These Monday Night Football games just keep getting better and better. Last week we got the Baltimore Ravens at the Los Angeles Rams, which was a cracker on paper, if not the scoreboard. In Week 13, we are treated to the Minnesota Vikings vs the Seattle Seahawks, a game that could be crucial for the NFC when it comes to the end of the season. Right now there are five teams that can all make a case to be in the race for not just a first-round bye, but also the number one seed and home-field advantage.
Location: CenturyLink Field
Time: 8:15 pm EST
Spread: Seahawks -3
This game has not really seen much movement since the line came out officially. The game briefly dipped to Minnesota +2.5 due to their being a higher proportion of money on them ATS than the proportion of bets. That would indicate the big bettors are eyeing up the Vikings. However, the sheer weight of bets on Seattle has been enough to take the line back to +3. The total has not moved really, although you can find 49 in places, so be sure to shop around for what suits.
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“This is a really tough game to call. The Seattle Seahawks are unbelievably good in close games, with an 8-1 record in one-score games this season. However, my belief if that the Vikings are the better all-around team, but Kirk Cousins has had issues previously in prime time. He banished some of those demons against the Cowboys two weeks ago, but this is a very different situation against the Seahawks in Seattle.
In terms of totals and spread, I find this game very close. I would lean to the Minnesota Vikings, just simply because it is such a close game, and they are getting the points. Therefore, I am going to look elsewhere, and I am going to go for a touchdown for one of Russell Wilson’s favorite targets recently in Jacob Hollister. The tight end has three touchdowns in the last three games and regularly sees looks in the red zone recently.”
0.5u – Jacob Hollister Anytime Touchdown | +250
“Due in part to the number of quality teams atop the NFC, the Minnesota Vikings enter Monday Night a bit under the radar. They are currently 8-3 overall and have won six of their last seven games. The Vikings will be coming off a bye here and head to Seattle to face a Seahawks team that isn’t beating anyone by more than one score, much like the Colts over in the AFC. Seattle has gotten more publicity than the Vikings this far due to the MVP season of Russell Wilson. Wilson has come up big time again for the Seahawks, leading them to huge primetime wins over there Rams and 49ers within their division. However, the Seahawks are only 1-4 against the spread their last five home games, and I generally believe that Minnesota is the more balanced roster top to bottom. The only thing giving me hesitation is taking Kirk Cousins over Russell Wilson in a primetime game. That said, I think the Vikings have a strong opportunity to win this one outright, so I’ll take the three points in this spot.”
1u – Minnesota Vikings +3 | -110
“I hate betting against Russell Wilson, but I don’t agree with this spread at all. According to net yards per play, this game should be a PICK, but Seattle is laying the full three, signifying the sportsbooks believe these teams to be equal. While the Seahawks have the ultimate equalizer in Wilson, Minnesota is the better team here. I’m on the Vikings here, but only on the spread. I don’t hate the money line sprinkle and would even suggest it. I just don’t want to put American dollars on Wilson to lose, as the man is capable of anything.”
1u – Minnesota Vikings +3 | -110
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