Seahawks vs Vikings

Seahawks vs Vikings: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for ‘Monday Night Football’.Everything you need to know about a battle between NFC playoff hopefuls.The Minnesota Vikings still hold on to that sixth seed after the games that took place on Sunday (thankfully), but did fall two games back in the division after Chicago’s win against the Rams. Now the Vikings need to thank the football gods by putting a whooping on the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night and secure a win.

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This week’s edition of Monday Night Football is the second-consecutive night game between playoff contenders from the NFC West and NFC North. This time, the team from the West is hosting, and hoping for a better result than the Rams had against the Bears on Sunday night.

The Seahawks, current holders of the No. 5 seed with their 7-5 record and owners of a three-game winning streak, host the Vikings, currently occupying the No. 6 slot with their 6-5-1 record. This game could hold massive importance to the playoff picture, especially if the Vikes can’t come away with a win.

Both squads are likely playing only for wild-card spots right now given how far behind their respective division leaders they sit, but owning the tiebreaker here could be huge in determining not only who plays in Chicago or Dallas or New Orleans or L.A., but in case another contender jumps into the mix and only one of the two teams actually heads to the postseason. This should be a fun one, so here’s what you should be looking out for on the field.

When the Seahawks have the ball

The Seahawks are on a three-game winning streak, but their run of terrific offensive performances really started with their 36-31 loss to the Rams back in Week 10. During that four-game span, Russell Wilson has played as well as any quarterback in football.

He’s completed 71 of 105 passes (67.6 percent) for 925 yards (8.8 per attempt) and 11 touchdowns, and has not been intercepted even once. That’s good for an absurd 130.1 passer rating, and Wilson’s contributions haven’t stopped there, as he’s added 127 additional yards on 21 carries. His carries-per-game average is also up to from 3.0 during the first eight games of the season to 4.2 during the past four, while his yards-per-carry average has jumped from 4.9 to 6.1 as well.

Incredibly, Wilson is on pace to throw his fewest number of passes since his second year in the NFL, but also to set a career high in touchdown passes. After leading the NFL with 34 TD tosses last year, Wilson is not close to Patrick Mahomes for the NFL lead this season, but he does lead the league in touchdown rate — the percentage of his throws that have turned into scores. And he’s racked up that rate while also tying his career-best 1.5 percent interception rate.

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On Monday night, Wilson faces a pass defenses that has for the most part been much better in recent weeks than it was during the early part of the season. And he seems at least somewhat likely to do so without the services of his top wide receiver, Doug Baldwin, who is listed as questionable with a hip injury but is widely expected not to play.

And that’s not great for the Seahawks because the Vikings have been most vulnerable through the air to interior receivers, tight ends, and running backs, and Baldwin is clearly the best option Seattle has that fits that description. Tight end Nick Vannett has flashed here and there but is not a consistent part of the team’s pass offense, and neither are any of Chris Carson, Rashaad Penny or Mike Davis.

The primary focus in the passing game, then, figures to be Tyler Lockett and David Moore, who will primarily work against Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes. Rhodes is almost sure to shadow Lockett when he’s on the perimeter, but the Seahawks would be smart to bump Lockett inside more often than usual in this game because the Vikes typically prefer to keep Rhodes on the outside. Having Lockett work against Mackensie Alexander (93.1 passer rating allowed in the slot) is far preferable to having him work against one of the premier shadow corners in the NFL.

It’s difficult to tell if the Vikings would have Rhodes shadow Moore if Lockett spends the majority of his time inside, but if so, that would open up opportunities for Jaron Brown working against Waynes. Perhaps the best way to attack Minnesota through the air, however, would be to figure out a way to get one of the receivers matched up on linebackers Anthony Barr or Eric Kendricks, which has happened far too often to the Vikings this season.

A big key, as always, will be keeping Wilson well-protected, which is far tougher to do against Minnesota now that the defense is at full strength. They’ve come on strong (with the exception of last week against the Patriots, natch) and now have the NFL’s second-highest Adjusted Sack Rate, per Football Outsiders.

