Vikings vs. Seahawks odds, predictions: 2019 Preseason Week 2 NFL picks from expert who's 24-6 on Minnesota games
R.J. White has locked in his picks for Sunday's exhibition matchup between the Vikings and Seahawks.
The 2019 NFL preseason continues on Sunday night as the Minnesota Vikings take on the Seattle Seahawks. The two sides famously went head-to-head in the third-coldest game in NFL history, a Wild Card matchup on Jan. 10, 2016 that Seattle won thanks to a missed 27-yard field goal by Blair Walsh. The Seahawks and Vikings also met in a 2018 regular-season game that Seattle won 21-7 last December. There will be considerably less at stake when they kick off at 8 p.m. ET in U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday in Week 2 of the preseason, but there's already been plenty of action in Vegas. The Vikings are three-point favorites after the line opened at 4.5, while the over-under is 41 in the latest Vikings vs. Seahawks odds, down from 41.5. Before you make your NFL preseason predictions, see the Vikings vs. Seahawks picks from SportsLine's No. 1 NFL handicapper, R.J. White.
White has been SportsLine's top pro football analyst for two-plus seasons. Over that span, the CBS Sports NFL editor and nationally recognized NFL Draft expert has gone 214-164 on NFL picks against the spread, returning more than $3,200 to $100 bettors.
White was all over the Patriots covering in the 2019 Super Bowl, nailing the year's biggest sporting event for the legions that follow him. White said he wouldn't trust Rams QB Jared Goff in a big spot, and Goff's bumbling performance was key to New England's 13-3 win.
The stats guru, whose picks are coveted by fans everywhere, has cashed huge in the world's most prestigious handicapping tournament, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, twice in the past four years. What's more, White has a record of 24-6 in his last 30 spread picks involving the Vikings. Anyone who has followed him is way up. Now, White has broken down Vikings vs. Seahawks from every angle and revealed his strong against the spread pick over at SportsLine.
White knows that on Sunday, the Vikings will be looking to build on a superb overall team performance on offense last week against the Saints. Minnesota put up 460 yards against New Orleans and will hope that serious competition at many positions on that side of the ball will continue to raise the level of play.
Seventh round pick Olabisi Johnson continues to impress. The 22-year-old out of Colorado State caught two passes for 35 yards and a score last week. Meanwhile, running backs Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison have their spots locked up, but Mike Boone, Khari Blasingame and Ameer Abdullah are all battling for spots. That trio combined for 161 yards from scrimmage and two scores last week. If the Vikings continue to get inspired play from roster hopefuls, they'll be tough to beat on Sunday.
Just because the Vikings' offense is off to a fast start doesn't mean Minnesota is guaranteed to cover the Vikings vs. Seahawks spread on Sunday night.
White also knows that Seattle was able to hold the Broncos to 14 points in their preseason opener, largely because the Seahawks were able to disrupt up front with three sacks, eight quarterback hits and six tackles for loss. Jacob Martin and Barkevious Mingo both had a sack and two quarterback hits. Look for the intensity level to remain high with both players fighting to secure a spot on the 53-man roster as edge rushers.
Offensively, Lynch may have an opportunity to capitalize if Smith is unable to play after having a cyst removed from his knee. Lynch was 11-of-15 for 109 yards and a score, with 38 yards on four carries and a rushing touchdown against the Broncos, the team that drafted him in the first round back in 2016.
We can tell you White is leaning under, but he's also identified a critical x-factor that's made him jump all over one side of the spread. He's only sharing that pick over at SportsLine.
Who wins Vikings vs. Seahawks? And what critical x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Seahawks vs. Vikings spread you should jump on Sunday, all from the top NFL expert who's 24-6 on Minnesota games, and find out.
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