This week’s Sunday night matchup will take place from CenturyLink Field in Seattle where the undefeated Seahawks will host the 1-3 Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are coming off their first win of the season over the Houston Texans last Sunday where they looked dominant throughout the contest.
The Seahawks are 7-point favorites with the moneyline for Seattle being set at -330 and Minnesota’s coming in at +265. The over/under for the contest is 56.5.
Finally in the Win Column
You can’t win a championship in the first four weeks of the season, but you can definitely lose one. Minnesota is riding high off their first victory last week and they should be breathing a sigh of relief. With the Packers and Bears getting off to hot starts, the gap for the NFC North Division lead is growing rapidly so last week’s victory was huge for the Vikings.
The Vikings have shown their ability to play solid football at times this season. Their issue has been consistency, turnovers, and not being able to put together a full 60 minutes of play.
They didn’t have this issue on Sunday though as they were able to hold off the Texans, who were down one score with just under 6 minutes to play. Kirk Cousins has had an awful start to 2020 throwing six interceptions in the first three games. He didn’t do anything spectacular Sunday, but he didn’t give the Texans any extra opportunities with turnovers for the first time this year.
Kirk Cousins is a game manager and he was successful in that role Sunday. This allowed Dalvin Cook to steal the show and have a 130-yard performance on the ground. When Cook is hot, this is a completely different football team.
The Seahawks are always competitive and big reason for that is because of the culture Pete Carroll has instilled in the Seattle locker room. Good teams win because each unit steps up when needed and that’s exactly what the Seahawks did on Sunday in their win over Miami.
Russell Wilson has been on a tear, but his production slowed down a little against the Dolphins last week. He still threw for 360 yards, but his performance wasn’t like it had been in the first three weeks. Despite this, he made some key plays to put his team in a position to win.
The Seattle defense was the real story of the afternoon. They bended, but they didn’t break and forced Ryan Fitzpatrick into two interceptions which helped make the difference in the contest.
After four weeks, there seems to be a feeling around the league that the 2020 Seahawks could be special and a home primetime matchup is just another reason that the streets of Seattle are buzzing.
In order for Minnesota to have any chance Sunday, they need to establish the ground game. Cook has been great the past two weeks with a combined 321 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns.
Kirk Cousins can’t afford to make one mistake. He has to be great in the short and intermediate passing game and hopefully get lucky with a shot to Adam Thielen down the field to get momentum on their side.
I don’t think the odds of this happening are great because Minnesota is not nearly as good as Seattle anywhere on the field. The Seahawks haven’t started 4-0 since 2013 when they went on to win the Super Bowl so there is definitely a lot of excitement in Seattle right now.
The Vikings can’t play with Seattle and they’ll need a miracle from the football gods to get a win that I don’t think will be granted Sunday night. The Seahawks will take this one without breaking a sweat.
I’m taking Seattle at -7 and over 56.5.