Pretty much everybody thinks the Seahawks are going to beat the Vikings today
MINNEAPOLIS – There’s bad news if you’re the superstitious type, but good news for everybody else: Pretty much everybody is predicting the Seattle Seahawks will beat the Minnesota Vikings in the teams’ NFC wild-card game today.
Mark Craig, the Vikings beat writer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, picked the Seahawks to win 20-17:
The weather won’t decide the game unless, of course, Seattle’s locker room door freezes shut before kickoff and traps Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett, K.J. Wright, Brandon Mebane and, well, you get the idea.
James Kratch at nj.com picked the Seahawks to win 35-20:
Seattle is not going to let Adrian Peterson beat them. And Teddy Bridgewater is not going to beat them. A tremendous season for the Vikings, but the Seahawks move on rather easily.
His colleague Joe Giglio says Seahawks 24, Vikings 13:
Seattle is too good and too battle tested (even on the road) and Minnesota too inexperienced for the home underdog to come through with the upset.
Over at the Seattle Times, Bob Condotta picked the Seahawks 23-6, but said it won’t be as simple as all that:
This game doesn’t figure to be as easy for the Seahawks as the 38-7 victory over the Vikings on Dec. 6. The Vikings should be healthier on defense, but it’s hard to figure them moving the ball or scoring consistently.
Chris Miller, a sports team leader at the Star Tribune, is one of the very few dissenting voices:
The Vikings have played their last two games in cold weather outdoors, and you could argue they were under playoff-like intensity. That will help today, as will the return of top defensive players. But most importantly, they’ll have the drive and heart they lacked the first time the teams met. They’ll finally be able to trap Russell Wilson a few times and win rather handily, 24-16.
Statistical anlaysis site fivethirtyeight.com has the Seahawks as 56 percent favorites to win, and they’re 4.5 point favorites in Vegas.