Bet Seahawks At Value Price With Your NFL Picks vs. Vikings

Joe Gavazzi

Friday, January 8, 2016 9:42 PM GMT

Biggest home field playoff edge of the Wild Card round goes to the Minnesota Vikings with the weather forecast calling for wind chill factors in negative numbers. Is Minnesota a valuable NFL pick?

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NFL Pick: Seahawks -4

Best Line Offered: at BetOnline

 

Seattle Seahawks (-4) vs. Minnesota Vikings 1:05 ET NBC
The Seahawks will be playing this 1:00 ET start at 11:00 am body time. They enter this contest at 10-6 SU, compared to the Vikings’ 11-5 SU.  Must note that all Wild Card home dogs are 13-9 SU, 15-6 ATS, including 9-3 ATS, if they have the better record!   

 

Minnesota Vikings
The Vikingsclosed the season with a (20-13) win against rival Green Bay to claim the divisional crown.  In so doing, they outrushed the Packers 151-76.  Not that it did them any good, for other than the pride factor, they are still relegated to the Wild Card round, albeit the advantage of a home game.  They are still asked to suit up against a Seattle team with far greater experience edge, as they have appeared in consecutive Super Bowls.  Though the Vikings improved from 7-9 SU to 11-5 SU this season, much of it came courtesy of a relatively weak schedule. 

Last week’s victory vs. Green Bay was their only regular season win against a team who was greater than .500 at the time they played them.  Must give credit to 2nd year HC Zimmer for turning around the fortunes of the Vikings.  He did so with a blue collar work ethic that featured one of the NFL’s best running games that averaged 30/138/4.7 overland.  It was aided by an outstanding defense allowing just 19 PPG.  There was, however, inadequate balance in the passing game and they enter today being outgained by an average of 344-321 per game.  That has not stopped them, however, from entering today’s  playoffs on an under the radar 21-5 ATS mark.  Today, Minnesota is asked to take a major step-up against an opponent, who defeated them (38-7) on this field December 6th.  In that game, the Seahawks rushed for 173 yards and held a commanding yardage edge of 433-125.

 

Seattle Seahawks
That win vs. the Vikings was the 3rd victory in a season-ending run that would see this veteran Super Bowl team close 6-1 SU ATS.  Though the Seahawks have plenty of playoff experience, note that HC Carroll is just 8-5 SU ATS in post-season play.  That strong stretch run was aided by an improved offense that averaged 32 PPG on 402 YPG in the last half of the season.  The Seahawks closed out the regular season with a resounding (36-6) victory against division champion Arizona, in which they outrushed the Cardinals 37/145 to 13/27, while profiting from a (+3) net TO margin for a (36-6) victory.  Aided by the return of RB Lynch and the fact the Seahawks won their last 5 road games of the regular season by an average of 22 PPG, it appears that Seattle is once again primed for playoff success.  For, as well as the Minnesota defense played this season, it is the Seattle stop unit that allowed just 17 PPG, 292 YPG, 5.1 defensive YP play and 82/3.6 overland (that is the superior stop unit on the field today).

I invite you to put the NFL odds in your favor and join me with my NFL pick on the Seattle Seahawks.