Wild Card #3: Seahawks at Vikings NFL Betting SU
The playoffs are a different animal than the regular season, and no one knows that better than the Seattle Seahawks. The NFL betting postseason seems to be a time when they have found a new gear the past two seasons, winning Super Bowl XLVIII and sitting on the edge of a win in Super Bowl XLIX last year until they mysteriously decided to throw a quick slant instead of giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch for that game-sealing touchdown against the New England Patriots.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) January 6, 2016
Now that the playoffs leading to Super Bowl 50 are about to begin, it’s hard not to like the Seahawks to make that run again, and the first obstacle in their way is the Minnesota Vikings. It’s true that the game is in Minnesota, as the Vikings won their division while the Seahawks finished well behind the Arizona Cardinals in the standings. However, it’s also true that the Seahawks have been dominant down the stretch.
One particularly dominant game actually took place in Minnesota, as the Seahawks walloped the Vikings 38-7 on December 6. That was easily the Vikings’ worst performance of the season. The Vikings did right the ship, winning their last three games, including a 20-13 victory in Green Bay to secure the NFC North title. However, they may have won that game only to find themselves in a particularly deep playoff hole with the Seahawks coming to town.
After all, the Seahawks were even more dominant as the season came to a close, winning six of their last seven SU and ATS. Their Week 17 win was much more emphatic as well, as they went to Arizona and routed the Cardinals, 36-6. You might be tempted to think that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sat his starters knowing that he had a first-round bye locked up, but that simply was not the case, as his starters were on the field — but were ineffective against the Seahawks’ attack.
The Vikings have simply not been able to do anything against Seattle in recent years, losing their last three meetings both SU and ATS. The Seahawks have become masters of the wild card game, winning their last four appearances. It’s difficult to see the Vikings reversing that trend this week.
NFL Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction
Adding Adrian Peterson to an already talented Vikings offense was the key in helping Minnesota win the division this season. I don’t think that the Vikings will be as easy for the Seahawks to beat as they were on December 6. However, I don’t think that the Vikings will be able to knock off a Seattle team that is several levels above the Packer team that the Vikings held off last week. I’m picking the Seahawks to win this game, 31-20.