and rushed for 38 yards on four carries.

Jazz Ferguson caught that TD pass while he led the Seahawks in receiving with 54 yards on four receptions. Xavier Turner had 42 yards on 13 carries. Geno Smith also got an opportunity under the center but wasn’t effective as Lynch, finishing the game with just three completions on nine pass attempts and with 58 yards. Pete Carroll will likely continue with Paxton Lynch as his starting quarterback against the Minnesota Vikings as Russell Wilson is not expected to play. Tight end Ed Dickson (knee) and linebacker Bobby Wagner (knee) are questionable to play, and Carroll will probably keep them out.

Smith had a Cyst removed from his knee this week and probably won’t play, so the Seahawks signed J.T. Barrett just in case.

“I’ll say this about J.T., he has picked up the offense maybe as fast as anybody,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said Tuesday. “Tremendous, tremendous worker, we’re 10-11 installs in, and I don’t think that there’s not a play that he can at least begin to draw up… As a quarterback you need to be able to picture the play in your mind, otherwise how do you go out and execute your read? He’s done an amazing job of picking it up, so yes, we’d love to get him some work (in the game) if we could.”

Minnesota Vikings defeated the Saints on the road

Despite being slight underdogs, the Minnesota Vikings managed to beat the New Orleans Saints 34-25 on the road in their preseason opener. They were excellent in the third quarter, scoring 13 points and allowing only three, so Mike Zimmer’s side deservedly secured a victory. Zimmer used some of his starters in the offense such as quarterback Kirk Cousins, wide receiver Adam Thielen, and tight end Kyle Rudolph, but they didn’t play much. Still, Cousins ended the game with 100% of pass completion (4/4) and 65 yards with a touchdown. His backup Sean Mannion completed seven of his 13 attempts for 102 yards and a TD while Kyle Sloter added 62 yards and a touchdown pass. Jake Browning also received some minutes and completed two passes for 18 yards.

Mike Boone (4 carries for 70 yards and a TD) and Ameer Abdullah (4 carries for 63 yards) were the most productive running backs and played a significant role in Minnesota’s 213 rushing yards. In the air, Tyler Conklin led the receivers with two catches for 56 yards while Olabisi Johnson and Khari Blasingame had a touchdown apiece. Zimmer could give some more minutes to Cousins and rest of his starters, but Mannion should be his No. 1 quarterback option for this game as well.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

The Vikings are slight favorites here, but it’s going to be tricky to cover -3.5 spread. However, after seeing that Zimmer used some of his starters in a game against New Orleans, I am backing the hosts to cover the spread. If you are not convinced that the Vikings will do it, you can back them to win moneyline at -200. Seattle’s defense will have much more problems than they encountered against the Broncos as Minnesota has more offensive weapons and is playing at home, which is always an essential factor.

Prediction: Minnesota Vikings -3.5 (-110)

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The total is set at 42, and given that total has gone over in eight of Seattle’s last ten games, and the total has gone over in 4 of Seattle’s previous five games on the road, I am going with over in this one. Minnesota’s offense was excellent against New Orleans, and I am backing them to display another great performance. Although I don’t think they will have another 30+ point game, they will do enough to take this tilt to over 42 points.

Prediction: Over 42 (-110)

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