Minnesota Vikings will take on Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the NFL 2021 season. The home side searches for a way out of the poor form, as they are still searching for the first victory. The visitors go to Minneapolis with a 1-1 score, hoping they can get back to the winning track.
Minnesota had a 0-3 record in the preseason, and they continued in the same fashion in the regular season. They lost both their matches so far, and the latest one came against the Cardinals. Seattle lost against the Titans last weekend after overtime, which prevented them from getting to a 2-0 record. The visitors spilled a 14-point advantage in the fourth quarter and lost by a field goal after the additional 10 minutes.
Minnesota Vikings – Can they celebrate the first victory?
The Vikings had two trips at the start of the NFL 2021 campaign, and they didn’t manage to get back home with a win. They lost against the Bengals after overtime in the first round while adding another defeat against the Cardinals by a one-point margin. The hosts are in a bad momentum, as they lost all three preseason matches as well. Minnesota failed to secure a playoffs spot last season, as the 7-9 record wasn’t enough. They finished 3rd in NFC North, and they will likely end the 2021 campaign at the same spot.
Kirk Cousins went 22-32 passing effort for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Minnesota was good in the rushing offense, as Dalvin Cook had 22 carries for 131 yards, while the team had 177 yards on 27 carries. The Vikings’ defense allowed 371 yards and three TDs, but also logged three sacks and two interceptions.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Alexander Mattison, Justin Jefferson, K.J. Osborn, Adam Thielen, Tyler Conklin, C.J. Ham, Rashod Hill, Ezra Cleveland, Garrett Bradbury, Olisaemeka Udoh, Brian O’Neill
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Danielle Hunter, Michael Pierce, Dalvin Tomlinson, D.J. Wonnum, Nick Vigil, Eric Kendricks, Blake Lynch, Mackensie Alexander, Harrison Smith, Xavier Woods, Bashaud Breeland
Quarter Back: Kirk Cousins
Kicker: Greg Joseph
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Seattle Seahawks – Will they get back on the winning track?
The Seahawks opened the season with a 28-16 victory over the Colts in the opening round and were on a good track of logging the 2-0 record. However, they threw away a comfortable lead in the last quarter, allowed the opponent to drag them into overtime, and steal the victory. Seattle eyes another playoffs attempt, as they were stopped on the first step by the Rams last time. The Seahawks topped the NFC West with a 12-4 record but suffered a defeat when it mattered the most.
Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 343 yards on 22-31 and two touchdowns in their losing effort. Chris Carson had only 31 rushing yards and two TDs on 13 carries, while they picked up 77 yards on 18 carries as a team. The Seahawks’ rushing defense allowed 212 yards and three TDs on 40 carries, while their defense allowed 320 yards in the air and logged three sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Chris Carson, DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Penny Hart, Gerald Everett, Nick Bellore, Duane Brown, Damien Lewis, Kyle Fuller, Gabe Jackson, Jake Curhan
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Rasheem Green, Poona Ford, Al Woods, Carlos Dunlap II, Jordyn Brooks, Bobby Wagner, Darrell Taylor, Tre Flowers, Jamal Addams, Quandre Diggs, D.J. Reed
Quarter Back: Russel Wilson
Kicker: Jason Myers
Expert Pick #1 – Seattle Seahawks -1.5 @-110
Minnesota has been pretty good in offense in the first two rounds, but Wilson and the Seahawks will be a big challenge for them. I don’t think the Vikings will book their first victory yet, and they might wait for Week 4 to celebrate for the first time in the 2021 season. Seattle should cover the spread as well, and it will be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Seahawks and Over 40.5 @+115
Although it is a bit risky, I’m building my bets around the Seahawks in this matchup. Both offenses have been pretty good so far, while both sides allowed many points as well. Going with Seattle and Over 40.5 as the second tip brings us pretty decent odds.
Expert Pick #3 – Seahawks to win by 1-6 margin @+310
Minnesota lost both matches with a low margin, and we might see the same scenario here. It will be a close matchup, and I don’t expect the Seahawks to beat their rivals easily. Therefore, if you search for some longer odds, you might go with this pick.