When the Vikings (8-3) travel to face the Seahawks (9-2) on "Monday Night Football" (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN) to close the Week 13 NFL schedule, it will be a battle of two teams currently in strong NFC wild-card positions trying to get in better spots to win their respective divisions.
Minnesota needs to win to keep pace with Green Bay (9-3), which would still lead the NFC North because of a head-to-head tiebreaker. Seattle can take over first place in the NFC West with a win, as it holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over San Francisco (10-2).
The quarterbacks, Kirk Cousins and Russell Wilson, are both having stellar, super-efficient seasons. The run defenses have been tough, but both pass defenses have had issues on the back end when not getting enough help from a dominant pass rush up front.
Here's everything to know about betting on Vikings vs. Seahawks in Week 13, including updated odds, trends and our expert's prediction for "Monday Night Football."
Seahawks vs. Vikings odds for 'Monday Night Football'
Spread: Seahawks by 2.5
Point total: 49.5
The Seahawks have seen their number go down from a field goal, which is the basic home-field advantage. When the Vikings last played a big game in prime time, they won at the Cowboys on Sunday night. The Seahawks took down the 49ers on the road in their last Monday night game.
Seahawks vs. Vikings all-time series
The Seahawks lead the series 11-5. They have won five consecutive games in the rivalry, including 21-7 in Seattle on Monday night last December. Wilson has never lost to the Vikings in the regular season or the playoffs, including the 10-9 escape at Minnesota in the 2015 playoffs. The last time the Vikings won in Seattle was '06.
Three trends to know
— 60 percent of spread bettors like the Seahawks. 60 percent of moneyline bettors also like the Seahawks.
— The Vikings are 6-5 against the spread. The Seahawks are 6-4-1 against the spread.
— The total has gone over in 6 of the 11 Seahawks games. The total also has gone over in 6 of 11 Vikings games.
Three things to watch
No Thielen, but likely yes Clowney
The Vikings' passing game will once again be without hamstrung wide receiver Adam Thielen. That means the Seahawks can focus more on taking wide receiver Stefon Diggs out of the game with good coverage from emerging cornerback Shaquill Griffin with help over the top so he doesn't hit a home run with his deep speed. Up front, the Seahawks should have Jadeveon Clowney back from a core muscle injury to limit Cousins' time to push the ball downfield.
Carson and Penny
Chris Carson has been the Seahawks' lead back all season, but Rashaad Penny had his most explosive game in the rotation in Week 12. Should the Seahawks get a lead and give these guys enough work early, they can wear down the Vikings to eat away at the clock when it counts most in the fourth quarter.
The tight ends
The Seahawks have struggled to cover tight ends and the Vikings will target Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. often again with Thielen out. The Vikings will have their hands full with the athletic Jacob Hollister. If either team can get a big receiving game from the position, it would be huge toward the outcome.
Stat that matters
The Vikings have the No. 20 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 244.5 yards on average per game. The Seahawks have the No. 29 pass defense in the NFL, allowing 268.7 yards on average per game. The QB who plays better with a limited running game will win the game for his team.
Seahawks vs. Vikings prediction
The Seahawks own the Vikings with Wilson for a reason. He comes up with clutch play when they need in games like this, especially at home. Cousins has tended to struggle in hostile road environments with high stakes. The Seahawks will be better at stretching the field for big plays while the Vikings will be better contained, putting Cousins in position to make key mistakes over forced longer drives.
Seahawks 27, Vikings 24