As good as the Vikings are against the pass, they may be even stronger against the run, and that could cause some problems for the Seahawks, who run more often than any team in football — by a lot. The Vikings are a stronger tackling team than almost any in football (they’ve missed only 20 tackles on running plays this year, per Sports Info Solutions, the fifth-fewest in the NFL) and when they’re on, they’re disciplined enough to tackle the running back while still containing Wilson inside the pocket and not letting him take off around the edge. As such they’ve allowed only 1.6 yards before contact per rush attempt, per Pro Football Focus, the fifth-best mark in the NFL.

Seattle, though their offensive line has been better this season, does not often generate a ton of yards before contact and instead depends on Carson, Penny, Davis, and Wilson to break tackles and create extra yards. Those are hard to come by against Minnesota.

The Vikings have to be considered one of the NFL’s most disappointing offenses this season. Sure, Dalvin Cook has been injured for much of the year, but when they signed Kirk Cousins this offseason I don’t think anybody in Minnesota expected to rank 15th in yards per game, 18th in points per game, and 17th in Football Outsiders’ offensive DVOA heading into Week 14. Hopes were much higher than that — especially after they ranked 11th, 10th, and fifth in the same figures last year and secured a quarterback upgrade.

Instead of taking a step forward, though, they’ve largely stagnated. To what that should be attributed, I’m not entirely sure, but the focus has to start with the offensive line, which has simply been dreadful.

Cousins has been pressured on 214 drop backs this season, most in the NFL despite the fact that he’s played one fewer game than every other team save for the Seahawks. Take a look at how his numbers have dropped off when under pressure vs. on plays when he’s been kept clean, per Pro Football Focus.

Monday Night Football 2018

 Monday Night Football 2018 Week 14 Schedule, Odds And Picks.The 6-5-1 Minnesota Vikings and 7-5 Seattle Seahawks are set to go head-to-head on Monday Night Football to close out Week 14 of the 2018 NFL season. This exciting showdown is rife with potential playoff implications, as both contenders are currently occupying the NFC’s two Wild Card spots.

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Neither has much of a chance to catch their respective division leader either, with the Vikings well behind the 9-4 Bears in the NFC North and the Seahawks already out of contention in the NFC West after the Rams clinched the divisional crown last week. That leaves them both desperate to hold on to these coveted Wild Card positions, especially since there are a handful of six-win teams—the Panthers, Eagles and Redskins—lurking right behind.

Oddsmakers like Seattle’s chances to secure victory on Monday Night Football, installing the home squad as a three-point favorite. The Seahawks have traditionally been tough to beat at home, but their aura of invincibility has faded a bit in 2018. The team has compiled a pedestrian 3-2 record in games played at CenturyLink Field, with a 3-1-1 against the spread mark. Minnesota hasn’t been very consistent on the road, however, going just 2-3-1 straight-up and 3-3 ATS this season.

Seattle is the hotter team right now, having compiled three straight wins heading into Week 14. The franchise has also matched up well with the Vikings in recent years, going 4-0 straight-up and 3-1 against the spread over the last four meetings. Minnesota has struggled mightily against quality opponents during the current campaign, failing to beat or cover against a single team with a record above .500 in four tries, while going 6-1-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS against sub-.500 foes.

Will the Vikings find a way to buck these trends and get back on track in arguably their most important game of the 2018 NFL season? Or will the Seahawks keep it rolling with a fourth straight victory to move one step closer to locking up a Wild Card berth in the upcoming playoffs? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has a take on this Week 14 finale that you won’t want to miss. Before seeing who the Vegas expert is taking on Monday Night Football, have a look at the full schedule, start time, TV channel, live stream site, updated odds and key betting trends for this matchup. You can also find relevant quotes, tweets and more related to the primetime showdown between the Seahawks and Vikings.

Monday Night Football Week 14 TV Schedule And Odds

Matchup Time (ET) TV Stream
Seattle Seahawks Vs. Minnesota Vikings 8:15 p.m. ESPN   WatchESPN  

Seattle Seahawks Vs. Minnesota Vikings Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in six of Seattle’s last eight Monday Night Football matchups.
  • The Seahawks are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS across their last four meetings with the Vikings.
  • Minnesota is 1-7 ATS over its last eight contests against teams with winning records.
  • The Vikings are 2-9 ATS during their last 11 Monday Night Football appearances.
  • The total has gone OVER in each of the last five Seattle-based meetings between these teams.

