Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Russell Wilson
Betting Odds: Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (-3.5)
- Seattle Seahawks Moneyline: +160
- Minnesota Vikings Moneyline: -185
- Over/Under: 39.5
- Kickoff: Aug. 24, 2018 – 8 p.m. ET
Russell Wilson accounted for all but one of the Seahawks’ offensive touchdowns in 2017. Still, this season has red flags with Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson gone and the historically pass-averse Brian Schottenheimer taking over as offensive coordinator.
Ultimately, Wilson did everything he could to squash the haters during his 30 minutes of work last week, displaying his patented big-play ability by completing passes stretching 52, 45 and 29 yards. It doesn’t matter who is calling plays or catching passes: Wilson is going to keep running around, chucking the ball downfield and generally making good things happen.
The Vikings and Seahawks have each boasted top-five defenses in recent seasons, though the former unit certainly appears to be in better shape entering 2018.
While the Seahawks have to find a way to replace Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett and potentially Earl Thomas, the Vikings are loaded with familiar (and effective) faces.
In a battle between two teams known for dominating on defense, the total has dropped by two points since opening, with 67% of tickets backing the under.