Vikings vs. Packers Point Spread: NFL Week 17 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 01, 2022

The Packers could clinch the top seed in the NFC playoffs on Sunday night in Week 17 with a victory over the visiting Vikings and with some help earlier in the day.

Minnesota
8-9
AT
January 02, 2022, 8:20 PM ET
Lambeau Field
Green Bay
13-4
Pointspread +13.5 -105
Moneyline +515
Over / Under o +43

32%

Betting Action

68%

Pointspread -13.5 -115
Moneyline -750
Over / Under u +43

32%

Betting Action

68%

The Packers are 6.5-point favourites on the NFL odds with a total of 47.5 points.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Green Bay (12-3) already has won the NFC North and would be the NFC’s top seed if it wins out but also with a victory Sunday night over Minnesota and a Dallas Cowboys home loss to the Arizona Cardinals in a 4:25 p.m. ET kickoff. The way the Cardinals are playing lately, that’s not too likely.

Minnesota (7-8) sits eighth in the NFC and a loss in this game eliminates the Vikings. If they win out, they can get a wild-card spot.

These division rivals usually play close games and the Packers haven’t lost since a wild 34-31 defeat in the Twin Cities in Week 11. Both quarterbacks were brilliant as Aaron Rodgers threw for 385 yards and four scores and Kirk Cousins 341 yards and three TDs.  Greg Joseph won it on a 29-yard field goal as time expired.

Of note, Cousins was placed on the Vikings Covid-reserve list on Friday and will miss this game. Sean Mannion or Kellen Mond are expected to start.

Including playoffs, Green Bay holds a 63-56-3 edge over Minnesota in the all-time series. Rodgers is 15-10-1 against the Vikings. The underdog is 4-0 against the spread in the past four meetings.

Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota did itself no playoff favours Sunday in a 30-23 home loss to the Rams, although there’s no shame in losing to an excellent Los Angeles team. The Vikings had an awful day on special teams, including allowing a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown. Kirk Cousins threw for 315 yards, a TD and a pick. Justin Jefferson caught eight balls for 116 yards and now has the most receiving yardage of any player in history in his first two NFL seasons.

Pro Bowl running back Dalvin Cook was out in protocols and probably won’t play in this game because he’s reportedly not vaccinated. Pro Bowl receiver Adam Thielen was limited to 23 snaps in his return from injury. Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its past seven road games.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay won its fourth in a row on Christmas, 24-22 over the Browns thanks in large part to four interceptions of Cleveland QB Baker Mayfield. The Green Bay defence didn’t play great otherwise, allowing 408 total yards and 28 first downs. The Browns also converted 7-of-12 third downs, including five when they needed six or more yards. Aaron Rodgers had three TD passes to pass Brett Favre for the most career TD throws in Packers history and is now favoured to win a second straight NFL MVP Award and fourth career. All three touchdowns by the Packers came after Mayfield interceptions.

Davante Adams caught 10 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Aaron Jones limped off but is expected to be fine. Green Bay must activate Pro Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander from injured reserve this week or his season is over.

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