NFL Game Previews: Vikings-Seahawks Matchup
NFL Game Previews: Vikings-Seahawks Matchup

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Minnesota (+3) at Seattle, 45.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Story: The Vikings hold the second wild-card spot in the NFC and aren't even out of the picture for the NFC North title yet, but looking at their schedule, it's hard to see them as much of a threat. They're 0-4 against the league's elite teams (Rams, Saints, Bears and last week's loss to the Patriots), and their "best" win of the year came in Week 5 against the 6-6 Eagles, a victory that looks much less impressive now than it did back then. It's also hard to pinpoint exactly what the problem has been. Dalvin Cook's injury didn't help, but he's been back at full strength for a while now, even if the coaching staff won't give him a full workload. Adam Thielen's obviously been spectacular, and the pass rush has looked fearsome again once Everson Griffin returned to the team. Maybe Kirk Cousins really isn't a franchse QB after all. The Seahawks are only a half-game better than the Vikings in the standings, but they seem to be in much better shape. They've won three straight, and while they too haven't been able to keep up against the league's best teams (their most impressive win was over the Cowboys in Week 3), they at least seem pointed in the right direction. Russell Wilson in particular has been dialed in since Seattle's bye, posting a 16:1 TD:INT in the last six games, and with

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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