Minnesota Vikings vs. Seattle Seahawks Same-Game Parlay Picks
Fans of the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings can each bicker about which team's loss was worse last week as they head into their Week 3 matchup. Seattle blew a 24-9 halftime lead and lost in overtime to the Titans, while the Vikings had a chance to upset Arizona on the road but missed a chip-shot field goal. Fortunately for Seattle, they only have the one excruciating loss, while Minnesota is 0-2 as they lost in overtime in Week 1. Will the Vikings playing at home in their home opener be the remedy they need to get past the first two weeks of heartbreak?
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll added a bit of controversy to last week's loss, suggesting that quarterback Russell Wilson "could have helped [them] out" more in their overtime possession. Carroll was critical of Wilson for taking two deep shots on their only overtime drive when they were backed up on their 12-yard line and cited the need for a couple of completions to at least change the field position. Will Wilson take those comments as a slight, and will that affect the team's preparation for this week?
Whatever Seattle practices throughout the week, it would best serve them to do defensive drills that shore up their run defense. The Seahawks were gashed for 182 yards on the ground by Derrick Henry and now rank 29th in the league, allowing 162.5 rushing yards per game.
If one were to tell someone in the Vikings organization that they would score 57 points through their first two road games, they would likely feel confident that they walked out of those two games with at least one win. Alas, the Vikings sit at 0-2 in part because of a shaky kicking game, and in larger part, a leaky defense. Minnesota's secondary allowed Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray to complete six-of-seven passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns on throws 15-or-more yards downfield last week. Russell Wilson already has touchdown passes of 23, 69, and 63 yards to Tyler Lockett, so do not think the duo isn't licking their chops to face the Vikings' defense.
After those two heartbreaking defeats, Minnesota is a couple of plays away from being 2-0, and we think they are massively undervalued this week. The Vikings are 0-6 in their last six September games but should be buoyed by their home crowd to play inspired football for the first time this season.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings 2-Leg Same Game Parlay @ -125: $50 wager wins $90
- Same Game Parlay Leg 1: Minnesota Vikings +7.5 (Alternate Spread)
- Same Game Parlay Leg 2: Under 64.5 (Alternate Total Points)
The fact that we are only paying juice of -125 with this same-game parlay is enticing given that we are moving the spread and total by a combined 16 points. We do not feel Minnesota will lose their home opener by more than a touchdown and think this game may be much lower-scoring than the experts predict.
At the end of the day, the Seahawks and Vikings are two teams built on running the football. Minnesota's game plan will be to pound Dalvin Cook (assuming he is healthy and plays) like Tennessee attacked Seattle with Derrick Henry. Cook has totaled 192 yards on the ground and an extra 60 receiving, so head coach Mike Zimmer would be foolish not to make him the offense's centerpiece this week.
As evidenced by the under cashing in four of their last five road games, Seattle tends to play lower-scoring games on the road. In addition, the under is 5-2 in Minnesota's last seven games as a home underdog and is 4-1 in the previous five meetings in Minnesota between these teams. Therefore, while this game has the potential to be high-scoring, it should not exceed the lofty alternate total of 64.5. However, the reason for moving this total up and taking the under as opposed to lowering the total and going over is the potential for Seattle's defense to wreck Minnesota's run-first game plan, much like they did to the Colts in Week 1.