Vikings-Seahawks Preview Capsule
MINNESOTA (6-5-1) at SEATTLE (7-5)
Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST, ESPN
OPENING LINE — Seahawks by 2 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Minnesota 6-5-1, Seattle 7-3-2
SERIES RECORD —Seahawks lead 10-5
LAST MEETING — Seahawks beat Vikings 10-9 in NFC playoffs, Jan. 10, 2016
LAST WEEK -- Vikings lost to Patriots 24-10; Seahawks beat 49ers 43-16
AP PRO32 RANKING — Vikings No. 11, Seahawks No. 9
VIKINGS OFFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (30), PASS (7).
VIKINGS DEFENSE — OVERALL (6), RUSH (7), PASS (9).
SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (19), RUSH (1), PASS (26).
SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — OVERALL (19T), RUSH (17), PASS (19).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Fourth straight season Seahawks playing at home on Monday night. ... Seahawks 24-5-1 in Thursday, Sunday or Monday night games since 2010. ... First meeting since 2015 NFC wild-card game in Minnesota, third-coldest game in league history. ... Vikings QB Kirk Cousins leads NFL with 350 completions, ,ranks sixth with 3,490 yards passing. Cousins’ has second-most yards passing through 12 games in franchise history (Warren Moon, 3,511 in 1994). ... RB Dalvin Cook had career-high eight receptions last week. ... WR Adam Thielen leads NFL with 98 catches, second in yards with 1,166, tied for fifth in TDs with nine. He’s caught TD in five of past six road games. Thielen’s 98 receptions third most in league history through 12 games. ... Thielen and WR Stefon Diggs only pair of teammates in NFC with 80 or more receptions. ... DE Danielle Hunter tied for third in NFC with 11 ½ sacks. Hunter also has 16 tackles for loss, second in NFC. ... LB Eric Kendricks had career-high 16 tackles vs. Patriots. He has at least seven tackles in five straight games. ... Harrison Smith one of two safeties in league with three sacks and three interceptions. ... Vikings have allowed just six run plays of 15 yards or more, tied for fewest in NFL. ... Opponents converting 29.9 percent of third downs vs. Vikings, lowest in NFL. ... Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has 29 touchdowns and five interceptions through 12 games. He has thrown at least two touchdowns in eight straight outings. Wilson has 16 touchdowns and two interceptions in Monday night games. ... Seahawks leading NFL averaging 148.8 yards per game rushing. They have rushed for at least 150 yards in seven of past eight games and had more rushing yards than passing in four of those games. ... WR Tyler Lockett averaging 16.2 yards per reception, fifth in NFL. His career-high nine touchdowns include 52-yarder on only reception last week. ... WR Jaron Brown had first two-touchdown game of career last week. He has five TD catches on just 11 receptions. ... WR Doug Baldwin had two TD catches in last regular-season game vs. Vikings. ... DT Jarran Reed has 4 ½ sacks in past five home games. ... DE Frank Clark has team-high 10 sacks but none in past two weeks. .. LB Bobby Wagner had 12 tackles, sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery and 98-yard interception return touchdown last week. It was first pick-6 of career. Wagner has eight or more tackles in six straight games. ... Fantasy tip: Seattle’s pass defense has been struggling of late, allowing 315 yards per game over past four. Cousins, Thielen and Diggs are all good plays this week.