SNF Week 5: Vikings vs. Seahawks odds, preview & prediction

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October 8th, 2020

The Minnesota Vikings (1-3) handled the hapless Texans for their first win of the season in Week 4, but will they be able to keep up with a solid Seattle Seahawks (4-0) squad on Sunday night? Here’s our betting preview for this primetime affair beginning at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.

Mon, October 12 2020, 12:20 AM

Seattle Seahawks






O 57

Minnesota Vikings






U 57

Wilson, Seahawks running wild on offense

Only the Packers have produced more points per game (38) than the Seahawks (35.5) through four weeks. Quarterback Russell Wilson has been the catalyst for the third-ranked offense by yards per game in the NFL. He leads all eligible passers in completion percentage (75.2) and yards per attempt (9.4) while sporting a 16-2 touchdown-interception ratio.

Seattle’s defense should stymie Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook, the NFL’s leading rusher through four games (424 yards), has given Vikings fans a glimmer of hope in 2020. He’s accounted for six TDs this season – the most of any running back in the NFL – but could have a hard time establishing himself in this one. Seattle boasts one of the league’s best rush defenses, ranking third with just 75.8 yards allowed per game.

Vikings and Seahawks statistics

TeamPassing YardsRushing YardsPassing Yards AllowedRushing Yards Allowed
Minnesota Vikings
207.3 (26th)
150.5 (5th)
291.8 (29th)
134.8 (24th)
Seattle Seahawks
303.0 (3rd)
113.5 (17th)
401.0 (32nd)
75.8 (3rd)

Can Cousins keep up with Wilson?

If Cook struggles on the ground, quarterback Kirk Cousins could find himself in an unenviable spot trying to lead his team back into the game through the air. He’s currently 26th in the NFL in passer rating (85.5).

Both teams dealing with injuries in the secondary

Sensational Seahawks safety Jamal Adams has been ruled out for Sunday’s game with a groin injury, while Vikings cornerback Kris Boyd is questionable with a hamstring injury.

Will the Seahawks remain undefeated against the Vikings on Sunday night?

The trends favor the Seahawks

The Seahawks has covered in four straight games to start the 2020 campaign and are 6-1-1 against the spread in their last eight games as the favorite. The Vikings are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games as an underdog, and 6-15 against the spread in their last 21 games when facing teams with winning records.

Predicted Final Score: Seahawks 30, Vikings 20

NFL pick: Seahawks -7