Seattle Seahawks Vs. Minnesota Vikings Media

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll praised the rapport that Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has with top receivers Adam Thielen and Stephon Diggs (via ESPN):

They seem extremely well connected with Cousins. The intricacies of the things that they’re running, the timing that they’re able to show consistently on really good concept stuff. The guys come through and make the catches, they’re both good after the catch, they both get down the field. They’re possession guys, they’re down-the-field guys, they have all that ability in them. … The execution is as good as it gets.

Vikings vs Seahawks

The “Monday Night Football” game tonight is being played at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, and the Vikings vs. Seahawks betting odds indicate that the home team Seahawks are 3-point favorites to win. The Seahawks are scoring an average of 26.6 points per game this season, compared to just under 23 points for the Vikings. The over-under in tonight’s game is 45.5 points.

Here are all the options for how to watch the Vikings vs. Seahawks “Monday Night Football” game — online or on TV — including tips for getting a free NFL game live stream on your phone.

What Channel Is the Vikings vs. Seahawks Game on Tonight?

“Monday Night Football” TV broadcasts, including the Vikings vs. Seahawks tonight, are handled by ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

If you have satellite or cable TV, you probably have ESPN included in your bundle of pay TV channels. All you have to do is find ESPN if you want to watch “Monday Night Football” on TV.

If you don’t have cable, there are still ways to watch the Seahawks vs. Vikings game online for free. Check out the options to live stream “Monday Night Football” for free below.

How to Live Stream the Vikings vs. Seahawks Game for Free

To live stream NFL games for free on your phone, use either the Yahoo Sports app and the NFL app. Either app provides free live streams of many NFL games, including “Monday Night Football,” even though the TV broadcast is on the pay channel ESPN.

In addition to matchups like tonight’s Vikings vs. Seahawks game, these apps let you live stream “Thursday Night Football” games (broadcast on Fox), “Sunday Night Football” (NBC), and all the NFL games normally broadcast on your local CBS and Fox stations on Sunday afternoons. While the apps are free to download and use, the live streams are available only on phones. So you can’t use them to watch NFL games on a larger screen, such as a laptop or smart TV.

How to Watch “Monday Night Football” for Free Online on a Smart TV

If you want to live stream the Vikings vs. Seahawks “Monday Night Football” game on a screen that’s larger than your phone, consider registering for a free trial of a streaming TV service that includes ESPN in its packages.

The streaming TV services Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV all include ESPN in their basic packages. The costs of these packages start at $25 to $45 per month, but they’re available to new subscribers for free for about seven days.

So, to watch tonight’s Seahawks vs. Vikings game online for free, you could register for a new subscription and live stream the game during the free-trial period. Afterwards, you would have most of a week to check out the service. Each is a little different, with different bundles of pay channels, but they are all basically the online equivalent of the traditional cable TV package — only they tend to cost less per month, and have fewer surprise fees.

Sling TV is the cheapest streaming TV service that includes ESPN in packages. But Sling TV also has fewer channels than the other services. It’s worth taking a close look at all the fine print, and what’s included with each live streaming TV service, before registering for a subscription.

Also, remember: If you ultimately decide you don’t want to become a paying subscriber, be sure to cancel your streaming TV service before the free-trial period ends.

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Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings

Seattle Seahawks vs Minnesota Vikings: Monday Night Football Week 14 Schedule, Odds And Picks.Seattle have the luxury of staying at home another week and will welcome Minnesota at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday. Seattle will be strutting in after a victory while Minnesota will be stumbling in from a loss.

