Vikings Seahawks Betting – Familiar Faces In New Places As Vikings Visit Seahawks
It is just the second week of the 2011 preseason, and already Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is getting a visit from his former friends and teammates. After what head coach Pete Carroll had to say about the way that Jackson was passed over in Minnesota there might not be a lot of love lost, and it will be interesting to see how the Vikings’ defense attacks him knowing all of his sports betting bonus strengths and weaknesses.
Minnesota Vikings @ Seattle Seahawks
Saturday August 20, 2011 – 10:00 PM ET
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
NFL Betting Lines: Seattle Seahawks – 3
The game plan that Minnesota draws up defensively could end up being the one that most teams use during the season as no team knows Jackson better than the Vikings. That could pave way for Charlie Whitehurst to play the hero again after he relieved Jackson in the opener and looked much more confident under center.
NFL Betting Preview: Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings have a quarterback of their own to break in, and will be looking for Donovan McNabb to take a step forward against the Seahawks after completing 6-of-11 passes for 40 yards in a 10-3 loss to the Tennessee Titans in week one of the preseason. McNabb will split time with rookie Christian Ponder, who looked very confident and poised in the pocket against the Titans and continues to make his case as an NFL starter. The biggest problem that Minnesota will face is who their quarterbacks will throw the ball to, especially after losing Sydney Rice to Seattle in the offseason. Rice would have been one of the most dynamic playmakers in the Vikings’ offense once again this season, and the team will need someone to step up.
NFL Betting Preview: Seattle Seahawks
The veteran Rice didn’t play for the Seahawks in a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers to open the preseason, but both Golden Tate and Leon Washington did and both looked good at wide receiver and running back respectively. The Seahawks have a ton of weapons on offense, and Carroll will need to have his confidence in Jackson pay off in order to avoid the thought of switching to Whitehurst, who looked very good against San Diego. The Seattle defense is a work in progress as they continue to sort things out on both the line and in the secondary, and it will be interesting to see how they attack a similar west coast offense.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
The Seahawks won the NFC West a year ago despite a sub-.500 record, but the team knows they likely won’t be able to pull that off again. Meanwhile, Minnesota is simply looking to return to respectability after the wheels fell off a year ago, and are desperate for playmakers to emerge on offense. The fans in Seattle will be revved up for this one, so score it to the home team in a battle of franchises on the bubble this sports betting preseason.