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2015 NFL Wild Card Round Preview – Minnesota Vikings Vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Vikings surprisingly won the NFC North. Their reward, a matchup with the two time defending NFC champions, Seattle Seahawks. The Vikings will be at home and that means cold weather. It’s expected to be one of the coldest games in playoff history. We recommend enjoying the game in the warmth of your home though.

Previous Matchup:

Week 13 – Seattle 38, Minnesota 7

When the Vikings Have the Ball:

The Vikings want to get Adrian Peterson the ball as much as possible because he’s still their best player on offense. The problem is that Seattle has the best run defense in the NFL. In their 38-7 win over the Vikings, Seattle held Peterson to just 18 yards rushing.

That means Teddy Bridgewater is going to need to make plays. The Seattle secondary hasn’t been as good as year’s past but it’s still above average. Teddy will have to really spread the ball around and make the right reads to move the ball against the Seahawks.

When the Seahawks Have the Ball:

Marshawn Lynch will not make his return which means the run game won’t be as effective. They’ll have to rely more on Russell Wilson like they have during this hot stretch. Minnesota’s defense is more than solid but no one aside form St. Louis has been able to stop Wilson and Doug Baldwin lately.

Key Matchup:

T.J. Clemmings Vs. Michael Bennett

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Will the rookie be able to block Bennett at all in this game. He’ll have to create some running room for Peterson in order for the Vikings to have some offensive success.

The Pick: Vikings +6

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