Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings

NFL betting on Thursday sees two familiar foes matching up in the preseason as the Minnesota Vikings host the Seattle Seahawks.

Since 2002, the Vikings and Seahawks have met six times, including twice in the football betting preseason. This is the first meeting in NFL betting preseason action between the two teams at the Metrodome since 2004. NFL odds week 1 numbers have Minnesota as a 2.5 point NFL betting favorite with a total of 34.

NFL betting saw the 2007 Seahawks finish with a 10-6 mark. They won the NFC West and advanced to the divisional playoffs where they lost at Green Bay. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck leads the Seattle offense but he probably won’t make much of an impact in NFL odds week 1 action since he may only play a series or two. The running game will be different for Seattle now that Shaun Alexander is gone. T.J. Duckett and Julius Jones should give the Seahawks a much improved running game according to NFL betting experts. Most of the Seattle starters won’t get much playing time on Friday according to football betting information and wide receiver Deion Branch won’t play at all.

The Vikings will look to get solid play out of quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on Friday according to NFL betting information. NFL betting experts believe that he will be helped on offense by exciting running back Adrian Peterson and new addition Bernard Berrian. The Vikings defense should be even better this season as they added Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen from the Chiefs according to NFL betting information. Most of the starters won’t see much time on Friday according to NFL betting information so look for veteran quarterback Gus Frerotte and rookie John David Booty to get a lot of playing time.

Overall, this is the 12th time in NFL betting history that Minnesota and Seattle have met in the preseason. It is the fourth time in NFL betting history they have met at the Metrodome in the preseason. The Vikings have won five of the previous 11 matchups in NFL betting including two of the three at home. The last time the Vikings played Seattle at the Metrodome in preseason football betting action was in 1993, when they defeated the Seahawks 23-10. The Vikings have finished at .500 or better in 37 of the team’s 47 preseasons according to football betting stats. Head Coach Brad Childress has a 4-3-1 record in the preseason according to NFL betting numbers.