Monday Night Football: Week 13 Preview, MIN at SEA

For Monday Night Football on ESPN, we get a heated battle between juggernauts with playoff seeding on the line! Week 13 between the Vikings and Seahawks could determine how things shake out in the NFC this coming January.

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks

CenturyLink Field

Seattle, WA

Betting

One of the best betting trends in all of sports is the Seahawks covering the spread in primetime. Combine that with the fact we have primetime Kirk Cousins tonight, I like the Seahawks chances of covering the -3.0 (-110) spread. Cousins has a track record of underperforming under the bright lights AND against good teams. With the Vikings and Seahawks both scoring quite handsomely as of late, I can the total going OVER 48.5 (-105). Even with the expected struggles that the Vikings will show, I can see both teams move down the field with slight ease. Some props to consider include DK Metcalf anytime TD (+115) and Rashaad Penny OVER 30.5 rushing yards (-125). Metcalf has been the #1 RedZone receiver in terms of targets which bounds well for some positive regression. As for Penny, he flashed his talent once again last week and Carson continues to struggle with ball control.

Russell Wilson via Mike Morris for Monday Night Football
Russell Wilson via Mike Morris

Injuries

The Seahawks have a few guys listed as questionable for Monday Night Football that could swing the outcome. Even though the Vikings will be without their top receiver once again.

Since Adam Theilen was ruled out yesterday, it doesn’t bode well for his chances next week. As for Jadeveon Clowney, his hip injury is going to bother him for the rest of the season but he wants to tough it out. Other names to note for the Seahawks include Luke Wilson, Jarron Reed, and the doubtful to play Mychal Kendricks.

For the Vikings, 5/11 of their defense is either OUT or questionable. With 3 interior linemen questionable, an absence of Linval Joseph and Shamar Stephen could open running lanes for the run-happy Seahawks. On the backend, both safeties Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris are questionable which makes Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf even better fantasy options.

Harrison Smith via Jeffrey Beall for Monday Night Football
Harrison Smith via Jeffrey Beall

Seahawks Offense vs. Vikings Defense

On paper, these teams are a solid matchup for Monday Night Football. They score similarily while also generating and allowing similar yardage. Russell Wilson is playing at an MVP level and it allows everyone on the offense to reap the benefits. His wideouts, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, are both generating record numbers when targeting by Wilson in different aspects of the offense. This is set up by Seahawks persistence to hand the ball off to Chris Carson and now Rashaad Penny. With 6 fumbles to his credit, Carson is going to take on fewer snaps and allow Penny to see the field more often. Despite the Vikings allowing only around 100 yards on the ground per game, I can see the combination of Penny, Carson, and Wilson exceeding that mark tonight. As stated earlier, the health of the Vikings safeties will determine how successful the Seahawks wideouts will truly be.

Chris Carson via Jeffrey Beall for Monday Night Football
Chris Carson via Jeffrey Beall

Vikings Offense vs. Seahawks Defense

The basis of the Vikings offense starts with Dalvin Cook. Finally healthy and excelling, Cook is looking like the stunning prospect we all thought he was going to be coming out of FSU. Once Cook gets going, teams have no choice but to force the Vikings to beat them with someone else. When that happens, enter Stefon Diggs into the equation. Normally Diggs would be accompanied by Adam Theilen but the latter has missed multiple weeks with an injury. Diggs is one of those receivers that could just as easily have a 150+ yard day as a sub-50 yard day. If the Seahawks can disrupt Diggs enough on the line of scrimmage with Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers, Kirk Cousins will be forced to throw to the likes of Bisi Johnson and Kyle Rudolph. The health of pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney will probably have the most impact on this game of anything. 

Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen via Keith Allison for Monday Night Football
Stefon Diggs and Adam Theilen via Keith Allison

Predictions:

Vikings: 24

Seahawks: 28

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Dalvin Cook

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Josh Gordon

Better Fantasy QB: Russell Wilson

Best Fantasy RB: Dalvin Cook

Best Fantasy WR: Tyler Lockett

Better Fantasy TE: Irv Smith Jr.

Better Fantasy D/ST: Seahawks

Conclusion

Who do you think wins tonight on Monday Night Football? Will either of these teams make the push to win their division or even the conference? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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