Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks: Predictions and Odds (NFL Week 13)
The Green Men of WSN’s Picks and Best Bets Podcast predict the Seattle Seahawks to win this one. My prediction for the final score is Seahawks 31, Vikings 27
How to Watch: Vikings vs Seahawks
What: Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks
When: Monday Night Football, December 2 at 8:15 pm ET
Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
How (TV): ESPN
Vikings vs Seahawks – Point Spread
Vikings +2.5, Seahawks -2.5
Minnesota vs Seattle – Game Preview
This Week 13 Monday Night Football NFC battle could likely be a postseason preview game between that conference’s projected 6th playoff seed, the 8-3 Minnesota Vikings, and the projected 5th seed, the Seattle Seahawks, both teams currently in second place in their divisions so a win here would be key.
The Vikings are finally beginning to get some big-time victories with quarterback Kirk Cousins under center, while the Seahawks have been flying high while being led by the NFL’s potential MVP this season, quarterback Russell Wilson.
Both of these franchises are strong on offense and weak on defense, so it should be a high-scoring game in the end, and here we take a closer look at the two teams side-by-side to see how they match up for this NFC MNF showdown.
The 8-3-0 Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings can finally say they have a worthy franchise quarterback in Kirk Cousins, who is playing lights out football these days after struggling a bit in the beginning of the season, causing some to doubt his ability to win the big games, including a few teammates, who actually called him out publicly on it after a few weeks in the season.
Despite coming off a bye in Week 12, the Vikings still have some injured players and the team’s success in this one could depend on whether guys like star running back Dalvin Cook and receivers Adam Thielen can even suit up on Monday.
Minnesota’s mediocre 15th ranked defense will need to improve to the level of their offense if head coach Mike Zimmer expects his team to compete in the postseason, but with stars like end Everson Griffen and free safety Anthony Harris on the roster, that should not be too difficult a task for coordinator George Edwards to manage.
The 9-2-0 Seattle Seahawks
This Seattle Seahawks team looks devastating – they can beat you on the ground or through the air, their offense led by Russell Wilson, whom many are looking at as the league’s MVP right now given his ability to make big throws for big plays that have left opponents shaking their heads
Then, add running back Chris Carson – he has given the Seahawks a top-10 rushing attack that keeps defenders guessing and allows for Wilson and head coach Pete Carroll to game plan a well-balanced offensive attack that opponents are scrambling to defend.
Like the Vikings, though, the Seahawks are relatively weak on defense, so right now as a general game plan they have had to simply outscore their opponents (as opposed to shutting them down), and, though that may work in the regular season, it tends to fail in the playoffs when a good defense can advance a team almost all on its own
Vikings vs Seahawks – History
These two NFC rivals have met 16 total times (including 1 postseason game), with Minnesota winning 5 of those times and Seattle winning the other 11 games.
The last time these two teams played was in December of last season when (just as in this matchup) the Vikings traveled West to Seattle but only to be beaten by a score of 21-7.
If the Vikings win this matchup, they’ll move to 9-3-0 and continue to be a legitimate threat to the Green Bay Packers to take over the NFC North while remaining as the predicted 6th NFC seed for the postseason.
But if the Seahawks come out winners in this one, they’ll be 10-2-0 and continue to put pressure on the current NFC West leaders, the San Francisco 49ers, while remaining as the predicted 5th NFC seed for the playoffs.
Questions to Answer
Who’s favored to win this Week 13 Vikings-Seahawks matchup?
Which team has a better offense? Defense? Special teams?
Which team’s quarterback is more likely to lead his team to victory?
We’re going to briefly compare the Vikings and the Seahawks next and attempt to answer those questions and more.
Offensive Stats Comparison
Minnesota Vikings Overall Offense
- Ranked 8th overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 15th
- Rushing attack currently ranked 4th
Just like the Seahawks who they are playing in Week 13, the Minnesota Vikings have a top-10 offense that is stronger on the ground than it is through the air and both teams average just over 26 points per game.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins completes over 70 percent of his passes and so far, has 21 touchdowns through the air with just 3 interceptions, which is nicely countered by the Vikings’ 4th ranked rushing attack led by the league’s 3rd most productive running back right now, Dalvin Cook.
The problem is that even after their Week 12 bye, the Vikings are still terribly banged up – currently, playmaker Dalvin Cook (chest), star wide receiver Adam Thielen (hamstring) and offensive guard Josh Kline (concussion) are all still listed as questionable for Week 13.
Seattle Seahawks Overall Offense
- Ranked 5th overall in 2019
- Passing attack currently ranked 11th
- Rushing attack currently ranked T-6th
Oh, what a season Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson is having right now – he’s thrown for almost 3,000 yards already and is tied (with the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson) for the most passing touchdowns in the league with 24 of them with just 3 interceptions, putting him smack dab in the middle of most MVP conversations.
