Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Vikings vs. Seahawks Gambling? Headline: Seahawks back at Home to Face Surprising Vikings in Week 9 After two weeks on the road, the Seattle Seahawks finally return to the ultra-friendly confines of CenturyLink Field on Sunday. They take on a Minnesota Vikings team that is 5-3 on the year, but is coming off their ugliest performance of the season thus far. The Hawks lost two straight on the road and will be looking to ride the 12th man to yet another impressive home win. Minnesota Vikings (5-3) vs. Seattle Seahawks (4-4) Date/Time: Sunday, November 4, 4:05 PM ET Venue: CenturyLink Field Broadcast: FOX Vikes vs. Seahawks Betting Lines from bovada Spread: Seahawks -5 (-110) Moneyline: Vikings +195: Seahawks -225 Over/Under: 39 1/2 points The Minnesota Vikings certainly have a ton to play for – the Bears are run-away leaders of their division, and now they have the surging Packers to contend with in the NFC North. Playing at home, the “good” Wilson should show up in Week 9. Photo Credit: Yahoo Sports The Vikings were manhandled in their last outing at home against an average Tampa Bay squad. The reason? Christian Ponder’s slump. Minnesota started the season as hot as any team in the NFL – Christian Ponder was taking care of the ball, Adrian Peterson was running like a man possessed and the Minnesota defense was playing at a very high level. So what has taken the luster off this team? As mentioned – Christian Ponder has struggled mightily. After not throwing an interception in the first four games, he has thrown seven the last four weeks. He threw for just 58 total yards in a Week 7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals – yuck! Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota run game is miles ahead of where we thought they would be at this point of the season. Peterson has gone over the century mark in his last two games, averaging 138 yards per game over that span with two TDs. He’s back and is a terror once again. Minnesota’s defense has been very good this year and has also contributed to their success. They are 12th against the pass and 16th versus the run. The Seattle Seahawks came up a little short last week but almost pulled one out on the road. Russell Wilson continues his predictably inconsistent rookie campaign – he was good last week but the defense, of all units failed to hold up their end of the bargain against Detroit. This week, the Hawks are at home where they have proven to be much, much better on both sides of the ball. The Seahawks offense is below average statistically – a few duds along the way have contributed to their low rank. The Hawks are Sidney Rice is finally starting to heat up. the second worst passing offense in the NFL (just 171 yards per game), but they are the eighth best rushing team in the NFL (131.88 yards per game). We have seen signs of life from Sidney Rice, and we all know what “beast mode” is capable of. Translation – they should be fine on home turf against a slightly above average Minnesota defense. Seattle’s defense delivered an uncharacteristically poor performance in Week 8 – you can bet they will be an ornery bunch looking to avenge a loss against Detroit. Seattle owns the 13th best pass defense in the NFL and the 5th best rush defense, allowing just 16.75 points per game – good for 3rd in the NFL. As mentioned before, they are much better at home to boot! Dave Free Won’t Cost You Anything Betting Prediction: The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 7 games Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Minnesota’s last 15 games on the road Seattle is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home The total has gone OVER in 4 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing at home against Minnesota The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Seattle’s last 8 games The total has gone OVER in 12 of Seattle’s last 17 games at home The Minnesota Vikings looked like a very average team at home in Week 8 and now they have the displeasure of traveling to one of the toughest buildings in the NFL this week. Seattle is no fun for opposing teams – just ask the Cowboys, the Packers and the Patriots! The Seahawks will likely only have to worry about one guy in this game – if they slow Adrian Peterson, the offense should be able to do enough. I see this game being a bit of a one-sided affair. Take the home team to climb back over .500. Pick: Seattle Seahawks -5 CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS CLUBHOUSE AT THE NORTHWEST SPORTS BEAT!

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