Seattle at MINNESOTA (-3)
By Bob Valentino, Featured Handicapper
They don't come much easier than last night's Saturday Slugfest winner on Minnesota and Texas Over the total.
I said the game would be Over the total by the 6th inning, and it actually went Over the total by the 3rd inning!
I am now on an 11-3 run with my 60 Dime Totals Winners, and I have found another total that you can take to the bank tonight in MLB.
Winner # 18 of 24, (and 12 of 15)
Sunday Silencer MLB Total
This one sees no more than 7 combined runs!
All about finding the best money-making opportunity on the schedule, and today that money-making opp comes in the form of a total.
This game is more easy money, and will easily hold Under the total this afternoon.
One thing that I have filed away in my years of handicapping the NFL during the preseason is that Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes to win these "meaningless" games. Last week proved to be no exception, as Minnesota opened their preseason campaign with another win and cover.
The Vikings were able to score 34 points on the road last Friday night the 9th, as they scored the 34-25 outright underdog win at New Orleans as the +3 point underdogs to the Saints.
Minny got strong back up performances from the quaterback duo of Sean Mannion and Kyle Sloter in last week's win, and tonight I would expect to see a heavy dose of both again after starter Kirk Cousins who was in for a series last weekend - and looked sharp - exits after playing a few more downs this Sunday night.
Seattle is taking a good long look at Paxton Lynch to be the back-up to Russell Wilson, and the Seahawks also have Geno Smith (dealing with a cyst removal from his knee) and JT Barrett to take the bulk of the reps tonight while Wilson watches from the sideline.
Lynch appeared to take the inside track to the back-up job with a strong performance in Seattle's 22-14 home win over his former team the Denver Broncos last weekend, but getting motivated to "jam it up" the Broncos butts and taking his act on the road for this Week Two tussle are two different things.
Minnesota's defense figures to ramp things up a little more in this home opener, so expect things for whoever is under center for Pete Carroll's team to have their struggles.
Seattle's defense is very much a work in progress, as they used this year's draft to try and shore up and rebuild the now defunct "Legion of Boom".
Vikings opened as the -4 1/2 points favorites, but the line has come back down on Minny.
I will lay the points with the Vikings as they take this one by a solid touchdown.
Seattle at MINNESOTA (41 un, -110)
By Dwayne Connors, Featured Handicapper
Dropped last night's Top-End 1000 Unit Winner # 10 of 15 on St. Louis, as the Cardinals got stopped in their game against the Reds.
Not going to dwell on it. Need to move on and get a winner here on Sunday.
Winner # 4 in a Row
Line Value Lock
Game has not started
Great value on this small favorite for Sunday.
Going to nail this one and close out the weekend the right way.
Seattle's first preseason game saw them win a 22-14 home affair against Denver, while Minnesota's first game of the preseason saw them post 34 big points in their 34-25 road win at New Orleans.
I am looking for this second game for both teams to hold Under the posted total.
These teams are no strangers to one another in the exhibition season, as this is the 4th year in a row the pair will playing in the month of August. Last year they met on the third week of the preseason and it ended up 21-20 in favor of the Vikes. That 41 combined points was the most the teams have scored in their previous 3 meetings, as the other pair of meetings did both come on the second week of the preseason - like tonight's meeting! - and saw 33 combined points in 2017, and just 29 combined points in 2016.
I am going to stick with that Under trend for tonight's FOX showdown, as Seattle has played Under the total in each of their last 4 week two preseason games.
Mike Zimmer's calling card is his defense, and after allowing 25 last weekend, I expect things on the defensive side of the ball to be a little tighter tonight.
Expect both teams' starters to be in there a little longer tonight, but I still feel that it will be the defenses that do the dictating in this contest.
Let's go just Under the total in this August battle between two NFC teams from Minnesota on Sunday night.
2* SEATTLE-MINNESOTA UNDER