Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks Matchup Preview (10/11/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Minnesota finally got their first win this season but will now face to go into Seattle and face a red hot Russell Wilson. While the Vikings defense played a little better last week, oddsmakers have looked at these two secondaries and unloaded an over/under over 55. This is one of the higher totals I can remember and especially on Sunday Night Football. These two teams are quite familiar with each other over the last few years and Seattle has gotten the best of Minnesota more often than not. In the last three meetings between these two teams, they have combined for a final score of 22-15. That won’t be the case tonight. We get to see a loaded receiving core of Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, DK Metcalf, and Tyler Lockett all take on opposing secondary players that they should dominate. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks Matchup Page.
Date: Sunday, October 11th, 2020
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
TV Coverage: NBC
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Minnesota Vikings: Eric Kendricks (Q), Olu Udoh (Q), Holton Hill (Q), Kris Boyd (Q), Adam Thielen (P)
Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Dunbar (Q), Will Dissly (Q), Shaquill Griffin (Q), Chris Carson (P), KJ Wright (P), Carlos Hyde (Q), Jamal Adams (O), Jordyn Brooks (O)
Minnesota Vikings Analysis
Minnesota is coming off a win against Houston where they dominated on the ground with Dalvin Cook. He had 27 carries for 130 yards and two scores. Kirk Cousins played well throwing for 260 yards and a score on just 22 attempts. We also saw Justin Jefferson surpass the 100-yard mark again and Adam Thielen also had an 8-114-1 line. The defense did give up another 300-yard performance but did clamp down on David Johnson and the run game. This will be a much tougher task this week. Minnesota’s offense continues to play at a slow pace and they rank 32nd in pass attempts and completions and 30th in plays. Minnesota has done well on the ground and despite having a lot of negative game flows for Cook, yet he has 423 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Alexander Mattison also has 107 yards on 24 attempts and it is too bad the defense took a major step backward this year.
As mentioned below the Seahawks run defense has held opposing running backs to just 3.4 yards per attempt. I look at this rather than total yards because there have been plenty of games where teams have to throw more because Seattle is putting up monster points. The Seahawks have also allowed over 1,600 passing yards this season and that will give this offense a chance to have another big week through the air. Jefferson has really come into his own over the last two games and that WR2 job was always going to be his but now he is producing like a WR2. While Diggs is thriving in Buffalo, Jefferson has quickly masked that need.
Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
Russell Wilson is coming off another 300+ yard game and he also added two scores. It wasn’t quite as clean as their first few performances but the offense continues to move the ball. Chris Carson bounced back with a 16-80-2 line on the ground. Carlos Hyde was inactive and we saw Travis Homer a bit more behind him. DK Metcalf posted another 100+ yard game but it was David Moore and Homer who got the touchdowns. Tyler Lockett was only targeted four times after this three-touchdown performance. Seattle ranks 2nd in points this season and top five in yards and touchdowns despite ranking 20th in pass attempts. Are they letting Russ cook or is he just doing what he usually does with some added efficiency? It certainly seems like the latter.
The matchups in this one couldn’t be much better for Seattle’s wideouts. Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf will see a lot of Cameron Dantzler and Mike Hughes. This is an inexperienced group even with Anthony Harris and Harrison Smith back there trying to cover. Minnesota has allowed 135 rushing yards per game this season and over 500 yards on the ground. Carson should be able to have a strong game this week.
Seattle Seahawks Depth Chart
Betting Corner: Seahawks -7
Spread: SEA -7
Moneyline: MIN +260 / SEA -310
Seattle is 4-0 ATS this season and no surprise to see the over 3-1 as well with how they have been playing on both sides of the ball. For Minnesota, they are 2-2 ATS this season and 3-1 on the over. Oddsmakers have put this one at 57.5, which is an absurd number when you think about it as that means both teams are scoring nearly 30 points, or one team will put up 40+ points. With the talent at the wide receiver position and these two quarterbacks, well Wilson being elite, and Cousins being decent if he shows up, I can see a big shootout style game. I like Seattle to cover here. This offense should be able to push ahead pretty easily and get out to a double-digit lead, and the Vikings covering means I would have to trust Kirk Cousins. No reason to not just bank on Wilson putting up a crooked number and the Seahawks defense making at least one or two big plays to keep this game out of reach for Minnesota late in the game.
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Daily Fantasy Picks
It is unfortunate this game isn’t on any of the main slates, although it is on a couple of primetime, or all-week slates, and then of course the showdown slates. Russell Wilson is obviously the top quarterback right now and he will get a Vikings defense that is allowing 305 yards per game so far this season. Wilson is putting up monster numbers as the QB1 in fantasy so far and projects for 25 fantasy points. As far as his wide receivers go, Tyler Locket and DK Metcalf are the two main options and the Vikings defense is allowing 1.75 touchdowns per game to opposing wide receivers this season and over 35 fantasy points per game. You can also look at David Moore as a contrarian option who doesn’t see as much volume but is a deep threat who can hit on that home run play at any time. Chris Carson is an intriguing spin away from the passing game a bit as he has played well and gets a Vikings defense allowing 152 rushing yards per game this season.
The Seahawks run defense hasn’t been bad this season as it has been the secondary that has struggled. Dalvin is in a tough spot but the touchdown potential is still rather high but that upside is a bit capped. I am looking at Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson who face a Seattle secondary that has allowed 337 yards per game to opposing wide receivers.