The Minnesota Vikings aim for an elusive victory when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Minnesota has opened the 2021 NFL season with an 0-2 record, losing back-to-back road games. The Vikings will return home for their Week 3 battle, though Minnesota can take solace from an impressive offense and narrow margins of defeat in both losses. Seattle is 1-1 this season, defeating the Indianapolis Colts and falling to the Tennessee Titans.
Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET in Minneapolis. Caesars Sportsbook lists Seattle as a two-point road favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 54 in the latest Seahawks vs. Vikings odds. Before locking in any Vikings vs. Seahawks picks, make sure you check out the latest NFL predictions and analysis from SportsLine's proven computer projection model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Seahawks vs. Vikings on Sunday and just revealed its picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's Vikings vs. Seahawks picks. Here are the NFL odds and betting trends for Vikings vs. Seahawks:
- Seahawks vs. Vikings spread: Seahawks -2
- Seahawks vs. Vikings over-under: 54 points
- Seahawks vs. Vikings money line: Seahawks -130, Vikings +110
- SEA: Seahawks are 3-6 against the spread in their last nine road games
- MIN: Vikings are 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games
Why the Seahawks can cover
Seattle's offense is dynamic, headlined by Russell Wilson. Wilson is a perennial Pro Bowl quarterback and currently leads the NFL in passer rating (146.9) and yards per attempt (11.1). Wilson is a top-four quarterback in passing touchdowns (six), with a top-five mark in completion rate (74.1 percent) and nearly 300 passing yards per game. Wilson has a pair of standout wide receivers in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, with Lockett currently sitting at No. 2 in the NFL with 278 receiving yards.
As a team, the Seahawks are averaging 29 points per game, a top-10 figure, and are No. 6 in points per drive (2.68). Seattle has only one turnover in two games and is a top-10 club in yards per pass attempt and yards per rush attempt. Given that the Vikings are currently a bottom-10 unit in total defense, passing defense, scoring defense and yards per pass attempt allowed, there is every reason to think Seattle will move the ball effectively.
Why the Vikings can cover
Offense has been the calling for Minnesota this season, but the Vikings do have some bright spots defensively. The Vikings are No. 2 in the NFL in third down efficiency allowed at 26.1 percent, and they have standouts in Danielle Hunter and Eric Kendricks. Kendricks is No. 2 in the NFL in tackles (26), with Hunter sitting at No. 2 in sacks (four).
On the other side, Minnesota has only one turnover this season, including zero interceptions from Kirk Cousins at the quarterback spot, and they are averaging 5.0 yards per carry on the ground. Minnesota is averaging 122 rushing yards per game this season, and Seattle is allowing 162.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks 30th in the league. The Seahawks are 29th in total defense, yielding 434 yards per game, and no team in the NFL has allowed more first downs (56) than Seattle has through two weeks.
How to make Vikings vs. Seahawks picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 52 points. It also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's Seahawks vs. Vikings picks at SportsLine.
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