The Vikings are catching 2.5 points on the road against the Seahawks on Monday night (8:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. CT, ESPN) in a matchup that figures to have NFC Playoff implications. Both offenses have star power and the ability to generate big plays.
Here are three of the most intriguing player prop bets on the board at Westgate.
Vikings vs. Seahawks props
Dalvin Cook YES to score a touchdown (-140)
Don’t overthink it, right? Cook has scored 11 touchdowns in 11 games this season and has only gone scoreless in two of 11 outings. You’re giving up a bit of potential payout at -140, but that shouldn’t deter you from riding with Cook.
The Seahawks are better against the run (10th) than the pass (29th) but Minnesota loves to run the ball near the goal line, and Cook is one of the best short-yardage backs in the game. If anything, the Seahawks poor pass defense helps this bet – it means Cook should have multiple red zone chances.
The Vikings arguably have the best running back in the league who is 9-2 against this line in 2019, and there’s no reason to think Minnesota will stray away from him in the game plan this week. He’s a likely candidate to score a touchdown.
Russell Wilson UNDER 1.5 touchdown passes (+145)
On the flip side, you get a little extra value if the UNDER hits here – and Wilson has failed to throw multiple touchdown passes in his last two games. Wilson’s touchdown throws have come in bunches this season – he racked up four against the Rams and five against the Buccaneers.
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But he’s 4-4 against this bet in his last eight games, and while the Minnesota secondary is average, this could be worth a shot. Wilson only completed 52% of his passes in his last start, and his last eye-popping performance came against the lowly Buccaneers on Nov. 3. To be clear, you certainly wouldn’t want to take this at even odds – but considering Wilson is .500 vs. this bet in this last eight, you can unearth some value here.
Kirk Cousins OVER 22.5 completions (-110)
Minnesota isn’t going to completely reshape its identity based on its opponent, but generally speaking, the way to beat the Seahawks is through the air. Seattle ranks 29th against the pass this season, as mentioned earlier, and is pretty stingy against the run.
And after a brutal start to 2019, Cousins has played well lately. He’s 4-1 vs. this bet in his last five games and 5-3 in his last eight, but in two of those UNDERS, Cousins completed 22 passes. So he was as close as you can get, while he’s finished well OVER in a few of his wins.
Obviously, game flow is going to have plenty to do with this – volume is crucial when we’re talking about completion totals. But Cousins’ improved play should foster more trust from his play caller, and if anything, Minnesota should sling it more than it typically would against this Seattle secondary.