Last Updated on October 11, 2020

  • The week 5 NFL Sunday Night matchup features the Seattle Seahawks as -7 point favorites vs. the Vikings.
  • The Seahawks are 3-0 as favorites against the spread this year.
  • The Vikings are 1-2 as underdogs against the spread this year.
  • The Seahawks have an opportunity to begin the season 5-0.

 

In a primetime Sunday Night Football matchup on NBC, the Russell Wilson-led Seahawks will take on the struggling Minnesota Vikings, led by quarterback Kirk Cousins. The Vikings are fresh off their first win of the year over the winless Texans, while the Seahawks are rolling as one of the top teams in the National Football League. Wilson has emerged as an early MVP candidate, and if he keeps playing (or cooking) the way he has, then I don’t see how the league can’t give him the prestigious award.

While the Vikings are 1-3 and in third place in the NFC North division, it’s still early in the 2020 NFL betting campaign. A big win over the NFC powerhouse that is the Seahawks would provide them with significant momentum heading into a chunk of their schedule that features three division opponents over the course of four games.

Here’s our Action Rush Preview with information about the matchup, odds, spread, total, and moneyline. We’ll also provide a prediction for the game as well as a pick.

 

Seahawks – Vikings Odds Sunday Night

Given how much more talented the Seahawks are compared to the Vikings, it’s not a surprise oddsmakers are favoring the former ballclub. The Seahawks are favored by seven points in this game, with the moneyline set at Seahawks -315 and Vikings +270, per DraftKings Sportsbook.

The total is pretty high at over-under 57.5 points, but the Seahawks do indeed sport a high-powered offense that should score a significant number of points. At the moment, the Seahawks are second in the league in scoring with 35.5 points per game.

I would certainly take the over in this game, given the success of the Seattle offense along with the ability of the Vikings offense to additionally put up points — 26.5 points per contest through four weeks. Not to mention, neither defense is performing up to par when it comes to scoring. The Seahawks are allowing an average of 27.3 points per game while the Vikings are allowing 31.3.

I’d also take the Seahawks with the spread in this one. It’s not that significant of a spread, so it shouldn’t be that difficult of a task for them to cover considering their talent and current momentum. Couple that with the fact that they won’t have to travel for this meeting, and it’s safe to say the Seahawks could win this one by at least eight points.

 

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Seahawks – Vikings Preview & Betting Angles

Russell Wilson has been superb for the Seahawks this season, there’s no doubt about it. In his ninth season, he’s playing like a legitimate MVP and currently leads the league with 16 touchdown passes through four games — this puts him on pace for a whopping 64 touchdown passes, a mark that would shatter Peyton Manning’s 2013 record of 55. Not only that, but he’s also third in the league with 1,285 passing yards and leads the NFL with a 75.2% completion rate.

The Seahawks are coming off an eight-point win over the Dolphins, a game in which Wilson threw for 360 yards and two scores on 24-of-34 passing. Seahawks running back Chris Carson additionally racked up 80 rushing yards on 16 carries (five yards per carry) with two touchdowns while receiver D.K. Metcalf caught four balls for 106 yards on the day.

Needless to say, Wilson has been everything the Seahawks have needed him to be, and then some. The momentum is on his and his team’s side, and there’s a good chance they’ll continue the dominance come Sunday night.

The Vikings, on the other hand, just notched their inaugural victory of the young season by defeating the Texans 31-23. While Kirk Cousins threw for 260 yards and one score in the win, running back Dalvin Cook was the real star. The fourth-year pro ultimately rushed for 130 yards on 27 carries with a pair of touchdowns. The Vikings also had numerous receivers surpass the century mark — Adam Thielen racked up 114 yards on eight catches (with one touchdown) and rookie Justin Jefferson gained 103 yards through the air on four receptions.

With a win, the Seahawks could potentially further increase their lead in the tough NFC West division. They’re currently one game up on the Los Angeles Rams, who enter Week 5 with a record of 3-1. The Cardinals and 49ers are in third and fourth place, respectively. Both sport a 2-2 record ahead of Week 5.

