Vikings vs. Packers Point Spread: NFL Week 8 Odds, Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 27, 2020

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The Minnesota Vikings went 1-5 before last week's bye. Now they head to Lambeau field as underdogs again.

Minnesota
4-6
AT
November 01, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
Lambeau Field
Green Bay
7-3
Pointspread +6 -115
Moneyline +235
Over / Under o +48

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Pointspread -6 -105
Moneyline -284
Over / Under u +48

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Betting Action

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The hugely disappointing Minnesota Vikings come out of their bye week Sunday in Week 8 and look to avoid a season sweep to the rival Green Bay Packers, who opened as 6.5-point home favourites on the NFL odds with a total of 55.

NFL Week 8 Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Minnesota is just 2-8 straight up (SU) and 2-8 against the spread (ATS) in its past 10 out of a bye week and has dropped its past two SU & ATS. Green Bay had its bye in Week 5.

This series tends to be one of streaks and right now Green Bay is on the right side of one. The Packers won and covered for the third straight vs. Minnesota in Week 1, 43-34 in the Twin Cities. That somewhat foreshadowed the Vikings’ coming problems this year as they allowed 522 yards. Aaron Rodgers was terrific in throwing for 364 yards and four scores. Davante Adams had a franchise-record-tying 14 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Green Bay also rushed for 158 yards and a TD and didn’t turn it over. It was the most points Minnesota allowed since coach Mike Zimmer was hired in 2014.

The game wasn’t really that close as it was 29-10 entering the fourth quarter. Vikings QB Kirk Cousins ended up with decent numbers in throwing for 259 yards, two TDs and a pick but most of the good stuff came in the fourth quarter with the game out of hand. Dalvin Cook rushed for two TDs.

This will mark the first time since 2009 that the Vikings and Packers will complete their regular-season series by Week 8. Including playoffs, Green Bay has an 8-3-2 mark against the Vikings at Lambeau Field since 2008. The Packers have scored at least 23 points in 11 of the last 14 home games in the series.

Minnesota is 3-8 against the spread in its past 11 at Green Bay. The total has gone under in nine of the past 12 meetings overall.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings made some big news during their bye, but not really what was expected. Some thought that Zimmer would be fired with the team off to its worst-ever start under him at 1-5, but instead the Vikings seemed to indicate they are in full tanking mode by trading excellent young defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to Baltimore for two draft picks. The same Ngakoue whom the Vikings traded two draft picks for to Jacksonville on the eve of the season. He had been playing very well with five sacks, two forced fumbles, seven quarterback hits and 12 tackles. There probably will be more deals coming by the Nov. 3 Trade Deadline.

Also during the bye, the Vikings ruled out former Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter for the season. He had yet to play in 2020 due to a neck issue that originally was called minor, but that clearly wasn’t true as Hunter had surgery to repair a herniated disc. Defensive back George Iloka tore his ACL during a bye-week practice. Cook, meanwhile, was leading the NFL in rushing before he missed a 40-23 Week 6 home loss to Atlanta with a groin injury, but he is likely to play this week. Cook, who got a big contract extension on the eve of the season, has 489 yards and seven TDs rushing. The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their past seven as underdogs.

Green Bay Packers

Green Bay bounced back from a lopsided Week 6 loss at Tampa Bay with a pretty easy 35-20 victory in Houston on Sunday. Rodgers, who had one of his worst career games vs. the Bucs, wasn’t intercepted by the Texans and had four TD throws. Rodgers became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with 50 career games of at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions, joining Tom Brady (60), Drew Brees (54) and Peyton Manning (51).

Adams had two of those TD catches and finished with 13 grabs for 196 yards. The offence converted 7-for-12 on third down and Adams had the first-down catch in all seven. Star running back Aaron Jones missed the game with a mild calf strain. So did left tackle David Bakhtiari, cornerback Kevin King and safety Darnell Savage due to injuries. The Packers are 4-1 ATS in their past five vs. the NFC North.

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