Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Matchup Preview (9/26/21): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Matchup Preview (9/26/21)
Week 2 of the NFL season was full of exciting matchups. However, two of the most enthralling games were between the Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks. The games ended in heartbreak for the Vikings and Seahawks, with the Vikings missing a field goal to drop the game 34-33 to the Cardinals and the Seahawks losing in overtime 33-30 to the Titans after scoring only six points in the second half. Now, both teams get a chance to rebound when they face off this Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.
Both squads have been humming offensively so far this season, with the Vikings averaging 411 yards per game and the Seahawks averaging 389 yards per game. Watching these two NFC competitors duke it out might end in a major point total. With the Vikings desperately attempting to avoid an 0-3 start and the Seahawks hoping to bounce back with a respectable 2-1 record, let’s take a look at what you should expect this Sunday when the two teams face off.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Odds
It feels like I just spent six paragraphs talking about the exact same team. Coming off a close loss, great offense, porous defense, needs a win here. The outcome of this game will determine much of the rest of the season. Starting 0-3 would be devastating for the Vikings, as only a handful of teams have made the playoffs in the past few decades after such a start. If the Seahawks start 1-2, they’ll have a tough time competing with fellow NFC West teams in the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals. Something’s gotta give.
The X-factor in this game will be Dalvin Cook. The running back is coming off a strong showing against the Cardinals and, despite dealing with an ankle injury, should put up some big yards against the Hawks. At the very least, he’ll distract the Seattle defense enough for the passing game to succeed. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill just put up 347 yards on the team after all. We saw what a talented (and balanced) offense can do against the Seahawks last week, and I just can’t see the team making enough adjustments to come away with a W. Take the Vikings moneyline and expect the scoreboard to be busy this Sunday.
My predictions: Vikings win 31-28, Vikings moneyline, over 55 points
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Date: Sunday, September 26
Time: 4:25PM ET
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MI
TV Coverage: FOX
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Live Stream
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Seattle Seahawks: WR Freddie Swain (back) Q, WR Dee Eskridge (concussion) Q, RB Rashaad Penny (calf) Q, OT Brandon Shell (ankle) Q
Minnesota Vikings: DE Everson Griffen (concussion) Q, CB Bashaud Breeland (back/shoulder) Q, LB Anthony Barr (knee) Q, LB Eric Kendricks (hip) Q, RB Dalvin Cook (ankle) Q, RB Kene Nwangwu (knee) IR
Seattle Seahawks Analysis
Last Sunday, the Seahawks led the Titans by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and lost in overtime. The team only managed to score once in the second half at all, a 68-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Freddie Swain, followed by a missed extra point. For a team that seemed to be scoring at will earlier in the game, this seemed like an uncharacteristic way to finish out the match.
Letting Russell Wilson do his thing is well and good, but they need to be more balanced in their offensive attack. In Week 1 against the Colts, RB Chris Carson amassed 91 yards with a 5.7 average. Although he scored two short TDs in the game against the Titans, he finished with just 31 yards and a 2.4 average. The Titans aren’t exactly known for their defensive prowess and stuffed Carson last week. The team will need to make a few running game adjustments if they want the offense to be the force we saw against the Colts.
No matter what the offense does, this team is missing the playoffs if their defense doesn’t get to work. They’re barely floating above the bottom of the league, allowing 434 yards per game. The Legion of Boom seems like such a distant memory. The team simply couldn’t find an answer for RB Derrick Henry last week, with the Titans star gouging them for 182 yards and three touchdowns. This week, they face Dalvin Cook, another top NFL running back. Things could get ugly.
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Minnesota Vikings Analysis
What is it about the Vikings and heartbreaking losses? We’re not too far removed from the Brett Favre-led Vikings narrowly losing to the Saints in the NFC Championship and the infamous Blair Walsh missed field goal in the playoffs that ended the Vikings’ hope at a deep run in the 2015 season playoffs. Well, add in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals to that list, as the Vikings led 20-7 at one point in the matchup. A missed extra point and last-second missed field goal were extra salt in the wound. Whether they’re feeling discouraged by starting the season with two tough losses or determined to turn things around, these Vikings need to start winning close games.
While he may get plenty of criticism for his huge contract and vaccine status, Kirk Cousins performs on Sundays. In two games this season, he’s thrown for 595 and five touchdowns without a pick. He’s also been successfully spreading the ball around, with WRs Adam Thielen, Justin Jefferson, and KJ Osborn combining for 38 catches for 434 yards and five touchdowns. RB Dalvin Cook has also come back into his 2020 form, breaking out for 131 yards and a 6-yard average after a disappointing Week 1 that saw a crucial fumble.
Although the offense is firing on all cylinders, the defense needs to step up if Minnesota wants to win these close games. The squad currently ranks 28th in the league in team defense, allowing 420 yards per game. They’re also allowing 30.5 points per game. Kirk Cousins and the offense can only put up 30-plus points so many times. The defense ranked towards the bottom of the league last year, resulting in the team staying home from the playoffs. If Minnesota doesn’t make adjustments, 2021 will be no different.
Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings Daily Fantasy Picks
One of the best values I see on the board is KJ Osborn. The Vikings WR is only listed at $3,500 on DraftKings right now after a 91-yard game, complete with five catches and a touchdown. He’s an entire $1,000 cheaper than Cardinals WR AJ Green while nearly doubling his fantasy points per game. In a game with plenty of expected offensive firepower, take Osborn as a WR2 or FLEX player.