MNF Preview: Vikings vs. Seahawks

Updated: Aug 2, 2019



Minnesota Vikings (6-5-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (7-5)



Preview

This is a must win game for both teams in a tightly contested playoff race in the NFC. Seattle has found their groove in recent weeks and look to take a stranglehold on the wild card with a win under the lights on Monday Night Football. Seattle has won three straight heading into this clash of titans. It seemed like it was written in the stars for the Vikings to repeat as NFC North champions after their run in 2017, but it hasn’t been quite as smooth as many anticipated. Over the last 6 weeks the Vikings have been average, grabbing just 3 wins in each of those games. They will be in a dog fight come Monday and with a loss putting the playoffs further out of reach, they will do everything they can to snatch a win in Seattle this week. Just know it won’t be easy to beat a team featuring 12 men on the field with every snap.


Players to watch

Russell Wilson has reminded us why we all praised his efforts in a lost season throughout 2017. He has repeated his performance from a year ago, becoming even better in the pocket and continuing to make the wow plays each week. Tyler Lockett has continued to be the deep threat defenses need to focus on, as he continues to provide impressive plays down field with 9 touchdowns in 12 games. With Chris Carson nursing an injury and expected to be on a pitch count, look for Rashaad Penny and Mike Davis to make an impact in what should be a defensive battle. Kirk Cousins has fallen short of the expectations placed on him, and will need to rebound in a big way. Dalvin Cook looks healthy and ready to rumble against the Seahawks’ feisty defense, and playmakers Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs will need to step up in order to take out the Seahawks at home.


Keys to the game

Minnesota Vikings

  • Spread the ball around

  • Keep Russell Wilson in the pocket

  • Stop the run


Seattle Seahawks

  • Control the clock

  • Force Turnovers

  • Pressure Kirk Cousins


Injury list

Minnesota Vikings

Chad Beebe, WR - Hamstring (Out)

David Morgan, TE - Knee (Out)

Trae Waynes, CB - Concussion (Out)

Eric Kendricks, LB - Rib (Questionable)


Chicago Bears

K.J. Wright, LB - Knee (Out)

D.J. Fluker, T/G - Hamstring (Doubtful)

Doug Baldwin, WR - Hip (Questionable)

Tre Madden, FB - Chest (Questionable)

Rashaad Penny, RB - Ankle (Questionable)


Top 5 Fantasy Players

  1. Russell Wilson, QB (SEA)

  2. Adam Thielen, WR (MIN)

  3. Stefon Diggs, WR (MIN)

  4. Kirk Cousins, QB (MIN)

  5. Tyler Lockett, WR (SEA)

Prediction

This has the potential to be one of the best games of the week and should provide clarity in each team’s playoff hopes. This is a must win game for both teams and will come down to the last few minutes, and the winner may determined on the last possession. Don’t expect Russell Wilson to have the same production as last week with 3 touchdowns on his first 4 attempts — this will be a defensive battle — however, with how well the Seahawks have played through this year and over the past few years, it’s hard to bet against them at home in front of the 12th man. Russell Wilson wants to avenge his first playoff drought in 2017 and won’t let the Vikings stand in his way.


Final Score: Seahawks 30, Vikings 26


Written by: Jason Feiner