Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings Week 3 Predictions and Picks: Against the Spread, Total, and Props

Both the Vikings and Seahawks are coming off losses in Week 2. Matt O'Leary gives his pick in the Week 3 matchup.
Matt O'Leary
Fri, September 24, 6:54 AM EDT

Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings Week 3 Predictions and Picks: Against the Spread, Total, and Props

In Week 3, both the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings are coming off tough losses. For Seattle, they gave up 14 points in the fourth quarter in order for the Tennessee Titans to come back and tie the game to force overtime.

Randy Bullock hit a game-winning field goal for Tennessee for them to steal the road win. As for Minnesota, they lost a crusher 34-33 against the Cardinals. It was a back and forth contest but ultimately a Matt Prater field goal late in the fourth won it for Arizona.

So with both of these teams suffering a heartbreaker, who can bounce back and get into the win column in Week 3?

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Seahawks vs Vikings Odds

Through two games, Russell Wilson has been stellar. He’s averaging 298.5 yards per game and has six passing touchdowns to no interceptions with a yards per attempt over 11. He does this every year, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see him put up monster numbers.

Right now defensively they’ve just been a disaster. They can’t stop the run allowing 325 yards (the second-most yards allowed in the league for teams who have played two games) and three touchdowns.

Going up against Dalvin Cook sounds like a matchup nightmare for Seattle after struggling against Derrick Henry the week prior. Herny went for 182 yards and three scores on the ground in the upset win on the road.

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Seahawks vs Vikings Odds

It’s been the same story as last year for the Vikings through two games in 2021. Their offense is good, ranking top-10 in points for and yards but defensively they’re just awful. They’re 27th in the league in points allowed and 28th in yards allowed.

The studs on offense have been as good as advertised through two games. Kirk Cousins has a 112.9 rating throwing for 297.5 yards per game and five touchdown passes. While Dalvin Cook has 96 yards per game on the ground and a score to go along with it.

If they want to win their home opener, they’re going to have to control the clock and run the ball right down Seattle’s throat. On the flip side though, defensively for the Vikings, it could be a disaster trying to slow down Russ.

Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings Betting Preview

Seahawks vs Vikings Odds

Neither Minnesota nor Seattle has been too kind to betters over the last year and two games. The Vikings cover just 38.9 percent of the time while Seattle isn’t much better at 47.4 percent.

After a loss, Seattle has been pretty solid going 3-1 in those and having an average margin of victory of 11.8. As road favorites, they hold a record of just 2-5 so don’t get your hopes up too high with that last stat.

For Minnesota, the Vikings hold a 4-6 record after a loss but are 5-3 as an underdog and are 1-0 in games at home where they are an underdog. Be careful though, their ATS +/- is just +0.3 as a dog since the start of 2020.

The one thing Minnesota is good at though, hitting the over. They’re 13-5 since 2020 at getting to their number. Even with the high number of 55, I’m taking the over in this game with the lack of defense from these two NFC teams. Also, I don’t trust Kirk Cousins against Russell Wilson, even with Minnesota as the home team

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Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings Picks

Seahawks -1.5

Over 55

Matt O'Leary
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OddsChecker sports writer Matt O'Leary brings experience sports betting advice to the OC staff. You may recognize Matt from his popular New York Jets youtube channel, but his vast knowledge of sports and betting goes well past the boundaries of New York.
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