A fierce NFC North divisional rivalry will resume on Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota VIkings head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers.
Minnesota will be optimistic that a win over the Packers could serve as a second-half springboard for some success in what has been a difficult campaign thus far. The Vikes are 1-5 on the year and despite some flashes of excellent play, this is a team with some glaring holes.
And though many believed these two squads would be comparable this season, it really has been anything but thus far. The Packers have been efficient on offense and stifling on defense, while Minnesota remains inconsistent in all facets of the game.
These teams met back in Week 1, and it was a dominant Green Bay outing – led by a motivated Aaron Rodgers. The Packers could simply name their number on offense, and while Minnesota has adjusted since then, only time will tell if this game will tighten up at all.
Regardless of their records and current form, the Packers/Vikings rivalry remains one of the best in football. Sunday’s early showdown should again produce some excitement, so continue reading on beneath the odds for a tactical breakdown and betting selection for this NFC North divisional clash.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +7 (-110)
@ Green Bay Packers -7 (-110)
Over 50 (-110)
Under 50 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Pick:
Back when these teams first faced-off, it was simply the Aaron Rodgers show. The veteran quarterback clearly entered this season agitated about his premature demise and likely the draft pick of Jordan Love. Rodgers took his frustrations out on a weakened Vikings’ stop unit in Week 1, though Minnesota and defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer will make adjustments.
While you can’t ever truly stop Aaron Rodgers, look for Minnesota to have some sort of plan with their secondary as they emerge from a crucial bye week. This game represents a big turning point potentially within their season, and the Vikings’ defense simply must be better if they’re to have any shot.
One area Minnesota could exploit is the Packers’ offensive line. It’s banged up at the moment and they’ll likely be without both Lane Taylor and David Bakhtiari. Without that solid duo, there will be openings for the Vikings’ rushers to get into the backfield and in Rodgers’ face. Without time and space, he isn’t the same lethal thrower.
In addition to a better defensive outing in Week 7, the Vikes too have changed a lot offensively since Week 1. Justin Jefferson is now firmly entrenched as a top receiver for Minnesota, giving Kirk Cousins more weapons to throw to and stretch the field.
Finally, Dalvin Cook is scheduled to return for Minnesota as well. The dynamic runner was clearly missed and adds another layer of game-breaking ability to an improving Vikings’ attack.
Although Minnesota entered the bye week with a dud performance, this team isn’t anywhere near 1-5 bad. They’ve endured some bad luck and tough breaks with injuries, but as they get healthier and rested coming out of their week off – Minnesota could be a team to watch here in the second-half of the season.
Sunday should be quite the windy day at Lambeau Field, which likely nullifies Green Bay’s most lethal weapon in this matchup – their passing game. Running the ball will be crucial in this divisional clash, and with the Vikings getting Dalvin Cook back, while Green Bay’s Aaron Jones remains doubtful – Minnesota seems to be a solid option catching a full touchdown. Roll with the Vikes to keep things tight on Sunday.