The Green Bay Packers travel to their next-door neighbor to take on the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 15, 2017, in a big NFC North showdown. The Packers enter this contest 4-1, the best record in the NFC, with the Vikings right behind them. No doubt that both teams will be looking for the big victory here, knowing that it will put the winner in first place.
The Packers are 3-2 against the spread this season and are 10-4 in their last 14 against the spread. In their last six games against the Vikings, the Packers are 2-4 against the spread on the road in Minnesota. In their last 11 games, they have gone over the total in 12 of those games, but have gone under in four of their last five games in Minnesota. The Vikings are 2-3 against the spread this season but are 11-3 against the spread in their last 14 games at home. They have gone under in four of their last five games when playing Green Bay.
Packers vs. Vikings
Spread: Green Bay -3 (-110) Get the latest NFL odds direct from Las Vegas with WagerTalk Live Lines. Make sure to check out our NFL database where you can look up historic results/stats for millions of NFL situations
Moneyline: Green Bay -165; Minnesota +145
Totals: over/under 46.5 (-110)
GREEN BAY PACKERS
The Green Bay Packers are riding high right now with the best record in the NFC. After losing to the Atlanta Falcons, they have won their last three games, primarily because of the play superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rogers is already establishing himself as the likely MVP candidate, 1367 yards and 13 touchdowns. Two of the last three weeks he’s led dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks, which is led his team to victory.
It seems that a new receiver steps up each week, and last week it was Davante Adams, who now has 23 receptions for 285 yards and four touchdowns. Randall Cobb is tied for the team lead and receptions and has 218 yards receiving and a TD. Jordy Nelson continues to star for the team, making 19 catches for 230 yards and six scores.
The running game has gone nowhere this season for the Packers, but Aaron Jones looks like he may be the answer after a huge performance against the Dallas Cowboys last weekend. Jones carried the ball 19 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns and was a prime reason why the Packers pulled out the victory over Dallas.
This Green Bay defense is playing well despite a number of injuries. They have recorded 11 sacks, led by Clay Matthews and Perry who both have 2.5. The Packers have three interceptions and have recorded three fumble recoveries.
Minnesota has been in two straight close games, losing to the Detroit Lions two weeks ago, 14-7, before defeating the Chicago Bears late on Monday night, 20-17. Sam Bradford having to sit out a large portion of Monday night’s game, Case Keenum came in and performed well. Keenum has passed for 895 yards and four touchdowns in his brief appearance for the team. What the Vikings coaching staff has to really like is that in 121 attempts he has yet to throw an interception and has been sacked just four times. If he keeps performing this well it may be difficult for the team to insert Bradford back into the lineup.
Dalvin Cook seems to have taken over the running duties and he has been performing well. In 74 attempts, Cook has rushed for 354 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings will need him to have a huge day against the Packers to keep Rogers and his offense on the sidelines.
The Vikings only have nine sacks this season, led by Everson Griffen who has six. Only two other Minnesota players have sacks, and they are going to need a bigger performance from others on the team if they are going to keep Rodgers from shredding their defense. They have recorded five fumble recoveries and four interceptions.
Packers vs. Vikings Betting Lines
This is always one of the most exciting games of the year, as these two teams have an absolute hatred for one another. The fact that the division lead is on the line is extra incentive teams in this contest. The major difference between the two is that Green Bay has the superior quarterback. No offense to Keenum, but he is no Aaron Rodgers. You also have to like the fact that the Packers have an additional day to prepare for this game as Minnesota played Monday night. Take the Packers to win this contest and cover the spread, and expect this to be a higher scoring affair than most would figure.
My Pick: Green Bay -3 (-110)
Total: Over 46.5 (-110)