Massive showdown in Title Town here. Both the Vikings and Packers are not only heavyweights in the NFC, but the entire NFL. This promises to be the main event of a great Sunday card.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
These two franchises have meet 115 times in the history of the organizations. The Packers are the most frequent opponent of the Vikings in franchise history. The Pack hold a slim 60-53-2 overall lead. Last season the Vikings swept the home and home series for the first time since 2009, including a 16-0 win at Lambeau Field (Dec. 23, 2017). It should be noted that the Vikings are 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games against the Packers and the underdog is this series is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.
The Vikings are coming off a big 24-16 victory over the 49ers in Week 1. Quarterback Kirk Cousins had a strong debut as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. He was 20-of-36 for 244 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. In two career games against the Packers, Cousins has played well passing for 704 yards (50-of-76), four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Receiver Adam Thielen caught six balls for 102 yards, while Stefan Diggs recorded a touchdown on 43 receiving yards. Diggs has been a thorn in Green Bay’s side with 25 receptions for 345 yards and three touchdowns in five career games against the Pack.
The Vikings had the best total defence last season and it continued in Week 1 against the 49ers. The team held quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a passer rating of 45.1 and three interceptions. Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson also had a monster debut recording six tackles and three quarterback hits in the win.
Green Bay Packers
To play or not to play, that is the big question surrounding Packers super star quarterback Aaron Rodgers at practice this week. As you know, Rodgers left the game in the first half against the Bears on Sunday night, only to return in the second half and rally the team to a stunning 24-23 come from behind victory. Rodgers did not practice Wednesday afternoon, but is likely to play on the weekend according to the Minnesota Vikings.
“He walks on water so I’m sure he’s going to play,” said Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer Wednesday morning when asked if his defence is preparing for the multi-time Pro Bowler. Receivers Randall Cobb (nine catches for 142 yards) and Davante Adams (five grabs for 88 yards) were major contributors to the win. The win marked the first time in franchise history at Lambeau Field that the Packers won after trailing by 17-plus points entering the fourth quarter (according the Elias Sports Bureau).
Vikings vs. Packers Prediction
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