What does Aaron Rodgers have planned for an encore? The Green Bay quarterback orchestrated a game-winning touchdown drive in the final minute of last week’s win over Dallas, giving the Packers plenty of momentum as they head to Minneapolis for a divisional date with the Vikings. Minnesota moved back above the .500 mark with a Monday night win over Chicago and has played Green Bay tough at home in recent meetings.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Point spread: Vikings +3.5 Date: Sunday, October 15, 1 p.m. ET Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Point Spread and Betting Analysis
Minnesota is giving away a little more than a field goal – and that half-point could loom large. Each of the last three meetings between the teams in Minnesota has been settled by a field goal, with the Vikings prevailing twice over that span. Each team has covered five times in their last 10 encounters overall, with Green Bay prevailing 38-25 as a six-point fave in their previous encounter last Christmas Eve.
Sports Interaction bettors are squarely on Green Bay’s side, with 93 percent of the action in favor of the Packers. They’re also nearly unanimous on the 47-point total, with 99 percent of bettors choosing the over. Prior to their last meeting late in 2016, the teams had played to the under in four consecutive encounters, with only one of those games featuring more than 33 combined points between the clubs.
While the Packers thrive after struggling, the Vikings tend to suffer a post-victory letdown; they’ve failed to cover in any of their last five games following a straight-up win. Minnesota is, however, thriving at home in the first half this season, averaging 14.7 points before the break. They have a decent shot at winning the race to 10 points, which pays +110 on Sports Interaction; a Minnesota TD as the first scoring play comes in at +240.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers have bounced back nicely from shoddy defensive efforts over the years, going 38-16 ATS after allowing more than 350 yards in their previous game. They’ve also played to the over in six straight road games, and 10 of their last 11 contests against NFC foes. If you’re a believer in that trend continuing, you can buy a few extra points on the total and cash in at +125 on Sports Interaction for a successful over-50 wager.
Packers vs. Vikings Prediction
Packers 24, Vikings 20