1) The Vikings still have a chance to win the NFC North, but the Rams have already locked down the NFC West. How many wins do you think it will take the Seahawks to get one of the Wild Card spots in the playoffs and is this a MUST WIN week for Seattle?
Seattle has won some important games this season. Thankfully, the Seahawks have wins over Dallas and Carolina so they would have the head-to-head advantage for a playoff spot if it came to that. This is what could make Monday’s game so important. Seattle isn’t going to win the NFC West, of course. And the Vikings still have some work to do to win their division. However, both teams could still make the playoffs as a wildcard.
I do think Seattle needs to get to 10 wins to make the postseason. Three of Seattle’s final four game are at CenturyLink Field so the schedule sets up nicely. In fact, the only away game is against San Francisco. Monday isn’t a must-win game for Seattle but a win would also make the rest of the season a lot easier.
2) The Seahawks have won ten of the fifteen head-to-head meetings against the Vikings in the history of their franchise. Plus, the Vikings have only won two of the eight games played in Seattle. What is it about the Seahawks that make it so difficult to Minnesota to beat them?
The teams have only played four times since 2012. I point out 2012 for a reason, though. That is when Seattle began to get really good defensively so a lot of teams would have a losing record with Seattle in the last seven years.
As we all know, though, Seattle should have lost to the Vikings in the playoff game in 2016 when Blair Walsh missed a pretty easy field goal for Minnesota. Even before that game I think the Vikings were the better of the two teams and have been since then. This season, the Vikings have two good receivers and the Seahawks have two young cornerbacks. Minnesota also plays the run well and Seattle will be without guard D.J. Fluker. So even though the Seahawks have won the last four games with the Vikings, Seattle will have a tough time on Monday.