Seahawks vs. Vikings odds, prediction, betting trends for ‘Monday Night Football’

first_imgStat that mattersThe Vikings have the No. 20 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 244.5 yards on average per game. The Seahawks have the No. 29 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 268.7 yards on average per game. The QB who plays better with a limited running game will win the game for his team.Seahawks vs. Vikings predictionThe Seahawks own the Vikings with Wilson for a reason. He comes up with clutch play when they need in games like this, especially at home. Cousins has tended to struggle in hostile road environments with high stakes. The Seahawks will be better at stretching the field for big plays while the Vikings will be better contained, putting Cousins in position to make key mistakes over forced longer drives.Seahawks 27, Vikings 24 When the Vikings (8-3) travel to face the Seahawks (9-2) on “Monday Night Football” (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) to close the Week 13 NFL schedule, it will be a battle of two teams currently in strong NFC wild-card positions trying to get in better spots to win their respective divisions.Minnesota needs to win to keep pace with Green Bay (9-3), which would still lead the NFC North because of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Seattle can take over first place in the NFC West with a win, as it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over San Francisco (10-2). The quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson, are both having stellar, super-efficient seasons. The run defenses have been tough, but both pass defenses have had issues on the back end when not getting enough help from a dominant pass rush up front.Here’s everything to know about betting on Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 13, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for “Monday Night Football.”MORE: Get the latest NFL odds & betting trends from Sports InsiderSeahawks vs. Vikings odds for ‘Monday Night Football’Spread: Seahawks by 2.5Point total: 49.5Odds: Vikings +131, Seahawks -151The Seahawks have seen their number go down from a field goal, which is the basic home-field advantage. When the Vikings last played a big game in prime time, they won at the Cowboys on Sunday night. The Seahawks took down the 49ers on the road in their last Monday night game.Seahawks vs. Vikings all-time seriesThe Seahawks lead the series 11-5. They have won five consecutive games in the rivalry, including 21-7 in Seattle on Monday night last December. Wilson has never lost to the Vikings in the regular season or the playoffs, including the 10-9 escape at Minnesota in the 2015 playoffs. The last time the Vikings won in Seattle was ’06.Three trends to know— 60 percent of spread bettors like the Seahawks. 60 percent of moneyline bettors also like the Seahawks.— The Vikings are 6-5 against the spread. The Seahawks are 6-4-1 against the spread.— The total has gone over in 6 of the 11 Seahawks games. The total also has gone over in 6 of 11 Vikings games.Three things to watchNo Thielen, but likely yes ClowneyThe Vikings’ passing game will once again be without hamstrung wide receiver Adam Thielen. That means the Seahawks can focus more on taking wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the game with good coverage from emerging cornerback Shaquill Griffin with help over the top so he doesn’t hit a home run with his deep speed. Up front, the Seahawks should have Jadeveon Clowney back from a core muscle injury to limit Cousins’ time to push the ball downfield.Carson and PennyChris Carson has been the Seahawks’ lead back all season, but Rashaad Penny had his most explosive game in the rotation in Week 12. Should the Seahawks get a lead and give these guys enough work early, they can wear down the Vikings to eat away at the clock when it counts most in the fourth quarter.The tight endsThe Seahawks have struggled to cover tight ends and the Vikings will target Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. often again with Thielen out. The Vikings will have their hands full with the athletic Jacob Hollister. If either team can get a big receiving game from the position, it would be huge toward the outcome.last_img read more

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Bale wins Champions League in Cardiff and was clearly very happy about it

first_imgGareth Bale’s dreams came true as Real Madrid won the Champions League in his home city of Cardiff.Having played an important role in the 2014 and 2016 triumphs, the 27-year-old started this year’s showpiece finale on the bench.Manager Zinedine Zidane opted for Isco, with Bale being introduced in the 77th minute, making a timely return from a calf injury as Real Madrid beat Juventus 4-1.Victory saw the Spanish side become the first team in the Champions League era to retain the title and doing so on home turf meant a lot to the Wales international.“To win at home is a dream come true,” Bale told BT Sport. “It’s been a hard season and I’ve worked hard. 2 Gareth Bale has now won the Champions League three times 2 “It didn’t seem like I was going to make it to the final but I’ve worked tirelessly at home and it’s the reward you get for all the hard work you’ve put in.”Real are winners of European football’s leading club competition for a 12th time and Bale continued: “We’ve made more history. I’m a happy man to win the 12th and we’ll enjoy this moment now.“What an incredible stadium. The city have done an immaculate job in hosting such a great event and we thank everyone for that.”Zidane, meanwhile, – a former Juventus and Real Madrid player – became the first manager to retain the European title since Arrigo Sacchi accomplished the feat with AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.The Frenchman recalled previous criticism when he said: “I don’t want to say I’m very good because before I was scandalously bad as a coach and now I’m supposed to be the best.“I love football. I have the chance to be with this great club, with this great squad.“We’re working hard. We worked hard all season, thinking we could achieve things because in the long run everyone’s been very important.“For me, that’s the success and the key.”last_img read more

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