Seahawks vs. Vikings: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for 'Monday Night Football'

This week’s edition of Monday Night Football is the second-consecutive night game between playoff contenders from the NFC West and NFC North. This time, the team from the West is hosting, and hoping for a better result than the Rams had against the Bears on Sunday night. 

The Seahawks, current holders of the No. 5 seed with their 7-5 record and owners of a three-game winning streak, host the Vikings, currently occupying the No. 6 slot with their 6-5-1 record. This game could hold massive importance to the playoff picture, especially if the Vikes can’t come away with a win. 

Both squads are likely playing only for wild-card spots right now given how far behind their respective division leaders they sit, but owning the tiebreaker here could be huge in determining not only who plays in Chicago or Dallas

MLB rumors: Angels could be sleeper team at winter meetings as Mike Trout moves two years away from free agency

The clock is ticking for the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Trout is two seasons away from free agency, and while the club will surely try to sign him long-term, they can’t assume he’ll be back until he puts pen to paper. The Halos have only played three postseason games, all losses, in Trout’s seven full seasons.

It is no surprise then that, as a result of their Trout-induced urgency, the Angels are trying to be aggressive so far this offseason. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports the Angels made quiet runs at free-agent hurlers Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi, only to watch them sign elsewhere. Here are some more details from Rosenthal:

Upgrades to the rotation will be necessary if the team is serious about returning to contention behind perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout … The Angels, who

How to watch Seattle vs. Minnesota: NFL live stream info, TV channel, time, game odds

Who’s Playing

Seattle Seahawks (home) vs. Minnesota Vikings (away)

Current records: Seattle 7-5; Minnesota 6-5-1

What to Know

Seattle have the luxury of staying at home another week and will welcome Minnesota at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday. Seattle will be strutting in after a victory while Minnesota will be stumbling in from a loss.

The match is expected to be a close one, with Seattle going off at just a 3-point favorite. They are currently two for two ATS in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.

Seattle brought a two-game winning streak into their game against San Francisco last week; they left with a three-game streak. Seattle made easy work of San Francisco and carried off a 43-16 win. Russell Wilson was the offensive standout of the game for Seattle, as

NBA DFS: Joel Embiid and top picks for Dec. 10 FanDuel, DraftKings daily fantasy basketball lineups

The 2018-19 NBA DFS season rolls on Monday, Dec. 10, with 11 games on the slate that gets underway at 7 p.m. ET. Many of the league’s best players, including Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, will be on the floor, but there are injury concerns as well with Victor Oladipo (knee) ruled out and John Wall (heel) considered doubtful. With $300,000 on the line in the NBA Shot on FanDuel, and DraftKings running a $350K Big Jam, be sure to check out the top NBA DFS picks, lineups and advice from Mike McClure, a professional DFS player who has won almost $2 million in his career. 

McClure is also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every minute of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like

Mike Tomlin after loss to Raiders: We probably could've put Ben Roethlisberger back on the field sooner

Ben Roethlisberger is now 0-4 in Oakland during his 15 NFL seasons, though it appeared he had a chance to snap that streak midway through Sunday’s game. He hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for a touchdown with 10 seconds left in the second quarter to give the Steelers a 14-10 lead. It was the eighth time in 2018 that Roethlisberger had led a touchdown drive in the final two minutes of the first half.

But Big Ben remained in the locker room when the Steeler took the field in the third quarter — he suffered a rib injury on a sack on the penultimate series in the first half. So backup quarterback Josh Dobbs was under center for the next four drives and the Steelers’ offense came to a grinding halt. Dobbs was 4 of 9 for 24 yards and an

Magic get 1st look at ROY candidate Luka Doncic when they face Mavs

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Preview: Magic try to pull out of recent slump against Mavericks

TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 8 p.m.

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Dallas called on a couple of its youngest down the stretch on Saturday, and, man did they produce.

Rookies Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson combined for the final 15 Dallas points when the Mavericks won their ninth straight home game in a 107-104 victory over Houston to improve to 11-2 at American Airlines Center.

Orlando will provide the next test Monday, although the Magic have struggled recently. The Magic have lost four of their last six after a 22-point loss at home to Indiana on Friday and have lost six of nine since going a season-high one game over .500 in the jumbled Southeast Division.

Both teams started a little slowly, but the Mavericks have blown past that while winning 10 of 13.

