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Minnesota (+3) at Seattle, 50.0 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST
Just a notch below the Niners-Ravens tilt Sunday afternoon in anticipation is this one, as the 8-3 Vikings face the 9-2 Seahawks in a game that could wind up deciding who goes to Dallas or Philly and who goes to Green Bay if both teams end up with wild-card spots. Minnesota's won six of seven after a shaky start, but surprisingly it's been OC Kevin Stefanski's offense, and not Mike Zimmer's defense, that's led the way. Kirk Cousins has a dazzling 12:0 TD:INT over the last five games with an 8.4 YPA and 71.5 percent completion rate – numbers he's compiled while getting only 16 snaps out of Adam Thielen – while Dalvin Cook remains just behind Christian McCaffrey and Nick Chubb in the race for the NFL rushing crown. For their part, the Seahawks have won four straight and seven of eight while handing San Francisco its only loss, which isn't too bad. Russell Wilson is in what qualifies as a slump for him, which means he's been picked off in two consecutive games, but the only thing standing between him and the MVP award seems to be Lamar Jackson. Wilson's 24:3 TD:INT on the year remains outstanding, and he's having a career season despite a backfield that features one RB who can't hang onto the ball, and another who can't pass protect. It runs contrary to their reputations, but this game features real prime-time shootout potential.