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Here's our expert handicapper Ben Rolfe's betting picks for Monday Night Football!

What a cracker of a Monday Night Football contest we have on offer in the NFL this week. Two teams right in the thick of the playoff conversation in the NFC go head to head as the Seattle Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings. With both teams still in contention for their divisions, first-round byes, and even the number one seed, this game should be an absolute cracker in Seattle.

Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks

CenturyLink Field, 8:15pm ET Monday December 2nd, 2019

1u – Minnesota Vikings +3 @ -117

  • Per Statschecker, the Seattle Seahawks are 1-4 ATS at home
  • The Minnesota Vikings rank fifth in the league in points against

This game is going to be extremely tight and I could really see any result. The Vikings defense is not as good as it used to be, but it is not going to get boat raced. Their offense is more than good enough to hang around in any game, but two of their losses this year have come by five or more. Meanwhile the Seahawks are the kings of the close game. Their 8-2 record includes an 8-1 record in one score games. On one hand that screams regression over the second half, however, at some point being consistent in these close games is not luck. That is why I cannot go against the Seahawks on the money line, especially given Kirk Cousins has never won on Monday Night Football. In a monster prime time game in Seattle he will also have to overcome the crowd. If he cannot handle that then this game could be ugly. However, we saw him handle a road game in prime time a couple of weeks ago, so I am going to trust him here.

1u – Total Points Over 49.5 Points @ -107

  • The Seahawks average 26.5 points per game and the Vikings 26.3
  • Both teams have been involved in a number of high scoring games in the last three weeks

This is another tough call because prime time games between playoff teams can often be cagey affairs. However, both of these offenses are more than capable of putting up points and neither defense is overly convincing. This game has a feeling of a cagey first quarter followed by plenty of points in the last three quarters of the game.

By Ben Rolfe

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Ben is a football guru with years of experience covering the NFL. You can always count on Ben to pick a winner on Sunday!


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