Day 2 of NFL wild-card weekend kicks off Sunday when Seattle travels to Minnesota for a date with the Vikings and Green Bay heads to the nations capital to take on the Washington Redskins in the late game. Currently both road teams have been tabbed as favorites heading into their matchup, with Seattle sitting at -4 and Green Bay at -1.
Here we will look past the point spread for the sake of this article and dive into some of the best prop bets for each game with some picks, predictions and analysis.
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Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings
TCF Bank Stadium, 1:05 p.m. EST. Jan. 10, 2016
The Minnesota Vikings are fresh off capturing their third NFC North title with an impressive, yet under-the-radar 11-5 record. Their reward for finishing third in the conference is a home date against a team who was one goal-line play away from capturing back-to-back Super Bowl titles. The Seahawks have been dominating teams since November. They have won eight of their last 10 games to secure a wild-card spot and come into this game with a 38-7 trouncing of these same Vikings no more than five weeks ago. Russell Wilson is playing inspired football right now, but it's the defenses that could leave their mark on this game.
Anytime Touchdown Scorer:
Adrian Peterson -125
Nothing in sports is a given. However, it is going to take a gargantuan effort from the Seattle defense to keep AP out of the endzone this Sunday. Despite missing a portion of the season finale against the Green Bay Packers with a back stinger, Peterson is fresh off winning his third rushing title and will do everything in his power to get Minnesota to the next round of the postseason. If Teddy Bridgewater struggles early, look for head coach Mike Zimmer to pull in the reigns and attack the Seattle D with a heavy dose of Peterson. With 11 touchdowns on the year, most redzone touches should and probably will go through him. While the Legion of Boom has been playing up to their standards in the back half of the season, Minnesota is unlikely to get shutout. I was expecting a steeper price, perhaps around the -160 range, so I think this is a bargain.
Pick: Anytime Touchdown - Adrian Peterson
Longest Field Goal Scored:
"Over" 44.5 -110, "Under" 44.5 -110
Crazy stat of the day: Since 1990, field-goal kickers have converted only 66.7 percent of their field-goal attempts when the temperature dips below 10 degrees. That is a 13.2 percent drop off compared to the 79.5 percent success rate when the temperature is in double digits. The temperature in Minneapolis is supposed to hover right around the freezing mark. Thank god I will be warm and indoors for this game! Points should be at a premium for this contest, and I can see both coaches playing the field-position game if they can't get into the endzone. Stay warm, pray for the fans freezing their asses off, and take the under.
Pick: "Under" 44.5
Time of First Score:
Score on or After 7:00 Elapsed -120, Score Before 7:00 Elapsed -120
I think it takes a while for both teams to warm up and start to enjoy the fact they are playing postseason football in freezing temperatures. Seven minutes of actual game time is not a lot of time when teams are using all 40 seconds of play clock, running the ball and staying inbounds. I cannot envision the passing game being effective early, until coordinators start adjusting routes and play calling to fit the conditions. Both defenses should be up to the task early, and both coaches will stay conservative. Expect a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson in the first quarter.
Pick: Score on or After 7:00 Elapsed
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