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Vikings-Seahawks game offers playoff implications on MNF

Two teams sitting second in their division face off for a critical game for their playoff hopes.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins throws a pass in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at U.S. Bank Stadium. David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The Seahawks get a great chance to take over the lead in the NFC West standings, as the Ravens beat the 49ers this week and Seattle currently holds the tiebreaker after beating the 49ers in San Francisco in Week 10.

The Vikings are half a game behind the Packers in the NFC North after Green Bay beat the Giants. Minnesota already lost to Green Bay once this season, so hey are in dire need of a win to keep up with Green Bay in the division.

Both teams are set up well to make the playoff, even if they can’t take their respective divisions. The closest wildcard opponent are the Rams, who beat the Cardinals to go 7-5 while the Vikings are at 8-3 before tonight’s game. Seattle’s record is 9-2, giving them a commanding lead for the first wildcard spot, but a loss tonight does them no favors.

Both teams need to keep a good grip on their playoff spot with hopes, still, of winning their division. Seattle is favored by three points in this game, so it could be a battle to the end for two teams very much in the playoff picture.

To Make the Playoffs

Vikings: Yes (-1250), No (+750)
Seahawks: Yes (-5000), No (+1400)

Division winner

Vikings: +110 to win NFC North (Packers lead at +150)
Seahawks: +170 to win NFC West: (49ers lead at -250)

NFC Champ

Vikings: +800
Seahawks: +450

Super Bowl Champ

Vikings: +1800
Seahawks: +1100