On the ground attack for Seattle is the hard-hitting Chris Carson – he’s helped make the Seahawks the 6th best rushing team in the league right now, with Carson carrying the ball over 200 times so far for 879 yards for 4 touchdowns, averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
Talk about banged up, the Seahawks have fifteen players listed as questionable for this game, their receiving corps particularly sore with Josh Gordon (ankle), Tyler Lockett (shin) and D.K. Metcalf (knee) all listed as questionable for this one.
The Seattle Seahawks have Russell Wilson, who is currently on fire, so they will have the offensive advantage over the Vikings on Monday night, that is if dual-threat Dalvin Cook doesn’t have one of his “special” multi-touchdown games (he’s had 9 of them) and swing the advantage back towards Minnesota.
Defensive Stats Comparison
Minnesota Vikings Overall Defense
- Ranked 15th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 20th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 6th
The Vikings may only be the 15th best defensive squad in the NFL right now, but they are the sixth-best at keeping their opponents from scoring, currently giving up an average of just 18.6 points per game after twelve weeks of football.
One Vikings player that stands out every week is defensive end Danielle Hunter – the guy is a beast, hunting quarterbacks and tackling runners, so far with 8.5 sacks, 16 quarterback hits, a forced fumble and 47 total tackles.
There are, however, some key defensive Minnesota players who are still listed as questionable for this one, even after the Viking’s Week 12 bye – linebacker Ben Gedeon (concussion), defensive end Everson Griffen (knee), safeties Anthony Harris (groin) and Harrison Smith (hamstring) and defensive tackles Shamar Stephen (knee) and Linval Joseph (knee – meniscus).
Seattle Seahawks Overall Defense
- Ranked 24th overall in 2019
- Passing defense currently ranked 29th
- Rushing defense currently ranked 10th
The Seahawks have been terrible on defense this season (only eight teams have been statistically worse), coordinator Ken Norton Jr.’s squad letting their opponents gain over 370 yards and score almost 24 points per game.
There are some bright spots on that side of the ball in Seattle, though, like cornerback Tre Flowers, who has 2 interceptions and 8 passes defended so far on the season, plus he has recovered a fumble, sacked a quarterback and made 56 total tackles.
Unfortunately, many of Flowers’ defensive teammates are injured at this point in the season, with cornerbacks Neiko Thorpe (groin), Jeremy Boykins (undisclosed) and Kalan Reed (neck) all listed as questionable for Week 13, creating a lack of healthy depth in the secondary.
Neither of these defenses are stellar and both are pretty banged up, so whichever team can field the healthiest group (and we won’t know that until game time) will end up having the defensive advantage on Monday night.
Vikings vs Seahawks – Final Game Analysis
Why Will the Vikings Win this Game?
The Minnesota Vikings will win this one because they have one of the best running backs in the league in Dalvin Cook, and he will be facing one of the weaker defenses in the NFL and have one of the best outings of the season, if not his career.
The Vikings MUST put tremendous pressure on Russell Wilson – if he can’t get his feet set, it will be a long game for him – and for Minnesota to win they have to force Wilson to have an uncharacteristically bad game (just like the Ravens made him have in Week 7 when he completed less than 50% of his passes).
Kirk Cousins has proven he can win the big games, and there is no bigger game than this – to beat the Seahawks on Monday Night Football Cousins will have to play his best game yet against one of the better opponents they’ve faced, but against a 24th ranked Seahawks’ defense, that will be entirely possible.
Why Will the Seahawks Win this Game?
The Seattle Seahawks will win this game if they can stop (or at least slow down) the Vikings’ run game (in other words, Dalvin Cook) so that Kirk Cousins is forced to throw the ball more often, that type of one-dimensional attack is far easier to defend.
The Seahawks defense must also make Kirk Cousins extremely uncomfortable in the pocket (like they did to Carson Wentz last week) because once they have him scrambling, he is more likely to a) get sacked or b) throw the ball away, either to the sidelines or preferably to one of the Seahawks’ defenders.
These two defenses are basically a wash, so this game will come down to which team’s offense steps up bigger, and right now Russell Wilson seems like the man who can make that happen, so a big game from him could be all it takes (still a huge ask) for a victory here.
Vikings vs Seahawks – Who Will Win?
The Seattle Seahawks will win this game by four points because not only are they at home, they have Russell Wilson and he is in a winning zone right now so by the very end of this one (and probably no sooner), he and head coach Pete Carroll will find a way to victory.
The Green Men of WSN’s Picks and Best Bets Podcast predict the Seattle Seahawks to win this one.
My prediction for the final score is Seahawks 31, Vikings 27
Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks Odds
|Sportsbook||Vikings +2.5||Seahawks -2.5|