Vik­ings (6-5-1) at Sea­hawks (7-5)

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - Week 14 Matchups - Liz Mathews

Mon­day at 8:15 p.m. ET, Cen­tu­ryLink Field, Seat­tle


Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Sea­hawks by 3

Vik­ings’ keys to vic­tory: The Vik­ings will need to put forth a solid game on the road as they fight to re­tain a wild-card berth, es­pe­cially with Seat­tle right ahead of them. They must find a way to stop QB Rus­sell Wil­son and the Sea­hawks’ offense, which has been on a roll in the sec­ond half of the sea­son. DE Danielle Hunter, who has dou­bledigit sacks this sea­son, is the man to do it. QB Kirk Cousins can’t over­look Seat­tle’s re­vamped de­fen­sive line and Frank Clark, who is hun­gry for a con­tract ex­ten­sion.

Sea­hawks’ keys to vic­tory: The Sea­hawks are no­to­ri­ously difficult to face on the na­tional stage and will look to cap­i­tal­ize on home-field ad­van­tage. The de­fense will need to put the Vik­ings’ pass­ing at­tack on hold early, al­though Cousins is sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive un­der pres­sure. Seat­tle’s young sec­ondary, in­clud­ing CB Shaquill Griffin, will be tested against Min­nesota’s deadly re­ceivers. To control the game, Seat­tle will look to its run­ning back ro­ta­tion to put yards on the ground and set Wil­son up to find his tar­gets. WR Doug Bald­win, who has been wait­ing for a break­out game, could shine un­der the lights.

Matchup to watch: Vik­ings’ offen­sive line vs. Sea­hawks’ de­fen­sive line. Seat­tle must find a way to ex­ploit Min­nesota’s offen­sive line, which ranks near the bot­tom of the league. Cen­tu­ryLink Field, an in­tim­i­dat­ing venue for op­pos­ing offenses, might offer just the ad­van­tage the Sea­hawks need.

Who wins? The Sea­hawks have ev­ery­thing to fight for, and win­ning the tiebreaker at home is Seat­tle’s next step in the play­off race.

Sea­hawks, 31-28

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