**Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook, accurate as of 12:45 p.m. ET 12/2/19**
Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings OVER 49.5 points (-110)
For all of Kirk Cousins’ previously addressed primetime flaws, he’s actually put together a pretty underrated season. His 21 touchdown passes and three interceptions are tied for seventh-most and second fewest respectively, while his 8.6 yards per completion average is the highest figure among quarterbacks who have played in all of their team’s games. Don’t be deterred by Adam Thielen’s absence, either. In the last four games Cousins has had to play without Thielen – including the Chiefs game, when he was forced from the contest before recording a catch – Cousins has thrown for eight touchdowns and no interceptions while recording a 112.8 combined passer rating. If his value has been tied to anyone, it’s been running back Dalvin Cook and the attention he demands out of the backfield. The third-year back is averaging 19.5 carries, for 92.5 yards and a touchdown per game on 4.8 yards per carry and his probably going to get a ton of tread tonight in the Pacific Northwest. So, does that synopsis of what the Vikings have been able to do well on offense do for the over? More than anything, it shows why they should be able to score with ease against a pedestrian Seahawks defense. With the 29th-ranked pass defense and 24th-rated run defense, both phases of Minnesota’s offense should complement each other and lead to plenty of points.
The Seattle Seahawks, on the other hand, should be eager to atone for that Week 12 dud in Philly last weekend through the air. The Vikings 20th-ranked pass defense presents Russell Wilson with an opportunity for positive regression. Also consider that Minnesota has gone over is five of its last six games and four of the last five following a straight-up win, while the over is 6-1 in the Seahawks’ last seven against teams with winning records. Neither of these teams wants to play through the postseason from the Wild Card spot. Both know that a win tonight, on the heels of an offensive showing, brings them that much closer to avoiding that path.
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