4 reasons why the Vikings will beat the Seahawks in Week 5

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There will be no fans in attendance

This may sound like a cop-out, but the Vikings need every advantage they can get. Seattle has been a notorious hellhouse for Minnesota as they have not won a game in the Emerald City in 14 years. Vikings rookie receiver Justin Jefferson was in first grade the last time it happened.

Most of the ominous aura linked to the Seahawks’ house is derived from noise. The franchise promotes its “12th Man” asset everywhere you look. This isn’t just because the fans of the team love their football, it’s because they are ultra-boisterous about their fandom during home games.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disabled many teams from having fans at all in stadiums and Seattle is one of those franchises.

Therefore, much like when the Packers came into U.S. Bank Stadium to start the 2020 season and embarrassed the Vikings, Minnesota has an opportunity to disregard the Seahawks’ typical home-field advantage this week.

The lack of fans will make it impossible to replicate the same decibel-level of racket the Vikings are used to experiencing during their recent trips to Seattle.

If Minnesota aspires to topple Russell Wilson in his building, Sunday is the time to do it.