The Vikings are third in the NFC North, sitting two games behind the Bears (3-1) and three games behind the Packers (4-0). Thus, they must win games consistently if they want to eventually have a shot at the postseason.

 

How to watch Seahawks – Vikings Sunday night

  • Date: Sun, Oct. 11
  • Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
  • Location: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
  • TV: NBC
  • Radio: KIRO 710AM/97.3FM (Seattle), KFXN 100.3FM (Minnesota)

 

 

Prop Bets Vikings vs. Seahawks SNF

One team prop bet that really stood out to me was the total touchdowns scored by the Seahawks. Over-3.5 is at -129 while under-3.5 is at -104, and I’d certainly take the over on this one. The Seahawks offense is on a roll, and as previously mentioned, the team is second in the NFL in scoring. Expect that momentum and Russell Wilson’s dominance to continue on Sunday night, which should lead to the Seahawks crossing the plane at least four times.

All prop bets courtesy of Draftkings Sportsbook.

Passers Completions Passing Yards Passing TD
Kirk Cousins (MIN) 22.5 (Ov +106 | Un -132) 280.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) 1.5 (Ov -178 | Un +138)
Russell Wilson (SEA) 25.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112) 310.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) 2.5 (Ov +114 | Un -146)
Rushers Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush + Receiving Yards
Dalvin Cook (MIN) 19.5 (Ov +100 | Un -124) 74.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) 102.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Chris Carson (SEA) 15.5 (Ov -124 | Un +100) 66.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) 87.5 (Ov -112 | Un -112)
Russell Wilson (SEA) N/A 24.5 (Ov -106 | Un -120) N/A
Receivers Receptions Receiving Yards Longest Reception
Adam Thielen (MIN) 5.5 (Ov +114 | Un -146) 75.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) N/A
Justin Jefferson (MIN) 4.5 (Ov -140 | Un +110) 70.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) N/A
Kyle Rudolph (MIN) 4.5 (Ov -106 | Un -120) 24.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) N/A
Tyler Lockett (SEA) 5.5 (Ov -128 | Un +100) 76.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) N/A
DK Metcalf (SEA) 4.5 (Ov -136 | Un +106) 70.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) N/A
Greg Olsen (SEA) 3.5 (Ov +114 | Un -146) 34.5 (Ov -113 | Un -113) N/A

 

Total Points:

Total Points by Vikings 1st half Over 12.5 (-121) Under 12.5 (-115)
Total Points by Seahawks 1st half Over 16.5 (-115) Under 16.5 (-121)
Total Points by Vikings Over 24.5 (-112) Under 24.5 (-117)
Total Points by Seahawks Over 32.5 (-112) Under 32.5 (-117)

 

Total Touchdowns:

Total TDs by Vikings Over 2.5 (-162) Under 2.5 (+123)
Total TDs by Seahawks Over 3.5 (-129) Under 3.5 (-104)

 

First Scoring Play:

Seahawks TD (+140) Vikings TD (+235)
Seahawks FG (+370) Vikings FG (+525)
Seahawks Safety (+5500) Vikings Safety (+5500)

 

Betting Picks & Scoring Prediction

Due to the high-powered Seahawks offense (and the not as high-powered, but still competent Vikings offense), I’m taking the over in this one. It may not hit until the fourth quarter, but I’m confident the total score will surpass 57.5 points.

And although they haven’t beaten teams by a whole lot — only beat the Dolphins by eight, Cowboys by seven, and Patriots by five — I can additionally see the Seahawks winning this game by over a touchdown, which is all that needs to occur for them to cover. Thus, take the Seahawks with the spread as well as the Seahawks moneyline.

Final Score Prediction: 35-24 Seahawks

Ryan is an experienced sports writer and editor, who's mainly covered the New York Giants and the NFL for Elite Sports NY.He additionally has his own podcast titled "Wide Right Podcast," which is available on all major platforms.