Spread: Vikings by 3.5
Money line: Packers +155.00; Vikings -185.19
Both teams entered the season expecting to contend for the division title. But at this point in the season, it looks like they are going to have their hands full just trying to secure a wild-card berth. A loss this week will make an already difficult battle even harder.
With the stakes being what they are, an entertaining game should be even better.
Green Bay will likely try to emulate what the Bears defence did to the Vikings last week—take away the run to make the offence one-dimensional and then make life miserable for Kirk Cousins. But with the 24th ranked run defence, that may be easier said than done.
Minnesota will likely try to do something similar. Aaron Jones has been running well lately, and they will not want him killing the clock as he runs wild on them. However, in taking away the run, they will put the game on the shoulders of Aaron Rodgers.
Do they really want to do that?
The way to beat the Packers is not to let Aaron Rodgers have a chance to get on the same page with his receivers. That means the Vikings will need to get their struggling running game going and move the chains.
So—who’s going to win?
Rodgers is the better QB of the two, but Cousins has more talent at wide receiver right now. That talent will make it easier or Cousins to get the Vikings offence on track and get out to a lead that Rodgers cannot overcome.
Take the Vikings to win straight up. But this is going to be a close game; take the Packers against the spread. As for the over/under—take the over.
*Odds via Betway.com