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The 6-5-1 Minnesota Vikings and 7-5 Seattle Seahawks are set to go head-to-head on Monday Night Football to close out Week 14 of the 2018 NFL season. This exciting showdown is rife with potential playoff implications, as both contenders are currently occupying the NFC’s two Wild Card spots. Neither has much of a chance to catch their respective division leader either, with the Vikings well behind the 9-4 Bears in the NFC North and the Seahawks already out of contention in the NFC West after the Rams clinched the divisional crown last week. That leaves them both desperate to hold on to these coveted Wild Card positions, especially since there are a handful of six-win teams—the Panthers, Eagles and Redskins—lurking right behind.

Oddsmakers like Seattle’s chances to secure victory on Monday Night Football, installing the home squad as a three-point favorite. The Seahawks have traditionally been tough to beat at home, but their aura of invincibility has faded a bit in 2018. The team has compiled a pedestrian 3-2 record in games played at CenturyLink Field, with a 3-1-1 against the spread mark. Minnesota hasn’t been very consistent on the road, however, going just 2-3-1 straight-up and 3-3 ATS this season. Seattle is the hotter team right now, having compiled three straight wins heading into Week 14. The franchise has also matched up well with the Vikings in recent years, going 4-0 straight-up and 3-1 against the spread over the last four meetings. Minnesota has struggled mightily against quality opponents during the current campaign, failing to beat or cover against a single team with a record above .500 in four tries, while going 6-1-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS against sub-.500 foes.

Will the Vikings find a way to buck these trends and get back on track in arguably their most important game of the 2018 NFL season? Or will the Seahawks keep it rolling with a fourth straight victory to move one step closer to locking up a Wild Card berth in the upcoming playoffs? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has a take on this Week 14 finale that you won’t want to miss. Before seeing who the Vegas expert is taking on Monday Night Football, have a look at the full schedule, start time, TV channel, live stream site, updated odds and key betting trends for this matchup. You can also find relevant quotes, tweets and more related to the primetime showdown between the Seahawks and Vikings.

Watford vs Everton

There’s every chance a proper football match could break out tonight at Goodison Park. Everton will be looking to get back to winning ways after their heartbreaking loss in the Derby and followed it up with a toothless draw midweek against Newcastle. Watford FC meanwhile have frittered away an excellent start to the season and will be looking to get some measure of revenge for their assumed slight for the Blues’ approach for Marco Silva last season.

Match Details

Date and start time: Sunday, December 10th at 12:00pm PT / 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST

Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

Capacity: 39,572

Weather: 47°F/8°C, partly cloudy, 0% chance of precipitation, 4 mph winds

How to Watch/Listen

TV: NBCSNUnited States; Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Main Event United Kingdom, TSN4, TSN5 – Canada, SuperSport 3, RMC Sport 3, beIN Sports

Radio: Everton Match Centre, BBC Radio 5 Live, TalkSport Radio World, SiriusXM FC

Live stream:NBCSports.com, Telemundo, fuboTV, TSN GO, beIN Sports Connect, Flow Sports App, Optus Sport

Gamethread: Liveblog will be updated above from one hour before kickoff

Information from LiveSoccerTV.com

Lineups

Everton

Starting XI: Pickford; Digne, Mina, Keane, Coleman; Gomes, Gueye; Bernard, Sigurdsson, Walcott; Richarlison

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Zouma, Davies, Lookman, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun

Watford

Starting XI: Foster; Kiko Femenía, Kabasele, Cathcart, Holebas; Sema, Quina, Doucouré, Pereyra; Success, Deeney.

Subs: Gomes, Mariappa, Masina, Wilmot, Chalobah, Deulofeu, Okaka

Last Meeting

The last time the two sides met at Goodison we had a five-goal thriller, with the Blues making a furious comeback from two goals down to tie it up late. Then Leighton Baines dispatched a penalty to push Everton into the lead only for Jordan Pickford to concede a penalty in time added on, and former Blue Tom Cleverley went on to place it wide to give Dave Unsworth his first win. That epic second half lasted an unbelievable 58 minutes!

Richarlison had opened the scoring for the Hornets in that game, and happily for the Toffees he’ll be in blue tonight. Watford did nip Everton 1-0 in their last meeting back in February this year, with captain Troy Deeney scoring in an awful football game.

