Seattle Seahawks (1-1) vs Minnesota Vikings (0-2)Date : 08/24/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnisota
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings
The Seattle Seahawks will take to the road to battle the Minnesota Vikings in week 3 preseason action that will take place at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on 8-24-2018 beginning at 8 pm EST. In their last outing, the Vikings would suffer the 14-10 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on 8-18-2018 to where the Jags would cash in on the spread (+4) while the under was the play with the total being set at 40.5 for the game. The Seahawks would suffer the 24-14 road loss against the San Diego Chargers on 8-18-2018 to where the Rams would cover (-3) while the under also being the result with runs being set at 40 for the game. This game will pit a struggling offense in Seattle that is averaging 15.5 points per game (28th) on 268 total yards (195 passing/73 rushing) against a Vikings D that is allowing 21 points per game (18th) along with 291 total yards per game (9th). On the other hand, the Seattle D which is allowing 22 points per game (20th) along with allowing 294 yards per game thus far, good for 10th in the league, will match up with a Vikings offense that has put up an average of 322 yards per game (13th) while putting up 26 points per game, good for 6th overall.
Seattle Seahawks's Latest Performance :
The Seahawk offense could only collect 17 first downs in a 24-14-week 2 preseason loss to the Rams on 8-18-2018 while only racking up 58 yards rushing along with 282 yards passing with a total time of possession of 22:39 (compared to 37:21 for the Rams). Russel Wilson was great, however, as he would go 13/21 for 193 yards total while Alex McGough would be 9/12 for 97 yards and Austin Davis ending with only 6 yards on 1 for 3 passing. Chris Carson would pace the rushing attack with 9 rushes for 34 yards while CJ Prosise would have 3 rushes for 12 yards along with 6 catches for 35 yards in the game. Jaron Brown would step up for the receiving corps with 2 catches for 74 yards while David Moore would also pull in 2 receptions for 71 yards, altogether.
Defensively, the Seahawks would allow the Rams to rack up 17 first downs along with 176 rushing yards along with 146 passing yards, altogether. They would, however, get sacks from Rasheem Green (1.5), Trey Flowers (.5), Tom Johnson (.5), and Quinton Jefferson (.5) in the loss. Austin Calitro would end with 4 tackles while Lorenzan Jerome and Tedric Thompson would each have 3 tackles apiece for the defense.
Minnesota Vikings's Latest Performance :
Brandon Wilds would score on a 2-yard run for the Jaguars late in the 4th in which to give the Jags a 14-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings on the road on 8-18-2018. The Minnesota D would allow Jax a total of 20 first downs with 100 yards rushing along with 183 yards passing while also allowing for 2-2 efficiency rate in the red zone in the victory. Nonetheless, Harrison Smith would obtain an INT in this matchup while the Vikings D would get 6 sacks in the game with 4 being by Ifeandi Odenibu (2), Anthony Harris (1), and Eric Wilson (1). Odenibu would also have 5 tackles on the night while Wilson (4) and Holten Hill would also have 4 tackles in the loss.
The Offense would be held to 17 first downs with 128 yards rushing along with 110 yards passing for the game with a time of possession of 23:54. Kirk Cousins would be limited as he would go 3 for 8 for only 12 yards while Trevor Semien would go 5 for 10 for 46 yards, overall. Kyle Slotter would go 10 of 15 for 82 yards in the loss for the Vikings. Mike Boone (13 for 91 yards) and Roc Thomas (5 for 25 yards) would pace the rushing attack for Minnesota while Caleb Jones and Jake Wienke would combine for 5 catches for 43 yards in defeat. The Vikings offense would go 50% in the red zone for the night at 1 for 2 while allowing 4 sacks for the Jags defense.
How Seattle Seahawks & Minnesota Vikings Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
While the revamped Seattle defense may be on the road to continuing its dominance in 2018, their offense continues to sputter at times as has been shown during the preseason in averaging only 15 points per game. The Vikings D, on the other hand, will certainly be looking at this game as a litmus test in maintaining their focus in shutting down inconsistent offenses while allowing their offense time to stay on the field and do its job: Score points. With that being said, this should also be a huge gauge for Seattle as well in that the offense certainly needs to step up more. The problem is that they will find much difficulty doing this against a tough, stingy Minnesota defense.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Minnesota Vikings -3.5
My reason for the pick :
With Seattle struggling to score points, I would not pick them to win this matchup, outright. In fact, I will be backing the Vikings in this matchup to cover the spread as they are playing very good football at a pivotal point in the season. They are seemingly using this time in which to better develop their talent into what they would like to implement on both sides of the ball during the season. Thus far, things have really gone well, and I expect them to continue their success against a Seattle team that will certainly come to play, yet, will fall in the end.
Totals Selection: Pick: 40.5
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the under in this contest in hyou have an aggressive Vikings defense that has been playing impressively thus far against a Seattle team that is having trouble moving the ball. With an average of 15.5 points per game, the Seattle Seahawks are certainly looking to have a much better performance in week 3 in attempting to become more consistent on the offensive side of the ball, however, this will certainly not be easy against Minnesota and a resurgent defense. Also, while Minnesota has put some points on the board in the first 2 weeks of the preseason (26 ppg), they will also find trouble moving the ball against a prideful Seattle defense that certainly looks to step it up until their offense can get up to speed.
Betting trends for Seattle Seahawks:
- The Seahawks are 4-1-1 ATS in last 5 games versus NFC
- The Under is 5-1 in Seahawks last 6 road games
- The Under is 9-3 in Seahawks last 12 games versus NFC
Betting trends for Minnesota Vikings:
- The Vikings are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games versus NFC
- The Vikings are 42-19 ATS in last 61 games
- The Under is 5-2 in Viking last 7 home games