The Seattle Seahawks can take management of the NFC West with a win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football.
Seattle improved to 9-2 with a street win over Philadelphia in Week 12 and trails the San Francisco 49ers by one recreation, however might draw stage with its divisional rivals with a win on Monday.
The Seahawks misplaced in extra time to San Francisco when the 2 met in Week 10 however will host the 49ers in Week 17, a recreation that would successfully show to be the NFC West title decider.
FiveThirtyEight’s statistical projections give the Seahawks a 96 % likelihood of constructing the playoffs and a 50 % likelihood of profitable the division, the identical likelihood as San Francisco.
However, with the 49ers taking over the 10-3 Saints—who’re the one workforce to have already certified for the postseason—in New Orleans subsequent week, wins towards the Vikings and towards the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday night time might depart the Seahawks prime of the NFC with three weeks left.
Before wanting that far forward, nonetheless, Seattle has to handle Minnesota, and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is nicely conscious of the risk posed by the Vikings.
Minnesota’s offense has improved considerably this season, rating eighth in whole yards by the primary 11 weeks of the week, 9 spots larger than a 12 months in the past.
Kirk Cousins has thrown for two,756 yards, 21 touchdowns and simply three interceptions with a 70.6 % completion price and has eight landing passes in his final three video games.
“They’re really well-balanced, a real commitment to the running game shows up,” Carroll advised reporters in his press convention earlier this week, as per the Vikings official website.
“They have a method that we actually recognize as a result of they do run the soccer and take a look at to play ball-control soccer with their brief passing recreation.
“It’s an actual good assault on the whole, and we have now numerous respect for it.”
If Cousins has steered the Vikings’ offense in the direction of new heights, Seattle’s has additionally improved.
Expertly piloted by Russell Wilson, the Seahawks’ offense ranks third in whole yards per recreation, sixth in factors per recreation and 10th in passing yards per recreation.
Wilson, who turned 31 on Friday, has put up 2,937 passing yards to date, with 24 landing passes—the joint-most within the league—and simply three interceptions and a quarterback ranking of 74.1—the third-best within the NFL.
The Vikings are 0-5 towards Wilson in common season or playoff matchups and Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer acknowledged slowing the Seahawks quarterback down was essential to his workforce’s possibilities of success on Monday.
“He strikes rather well,” he mentioned in his press convention. ”We cannot simply rush and cease and peek. We have to rush. We have to be disciplined in our rush lanes and be the place we’re supposed to be as a result of he’ll go up, he’ll return, he’ll exit, he’ll go left, he’ll go proper. He goes all completely different locations.”
A 12 months in the past, Wilson was stored to a career-low 72 passing yards when the Vikings traveled to Seattle.
However, with lower than 5 minutes to go within the recreation he launched into a 40-yard scramble that finally sealed the sport for his workforce—the Seahawks scored 5 performs later en route to a 21-Eight win.
Minnesota can be hoping for a distinct ending on Monday night time, in a recreation that would outline its playoff possibilities.
The Vikings return from their bye with an 8-Three file and path Green Bay by one recreation within the NFC North. With the Packers nonetheless to go to Minneapolis in Week 16, the Vikings might leapfrog their divisional rivals on December 23 in the event that they keep away from falling additional behind over their subsequent two video games.
Here’s all you want to know forward of Monday night time.
When and the place is the sport?
The Seattle Seahawks host the Minnesota Vikings at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on Monday, December 2.
Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.
The recreation can be broadcast nationally by ESPN.
A dwell stream can be out there through ESPN’s digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.
Seattle improved to 9-2 with a 17-9 win in Philadelphia over the Eagles final week, whereas the Vikings return from their bye with an 8-Three file.
Monday marks the 16th time the 2 franchises have met, with Seattle presently main the all-time sequence 10-5.
The Seahawks have gained the final 4 conferences towards the Vikings, defeating Minnesota 21-Eight at dwelling final 12 months.
According to BetOnline, Seattle is a 2.5-point favourite and is 17/20 to cowl the unfold, whereas Minnesota is a 13/10 underdog.
The over/below line by way of whole factors scored is about at 49.5.