“Analyzing streaks is not my bag,” Dallas coach

Preview: Heat try to remain hot in LA as Dwyane Wade faces off against LeBron James for final time

TV: FOX Sports Sun TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 10 p.m.

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The Miami Heat have won four of five for the first time this season and they’ll try to stay on a roll when they visit the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Monday.

The Heat (11-14) are coming off back-to-back double-digit road wins against the Phoenix Suns on Friday and the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

The Lakers (16-10) will also be playing their third game in four days after losing at the San Antonio Spurs on Friday and winning at the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. Los Angeles has won five of its past six.

The Lakers beat the Heat 113-97 in Miami on Nov. 18.

Lakers forward LeBron James scored a season-high 51 points in his return to Miami, where he played four seasons, reaching the 50-point mark for

Report Card: Grading the Steelers’ 24-21 loss to the Raiders in Week 14

BTSC breaks out the red pen and assigns grades to the Steelers after their head-scratching loss in Oaktown.

The Steelers were attempting to get back on track against a 2-10 opponent on the road and it’s time to see if they made the grade or if a letter is going home to their parents, Spoiler alert…they didn’t and one will.

Despite my less than prestigious BTSC teaching certificate, I have to issue the necessary disclaimer. You know the story; of course, I’m not a football coach, or a teacher, but I play one in blogs and podcasts. All week, I found myself noticing just how equal the two teams actually are and that shows in their respective records. And then I realized that these teams both usually battle fiercely in tight contests. Then the game happened and judgments followed.

Grading games is an extremely difficult and somewhat thankless task. While the coaches’ grades, of course, are what count the most, the media and fans can’t help but evaluate as well.

So let’s take a look at BTSC’s early perceptions:

Offense: C-

Ben Roethlisberger was 25/29 with 2 TDs and it doesn’t matter that his stat line was prettier than his actual play on the field, because he was great when he came back in late in the game. Why Josh Dobbs (a pitiful 4/9 for 24 yards and an interception) stayed in so long even after Ben was medically cleared is a mystery that can’t be answered with the ridiculousness of Mike Tomlin’s explanation, “We were in the flow of the game”.

Ben couldn’t account for the paltry running game either. James Conner’s absence was glaring. Stevan Ridley had four yards on five carries, while rookie Jaylen Samuels was a little better with 92 total yards (28 yards on 11 carries and 64 yards receiving), but not much. The offensive line was pretty good pass blocking, but couldn’t open holes against a team ranked 22nd in run defense.

AB had only five catches on seven targets. He should have been called upon more. The best performance on offense was put in by JuJu Smith-Schuster. No. 19 had eight catches for 130 yards and 2 scores.

Defense: F

The defensive line continues to play well with Cam Heyward, Javon Hargrave and Stephon Tuitt put pressure on Derek Carr and engulfed ball carriers. TJ Watt and Bud Dupree were very good as well. Then there was the inside linebackers and the secondary. Simply put…Horrendous. They were dominated by TEs that went for 108 yards against them. When you continue to blow leads, it’s a problem that isn’t being addressed properly. This team folds when it needs a big stop.

Special Teams: D-

Not special at all. Berry had a decent first punt, but was poor after that. They weren’t getting penalized, that’s good. But Boswell cost the team another game. That’s unacceptable.

Overall Grade: F

While a lot of suspects could be pointed ar for losing to a 2-10 team, Mike Tomlin gets the lion’s share of the blame. Call timeouts and play your franchise quarterback. It’s that simple. This was a huge opportunity lost and it isn’t acceptable.

PREVIEW: LA Clippers look to continue dominance over Suns (5:30p, Prime Ticket)

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The Los Angeles Clippers had their way with the Phoenix Suns when it mattered most in their previous meeting this season, dominating the paint while pulling away to a 16-point victory almost two weeks ago.

Consider it part of the education of Suns center Deandre Ayton, the 7-foot piece of their future.

And although the Clippers are in a mini-skid since stopping the Suns 115-99 on Nov. 28, the Suns have been going through much worse heading into Monday’s game.

Getting back to his roots.@Ohmeomy joined @mattmoneysmith and @MoveTheSticks on the broadcast at today’s @Chargers game. pic.twitter.com/AC9dbFWzur

— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) December 10, 2018

Phoenix (4-22) has lost eight in a row, 11 of 12 and is off to the worst start in franchise history.

The Clippers dominated the boards in the previous meeting in Los Angeles, rolling up a 56-34 rebounding edge.

How dominant?

Forwards Danilo Gallinari and Tobias