Vikings vs Seahawks Betting Preview
Brett Favre gets his second preseason start on Saturday when he and the Vikings play host to the Seattle Seahawks. Favre's preseason debut last week against San Francisco was a pretty uneventful one. The grizzled veteran saw the field for only four plays and completed one pass to Adrian Peterson for 18 yards. Favre also ended up on his back once after getting sacked by Patrick Willis. After Favre's departure all the Vikings could muster was a touchdown and a field goal and they lost to the 49ers 15-10.
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Tonight Favre is expected to play most of the first half. Even though Favre is in his second year with the Vikings he'll need lots of game time to get acquainted with what is a new-look receiving corps. Favre is already down his No. 1 target from last season Sidney Rice due to hip surgery that will sideline Rice for the first half of the season. As well, Percy Harvin's status on a weekly basis could be in question if his recent migraine problems can't be controlled. Harvin has been getting back to normal this week and there is a chance he could play on Saturday. With Rice down and Harvin a liability the Vikings didn't wait very long to grab some insurance at the receiver position. Minnesota was busy this week signing Javon Walker (who played with Favre in Green Bay) and trading for Greg Camarillo from Miami. Both should see at least some action tonight as they try to acclimate themselves to the Vikings' system as quickly as possible.
The Seahawks head into tonight's game coming off a 27-24 loss to Green Bay last week. Matt Hasselbeck rebounded from a disappointing Week 1 performance and passed for 127 yards with a touchdown. Leon Washington saw his first action in 10 months since breaking his leg last season and rushed for 19 yards and a TD on four carries. He'll get the start tonight and could take over the starting role from Julius Jones if he continues to improve. One area the Seahawks need to improve on Saturday is defense. Last week Packers QB Aaron Rodgers shredded the defense for 116 yards and two touchdowns in one quarter. Another project for Seattle is getting their injury-plagued offensive line ready. Seattle was dealt a big blow last week after OT and first-round pick Russell Okung was lost for what could be weeks or months with a high ankle sprain. His backup, OT Ray Willis, was already out after knee surgery, and guard Ben Hamilton will also watch from the sidelines on Saturday thanks to a bum knee. Hasselbeck is slated to play three quarters tonight, but if his inexperienced line can't protect him he may be pulled early to avoid getting beat up by a Vikings defense that led the league in sacks last season. The rest of tonight's schedule and the latest NFL preseason odds are as follows: Seattle at Minnesota (-5.5) Cleveland at Detroit (-2.5) Cincinnati (-3) at Buffalo Jacksonville (-2.5) at Tampa Bay NY Giants at Baltimore (-4) Dallas at Houston (-3) Tennessee at Carolina (-3) Arizona at Chicago (-3.5) Get the most aggressive preseason bonus offers when you visit TODAY.