In Week 3 the Seattle Seahawks are looking to bounce back after a horrendous collapse to the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. Their opponent — Minnesota Vikings — are also on the pry looking to get their first win of the 2021 season after two heartbreaking losses.
They say the most dangerous man is a desperate man. Well in sports, the most dangerous team is a desperate team. The Minnesota Vikings are playing for more than just their first regular season win. QB Kirk Cousins is playing for his future. The team is fighting to keep their season alive.
Most importantly, head coach Mike Zimmer is trying to save his job. On top of all of that, the Minnesota Vikings have lost seven straight games to the Seattle Seahawks. They are beyond motivated, to say the least.
With that said, this is a trap game for our beloved Seahawks. They are going on the road (which they have been excellent at doing over the last couple of seasons) facing an 0-2 team that the majority of people expect them to win. The Vikings defense has been way worse than expected and their star HB — Dalvin Cook — status is up in the air for Sunday. With the 49ers next on the schedule, the Seattle Seahawks must not overlook the Minnesota Vikings.
Seahawks vs Vikings Odds Week 3
The Week 3 betting odds on WynnBet have the Seahawks as 2.0 point favorites (for a third straight week) on the road. They have -125 moneyline odds, while the Vikings are the underdog at +105. The over/under for total points in the game is set at 55 (-110 for over, -110 for under).
Seahawks vs Vikings Prediction Week 3
As we have seen in the past, whenever the Seahawks and Vikings matchup, expect fireworks. They have had their fair share of battles, most of which have come down to the last drive of the game. Given that, I think the majority of people would rather have Russell Wilson in those circumstances over Kirk Cousins. But, as we have seen and well know, anything is possible in September football.
Seattle being on the road will not necessarily play a huge factor in determining the outcome. Neither will the defensive play. This defense isn’t perfect, but they have shown in back-to-back weeks they can make plays. The obvious key to winning this game is play calling.
KEY TO THE GAME: Shane Waldron
Shane Waldron has a lot to prove in this game. Granted, Seattle’s offense did put up 30 points last week. But, that wasn’t good enough. The main problem being the offense got too stale. Similar to years past, they became reliant on hitting the big play. While it was successful, it came back to hurt Seattle due to the fact they weren’t able to establish a rhythm and put together a long drive. Outside of another huge game from Lockett, Freddie Swain was the only productive wideout.
While I believe in Seattle’s defense, I am expecting a high-scoring affair. Somewhat similar to Minnesota’s game last week against Arizona. Expect Waldron to incorporate a lot of misdirection, allowing Wilson more time in the pocket to hit guys over the middle and be successful on play-action plays. Also, expect a big game from Chris Carson as Waldron will look to correct his mistake last week in the lack of running the football.
I’m predicting a game-winning drive by Russell Wilson, setting up a Jason Meyers walk-off field goal, giving Seattle a 34-31 victory on the road.