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Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks: betting odds, preview, pick

Seattle looks to continue its home domination, which has made Seahawk backers very happy this season. They give five points to visiting Minnesota on the Week 9 odds menu.

Stephen Brashear

The Seattle Seahawks are one of the league's toughest home teams and will try to keep that streak going against the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Seattle was a 5-point home favorite, according to the NFL betting menus at most sportsbooks around the world.

"As is often the case with the Seattle Seahawks, their season can conveniently be split into home and away categories," said Jeff Grant of SportsbookReview.com. "The Seahawks have lost their last two games, both on the road, to fall to 1-4 SU and 2-3 ATS away from home"

At home, Seattle is 3-0 SU and ATS this year, and is 6-0 ATS in its last six home games dating back to last year. Seattle's defense has been strong both home and away this season allowing just 16.8 points per game.

The Minnesota Vikings started the year off 4-1 SU and 3-2 ATS, but have since cooled off with a 1-2 SU and 0-2-1 record over their last two games. After allowing just 15.8 points per game through the first five games of the year, Minnesota has allowed 29.3 PPG over their last three.

They'll try to get things back on track defensively against a Seattle offense that averages just 17.5 points per game.

This game could come down to the running backs as both teams average over 130 yards of rushing per game and rely heavily on their feature backs.

Marshawn Lynch figures to have the easier assignment against Minnesota's rushing defense (allowing 107.6 yards per game) as Adrian Peterson will have to face Seattle's sturdy rushing defense that allows just 84.9 yards per game.

Considering how close these teams are in most aspects on the field, it is tempting to take the five points on Minnesota. But overall the Vikings are 5-9-2 ATS over their last 16 games and 5-18 SU over their last 23 road games while Seattle is 15-5 ATS over its last 20 games at home.

When in doubt, taking Seattle at home is usually the way to go. For what it's worth, the NFL scores prediction engine picked Minnesota to win 22-20.

PICK: Seattle -5 (courtesy of PickShark.com)

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