The Seattle Seahawks take on the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 1:00 PM. ET.
Last week, the Seahawks won a shootout against the Packers. Russell Wilson threw for 345 yards and five touchdowns on the afternoon. Wilson also added 14 yards rushing on four attempts. Seattle, without Marshawn Lynch, inserted Thomas Rawls as the number one back. In week 12, Rawls rushed for 81 yards on 21 attempts for one touchdown.
In week 12, the Vikings bounced back and defeated the Atlanta Falcons on the road. Teddy Bridgewater threw for only 174 yards with one interception. Thanks to Adrian Peterson’s efforts, the Vikings dominated on the ground. Peterson rushed for 158 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns.
Against the Packers, the Seahawks lost Jimmy Graham to a season ending injury. Graham saw eight targets in the game, tied with Doug Baldwin for most targets in week 12. The Seahawks acquired Graham in the offseason from the New Orleans Saints. The Seahawks offense was never able to fully incorporate Grahams skill set in the red zone. Prior to this season, Graham averaged 10 touchdowns per season. This year, Graham finished with two. His two receiving touchdowns is lowest total of his career.
The Vikings success this season is due largely in part to their defense and their running game. Because the Vikings offense has relied on Peterson so much, it has left Bridgewater as a mere facilitator. For the season, Bridgewater has only one multiple passing touchdown performance. That two touchdown day came back in week seven. Bridgewater has thrown only eight touchdowns this season to seven interceptions.
A player to watch in week 13 for the Seahawks is Jermaine Kearse. In Seattle’s offense, the number one option is Doug Baldwin. Last week, Baldwin had 145 yards receiving on six receptions for three touchdowns. He tied for the team lead in target with Jimmy Graham. With Graham out of the lineup, Kearse will need to step up and become that number two option for Wilson. Against the Packers, Wilson targeted Kearse five times. But, he made the most of his targets. Despite a mere 45 receiving yards on four receptions, Kearse hauled in two touchdowns on the afternoon. On the season, Kearse has 29 receptions for 429 yards. His numbers this season are in line with his previous years. Look for his targets to increase in the final weeks.
A player to watch in week 13 for the Vikings is Kyle Rudolph. The Minnesota offense is a run first pass second style. As the season rolls into the final weeks, however, defenses are going to start keying in on Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota rushing attack. If the Vikings have any hope of winning the NFC North and making waves in the playoffs, then Teddy Bridgewater needs to get vertical. Their best receiver is Stefon Diggs, a rookie out of Maryland. On the season, Diggs’ has 604 yards on 40 receptions and two touchdowns. Bridgewater, however, needs to utilize size more. And, at 6’6”, Kyle Rudolph is a huge target. If the Vikings can flex Rudolph out wide and create matchup problems with linebackers in coverage, then Bridgewater will have another viable offensive option. Rudolph this season has 341 yards on 36 receptions and four touchdowns. Bridgewater needs to find a way to connect in the red zone more with his tight end and fast.
Vikings Vs Seahawks Betting Lines
The Minnesota Vikings have a solid pass defense and the Seattle Seahawks have a solid run defense. Both teams have a top ten defense. If both Minnesota and Seattle take away the others’ strength, then the question becomes, can Teddy Bridgewater beat the Seahawks throwing the ball? History says no. Expect the Seahawks to win on the road.
Play: Seahawks -1 @ BetOnline.ag