The NFL Game of the Week for week 13, if you ask me, is the Vikings playing host to the Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.
Seattle has been playing great football and has won two in a row. They're being driven by QB Russell Wilson, who has 8 TDs and 0 INTs in the past two games.
Last week they beat the Steelers in a shootout, 39-30. Their defense isn't as good as it has been the past two years when it got them to the Super Bowl, but the fact remains that the Seahawks are a force to be reckoned with. Running back Thomas Rawls has filled in better than anyone expected for the injured Marshawn Lynch, and the rookie is giving the Seahawks a lot of options on offense.
Unfortunately they lost big TE Jimmy Graham last week for the season with a knee injury. Graham had been one of the league's best TEs for the past few seasons with New Orleans but had struggled to fit in in the Seahawks' offense. In any case, though, losing a player like Graham hurts.
Off-the-field problems aside, Adrian Peterson is an absolute machine.
The RB has stepped right back into being the best back in football and has carried the Vikings to an excellent 8-3 record so far. They won a big one vs. Atlanta last week so are riding high and hoping to challenge the Packers for the division title. Green Bay won a thriller on Thursday night on a last second-TD to improve to 8-4 so Minnesota have a chance to maintain their lead over their rivals in the North.
Teddy Bridgewater has been good enough but it's been Peterson and the defense that have really carried the Vikings to their surprising success.
I think the Seahawks are too hot for the Vikings and their young QB. They're looking to get back on track after a tough start to the season and keep pressure on the Cardinals in their division.
I think it'll end 23-14, Seattle on the road.
Who's your pick?
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