Two of the best sides in the NFC make up the Monday Night Football in what is one of the biggest primetime matches of the season as the Seattle Seahawks take on the Minnesota Vikings in a match with a lot of postseason interest on it.
The Seattle Seahawks know they will go to the top of the NFC West if they come out on top in the match while the Minnesota Vikings have to win to keep the Green Bay Packers honest in the NFC North so there is plenty on the line here.
The Seattle Seahawks are on a run of four wins in a row heading into this match, which has taken them to 9-2 for the campaign and a win here will see them move above the San Francisco 49ers and into top spot with just four matches remaining. Defeat will be a missed opportunity but the Seahawks play the 49ers in the final week of the season in what is looking like a bigger and bigger match by the day.
The real positive for the Seattle outfit this season has been the quarterback play of Russell Wilson. Their defence is beginning to round into some form as well and we’ve seen the Seahawks hit their peak in December before so none of this is a surprise. In the main Seattle have come through a lot of shootouts this season, which might bode well for them as they are up against a pretty competent offensive side here.
The Minnesota Vikings go into this match off the back of six wins in their last seven so it isn’t only the Seattle Seahawks who are in good form heading into this encounter. Minnesota are probably under more pressure than their opponents after the Green Bay Packers have already won this week, so it will be interesting to see how Kirk Cousins and his offense deal with that under that sort of scrutiny on the road.
The Minnesota defence is ranked fifth against the run this season which could be significant because the Seahawks like to utilise the running game a lot, but they cough up a lot of yards through the air which is something they are going to need to be careful of here. With one of the best running backs in the league and some dangerous passing options though, the Vikings are certainly capable of fighting fire with fire against anyone.
I’m looking forward to an entertaining match up here between two sides who are usually decent to watch. I see no reason why this one would be any different so I’m expecting the offenses to work things out and come out on top in the game, whether on the ground or with some big plays in the air with two very competent passing quarterbacks on show.
That makes me think that the 5.5 touchdowns line is quite a low one. We saw this line covered in the Sunday Night Football and one side were terrible for three and a half quarters. That bodes well for it being covered here. Both teams have running backs that can finish drives off and quarterbacks who can thread passes in tight situations. I expect to see at least half a dozen touchdowns in this one so I’ll take the over.
WON – Back Over 5.5 touchdowns for a 4/10 stake at 2.00 with Sky Bet