Seattle (6-5) at Minnesota (8-3)
When: Sunday, December 6th 2015
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Time: 1:00 ET | TV: FOX
The NFC North leading Minnesota Vikings will start a tough stretch of games to finish out the regular season when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Minnesota, which leads by a half a game over Green Bay in the division, will finish up with Arizona, Chicago, NY Giants, and Green Bay after Sunday. The Vikings are doing the old-school way with a great rushing attack and solid defense. Their 17.6 points allowed per game is second best in the NFL after they held the Atlanta Falcons to just 10 points in last week’s win. Running back Adrian Peterson gained 158 yards and two touchdowns in that game and is the NFL’s leading rusher once again with 1,164 yards. Teddy Bridgewater continues to be inconsistent and went for just 174 yards last week with an interception. He only has 8 touchdowns to 7 interceptions on the season and obviously plays much better with the lead. His number one target is wideout Stefon Diggs who leads the team with 40 catches for 604 yards despite missing the first three weeks. Minnesota continues to get no respect from the oddsmakers even though they are 9-2 against the spread this season including 4-1 at home. They will again be underdogs at home today.
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Just when the Seahawks appeared to have their groove back on offense, they lost a key contributor in tight end Jimmy Graham last week. Graham suffered a season-ending knee injury in Seattle’s wild 39-30 win over Pittsburgh. Russell Wilson put together his best game of the season completing 21-of-30 passes for 345 yards and five touchdowns without an interception. Thomas Rawls has been a solid replacement for the injured Marshawn Lynch and has collected 290 totals yards and two scores over the last two games. Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin is also starting to heat up with 339 yards and four touchdowns in his last three games. The Seattle defense will have their hands full with Peterson, but they are very solid against the run allowing just 92.9 yards a game. Right now, Seattle has the last playoff spot in the NFC and needs a win today to stay ahead of Atlanta. The Seahawks will play Baltimore and Cleveland the next two weeks before closing against the Rams and Cardinals.
Its hard to predict which Seattle offense will come to play, but we do know that Minnesota will make it tough for them to do anything. I expect Peterson to get his 100 yards and the Seahawks offense to struggle on the road against a Vikings team with a chip on their shoulders. Take the home dog.
Pick: Vikings +2