Vikings Travel To The West Coast Looking For Double Revenge

Joe Gavazzi

Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:54 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 8:54 PM UTC

The Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks suit up for Game 2 of their NFL Preseason with kickoff slated for 10:00 pm ET as televised by the NFL Network.  From a scheduling perspective, note that Seattle is the only team who is playing Game 2 on 5 days’ rest. 

Minnesota Vikings vs Seattle Seahawks
Evening out that potential scheduling edge for Minnesota is the fact the Vikings are playing Game 2 as part of back-to-back road games (they traveled to Cincinnati last week) and now must travel to the West Coast for this contest.  

Each of these teams was good to us last week. When Seattle QB, Russell Wilson, threw an interception at the goal line against KC on the opening drive, it appeared that would be the difference both SU and ATS in a potential loss to KC. But, the Seahawks drove nearly the length of the field in the closing minute to pull within 16 - 15 of KC and then won it on a 2 point conversion on the final play of the game. That winning scenario is a microcosm of why Seattle HC Carroll is 28 - 13 ATS in preseason play. On the negative side for Seattle was the fact they allowed KC to rush 29 times for 135 yards.  

Twenty-four hours earlier, the Vikings won 17-16 at Cincinnati. They did this, despite being outgained 339-274 and outrushed 90-56. The Vikings are a run-first team, who pride themselves on a great defense. They will be eager to improve in Game 2 in both of those areas. The win, however, boosted the record of Viking HC Zimmer in preseason action to 9-1 SU, 8-2 ATS.  Tacking that on to the regular season mark of 24-7 ATS, now finds HC Zimmer to be a mind-boggling 32-9 ATS in his NFL coaching career.

In a matchup of two of my favorite preseason coaches, any edge is welcome. That comes in the form of Vikings’ double revenge from the last 6 weeks of the season. In December, Minnesota was thumped on their home field by Seattle (38-7) on December 6th. In that contest, they were outgained 433 - 125 and outrushed 173 - 31. The rematch came on the same field just 5 weeks later, when they hosted the Seahawks in a playoff game. The game was far more closely contested with the Seattle yardage edge of 226-183 and 97-58 overland, resulting in a narrow (10-9) Seattle victory. It is clear where the emotional edge in this contest will lie. I invite you to put the NFL odds in your favor and join me in my NFL pick on the Minnesota Vikings tonight.


Free NFL Pick: Vikings +138
Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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