NFL Wild Card Playoff Preview: Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
The stories abound when talking about the game between the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, and the biggest of them have surfaced in the last couple of days. These teams will meet up in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs in a game that begins at 1:05 PM ET at TCF Bank Stadium. After the game kicks off, BetAnySports customers can stay very involved in the action when they place wagers in real time through the phenomenon known as Live Betting Extra.
It has been announced by the Seahawks that they will not have the services of running back Marshawn Lynch, who has sat out seven games with an abdominal injury. Head coach Pete Carroll had expressed that he felt Lynch not only could play, but could handle a full workload. But reportedly Lynch may have been instrumental in taking himself out of the action as of Friday.
The other big story is that the game is going to be one of the oldest in NFL history. Temperatures are expected to be near zero, and then there is the wind chill factor to consider. Both of these teams will be wearing special undergarments that have been supplied by a Minneapolis-based company, but that may not help much, as neither team is used to these conditions (remember that the Vikings played in a dome not long ago).
One can only speculate as to how the weather will affect these clubs, but suffice it to say that it could make passing the ball a greater challenge.
In the reduced juice football playoff betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Seahawks are the road favorites:
Seattle Seahawks -4.5 (-102)
Minnesota Vikings +4.5 (-108)
Over 39.5 points -105
Under 39.5 points -105
The absence of Lynch prompted the Seahawks to do different things offensively. Rookie Thomas Rawls rambled for 830 yards (5.6-yard average), which was better than Lynch’s production, and Russell Wilson also took over the offense to a considerable degree. In fact, during this seven-game period, he got red hot, throwing 24 touchdown passes with just one interception. And he is a legitimate MVP candidate.
In fact, Lynch was told by assistant coach Tom Cable, and we assume other members of the staff, told Lynch that he would have to adjust to having someone else as the focal point of the offense. Rawls is out of action with an ankle injury, so it looks as if Christine Michael, who has had two strong games since being re-acquired by Seattle, will see a lot of action.
If it becomes extremely difficult to throw the ball, BetAnySports customers can assume that Minnesota can extract an edge, because the Vikings have the better running back. In fact, they have the best in the business. Adrian Peterson won the NFL rushing title with 1485 yards, but only 18 of those yards were chalked up against the Seahawks in an earlier meeting, in which Seattle gobbled up the Minnesota offense en route to a 38-7 victory. The yardage total for the Vikings was 125 on the day, and it is hard to fathom that Teddy Bridgewater, who is not an explosive quarterback (just 14 TD’s) can find himself much room against this defense.
Minnesota will have some defensive standouts available who weren’t around in that earlier meeting. Defensive tackle Linval Joseph (foot injury) has been listed as probable, and linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith have been back for a couple of weeks. That will improve this team’s chances, especially if they can force Wilson to throw into heavy wind.
BetAnySports is prepared to give you all the excitement you are hoping for, and even a little bit more, in the football playoffs. That’s because, with reduced juice, you can get much more value, and then you have the convenience of a lot of payment methods, including the virtual currency of Bitcoin!