Wild Card #3: Seahawks at Vikings NFL Betting Total
The Seattle Seahawks currently carry the #6 seed in the NFC playoffs, and they will enter TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to face the Minnesota Vikings, who have the #3 seed as the NFC North champions, this Sunday at 1:05pm Eastern time. However, it is the Seahawks who are the heavy NFL betting favorite, coming in picked to win by six points, and the over/under total is 41 points.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 6, 2016
The most glaring reason for this line is the matchup between the two teams that took place on December 6. The Vikings welcomed the Seahawks to town on that occasion, only to fall to Seattle in a rout, 38-7, in the Vikings’ worst effort of the season. Overall, of course, the Vikings had a terrific season, going 11-5 SU (13-3 ATS). They also finished well, going 3-0 SU and ATS. However, that rout has worn its way into the memory of bettors — and into the memory of the Vikings and Seahawks too.
Another reason, of course, is the performance that the Seahawks delivered in Week 17, going down to Arizona and delivering a 36-6 beating to the #2 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Cardinals did not rest their starters; rather, the Seahawks simply ran roughshod over the Cards from start to finish.
The Seahawks finished on an even more dominant run than the Vikings, going 6-1 SU and ATS in their last seven contests. In their last three meetings with Minnesota, Seattle is 3-0 both SU and ATS. Seattle has also won four consecutive wild card playoff games.
On the other hand, it’s also true that the Vikings are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games as the underdog — and they are 4-6 SU. One of those wins came in Week 17, when the Vikings emerged from Lambeau Field as a winner over the Green Bay Packers, as an Aaron Rodgers bomb that would have tied the game was knocked to the turf by a Vikings defense that apparently knows how to defend the Hail Mary better than Detroit.
However, that win probably brought Minnesota a tougher playoff opponent. Even though the Packers lost, they get to play the Washington Redskins in the wild card round, arguably an easier win, even on the road, than hosting the Seahawks would be.
NFL Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Vikings have had a great season, finally knocking the Packers out of the champions’ seat in the NFC North. However, they face a Seattle team that is peaking at the right time and has advanced to the Super Bowl two years in a row. I like the Seahawks to win and cover, 31-20.