Bengals vs Chargers

Bengals vs Chargers : The Los Angeles Chargers hope to keep winning while the Cincinnati Bengals are in desperate need of snapping a month-long losing streak. These AFC opponents will meet Sunday afternoon in the second batch of NFL football games.

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This game will kickoff in Los Angeles at 4:05 pm EST / 1:05 pm PST. CBS is the television channel handling coverage for the game.

Watch Bengals vs Chargers online live streaming without cable by choosing one of the following options:

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With a free 7-day trial of CBS All Access via Amazon Prime for Prime Members, you can easily watch the LA Chargers vs Bengals football game online free as a Prime member and decide if you want to keep CBS All Access later.

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Los Angeles (9-3) have won two straight games following a tough one-point upset defeat at Denver. After pummeling the Cardinals in primetime, last week they beat a tough Steelers team by a field goal.

With the Chiefs lingering next week, the Chargers need to win to remain a game behind that AFC leading team. A win today combined with a victory over Kansas City will put them in the AFC driver’s seat.

Cincinnati (5-7) have lost four straight games after beginning the season 5-3. What once looked like another trip to the postseason for an Andy Dalton-led team has quickly turned into a bust.

The last Bengals win came on October 28th, a close 37-34 victory over the Buccaneers.

Steelers vs Raiders

Steelers vs Raiders : The Pittsburgh Steelers have suffered two close tough losses against quality opponents. Now they face the Oakland Raiders away from home in hopes of snapping a two-game skid and avoid falling dangerously closer toward letting the Ravens catch them in the AFC North,

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Today’s Pittsburgh and Oakland football game is scheduled to get underway at 4:05 pm EST / 1:05 pm PST with TV coverage provided by Fox Sports. Watch Steelers vs Raiders live streaming online without cable on a phone, tablet or computer using one of the following services:

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Our recommended way to watch the Raiders vs Steelers football game online free without cable by trying out the FuboTV 7-day free trial. Fubo TV includes Fox and many other sports channels, also offers three days of auto recording via its 72-Hour Lookback feature, and 50 hours of Cloud DVR service as an added bonus.

Another way to watch the Raiders Steelers game live stream without cable is with Hulu with Live TV where Fox, Fox Sports 1 and other popular channel feeds are found, with some exceptions depending on exactly where you live. Hulu Live TV also offers cloud DVR recording and a host of other popular channels.

Cable and satellite subscribers can watch the Steelers vs Raiders football game live stream at Fox Sports Go by logging in with their provider credentials.

A rough patch has gotten in the way of the Steelers (7-4-1) surge through the middle part of their schedule. A 24-17 road loss to the Broncos was followed up by a three-point loss to the Chargers at home where they had a chance to win and Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception in the end zone.

Those losses combined with the Ravens winning streak has Baltimore only a half game back in the division. With the Ravens playing at Kansas City today, the table is set for Pittsburgh to extend their lead.

The Steelers opponent, the Raiders (2-10), have lost four of five. Last week they almost kept pace with the Chiefs at home but ultimately fell 40-33. They’ll need a similar offensive output to beat the Steelers.

Broncos vs 49ers

Broncos vs 49ers : The resurgent Denver Broncos and their dynamic undrafted rookie running back have a fourth straight win in their sights. Their next opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t won four games all season long.

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Denver and San Francisco will get their football game underway at 4:05 pm EST / 1:05 pm PST with TV coverage being provided by CBS Sports. Watch Broncos vs 49ers online live streaming without cable by choosing one of the following streaming options:

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A streak of solid play has vaulted the Denver Broncos (6-6) back into the postseason race. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but a win today will put them firmly in the pack for a shot at an AFC Wild Card spot.

Rookie running back Phillip Lindsay continues to play like an All Pro for Denver and stands on the precipice of crossing 1,000 rushing yards on the season. Not bad for a guy who wasn’t even drafted.

San Francisco (2-10) is thinking about the NFL Draft at this point. They’ve lost four of five with the last two games being by a combined 45 point differential.

Injuries have decimated the 49ers this season including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. This week, their leading rusher Matt Breida has been ruled out, meaning third-stringer Jeff Wilson Jr. will get the bulk of carries.