Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs have been an exciting one-two punch for the Vikings this season. The two have combined for 2005 yards receiving.
Through 13 weeks of the season the Seahawks and Vikings hold the two Wildcard spots in the NFC. It doesn’t appear that these two teams will challenge their respective division leaders, but they will be in a fight to the finish to hold down these spots with four games left.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Seahawks enter this game on a four game winning streak against the Vikings dating back November of 2012. In those four games, two of the wins were in Seattle. Head-to-head the home team and favourite is 4-1 against the spread in the last five games played.
The Seahawks have played well against NFC opponents going 6-3 this season, and are 5-0-1 ATS in the last six against the conference. The Vikings are 1-7 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
The Vikings have been consistently inconsistent. In the early part of October, this club was rolling with three straight wins against the Eagles, Cardinals, and Jets. Since that time, it’s been a lose one win one scenario for this team. Last week, the Vikes were schooled by the Patriots 24-10. Minnesota was very-much in this game on paper, down 10-7 at halftime, but only managed to score three points in the final 30 minutes of the game.
The duo threat of Adam Theilen and Stefon Diggs should once again he the focal point of the offence in this game. Theilen is on record-breaking pace this season, already setting a new Vikings record with nine 100+ yard receiving games, breaking the old record of eight set by Hall of Famer Randy Moss in the 2000 and 2003 seasons. Diggs is closing in on 1000 yards for the season with 839 entering this game. This is the best combo the Seahawks have faced to date.
The Vikings defence will be tested in Seattle this weekend. The Vikes currently hold the league’s six ranked defence, and the seventh ranked run defence. In fact, the Vikings have allowed only six runs of 15 yards of more in 2018, tied for the fewest in the NFL.
The Seahawks enter this game on a season-high three game winning streak. The key to their success has been a balanced attack. The Seahawks boast the leagues number one rushing attack averaging 148.8 yards per game, but don’t have a top ten running back. Led by Chris Carson (157 carries for 704 yards), Mike Davis, Rashaad Penny and even Russell Wilson; all have made major contributions to the ground game. The Vikings run defence has been very good this season, currently seventh in the league with opponents averaging 99.2 yards per game.
Speaking of Wilson, he is ranked fourth in touchdown passes with 29, only behind Patrick Mahomes, Drew Brees, and Andrew Luck. But Wilson is not ranked in the top ten in passing yards. Wilson’s favourite red zone target is Tyler Lockett, who has nine touchdown catches this season, good enough for a tie for fifth in the league.
One question mark entering this game is the secondary. In the first eight games of the season the Seahawks averaged 218 passing yards against. However, in the last four games, they have allowed an average of 315 yards against. Overall, the secondary is ranked ninth in the league, averaging 228.6 yards per game, as they face Kirk Cousins, who is the number six ranked passer in the NFL with 3490 yards this season.