The NFL season is back as the first Sunday of action is on September 13. Thirteen matchups will be up on the board throughout Sunday. One of those games will be between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams will meet in a great divisional matchup in Week 1. This game will kick off around 1:00 PM Eastern time.
Green Bay finished out the 2019 season with a record of 13-3. The Packers finished in the top spot of the NFC North and earned a first round bye in the playoffs. Green Bay knocked off the Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional round, but lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Conference Championship. I expect the Packers to come out fast in Week 1 to try and have another great campaign.
The Vikings finished out the regular season with a record of 10-6 last season. Minnesota finished in the second spot of the NFC North, which put them in the playoffs as a Wild Card. The Vikings took down the New Orleans Saints, but lost to the 49ers. Minnesota will look to get a leg up on Green Bay as they try and push back towards the playoffs.
These two teams are coming off strong seasons in which saw them eliminated by the eventual NFC Champions. I expect both teams to come out strong in this one as both teams look to compete for the NFC North. This offseason has been an odd one and has not had a preseason, which could lead to a shaky start for both teams.
The Packets and the Vikings met up twice last season. The first meeting was in Green Bay on Week 2. Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdowns in the first quarter and Aaron Jones had a rushing touchdown to make it 21-0. Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins both had touchdowns, but the Vikings comeback came short. The Packers were able to earn the 21-16 win at home.
The second game of the season series was back in Week 16 in Minnesota. Stefon Diggs had a nice rushing touchdown reception to give the Vikings a 10-3 win. Aaron Jones ran for two touchdowns in the second half though to push the Packers to the win. Green Bay finished off Minnesota with a 23-10 win on the road to sweep the Vikings.
In the two games against Minnesota, Aaron Jones ran for 270 yards and three touchdowns. Aaron Rodgers threw for over 200 yards in both games as well to help propel the Packers to the win. Kirk Cousins threw three interceptions over the games, which also did not help Minnesota’s cause to knock off the Packers.
The Packers have one of the NFL’s top QB’s in Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is coming off a huge season for the Packers. He threw for 4002 yards, 26 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Rodgers had a great season for Green Bay, and it was without any top end Receivers. Now Rodgers will look to bounce back this season with another great season in a less than spectacular offense.
The Vikings saw Kirk Cousins step up throughout parts of last season to help lead Minnesota to the playoffs. Cousins three for 3603 yards with around a 70 percent completion percentage. Cousins threw 26 touchdowns against 6 interceptions on the season as well. The Vikings will look for Cousins to continue to step up as they enter the 2020 season.
Both of these Quarterbacks put up strong 2019 campaigns to lead their respective teams to the playoffs. Cousins had some more pressure on him later in the season after losing Davin Cook to injury, but with Cook back, this offense should be ready to roll. Rodgers will look to keep that magic up as Green Bay looks to prove they are still the top dog of the NFC North.
Offseason Additions and Losses
Green Bay did not do a lot to get better throughout this offseason. The Packers lost right tackle Bryan Bulaga and linebacker Blake Martinez in free agency. Green Bay replaced those players with Rick Wagner and Christian Kirksey though. The Packers lost Jimmy Graham as well, but added wide receiver Devin Funchess, who could step up in the offense for Aaron Rodgers.
The Vikings did a lot of their movement this offseason throughout the draft. Minnesota traded away Stefon Diggs, but picked up Justin Jefferson in the draft. The Vikings also lost Trae Waynes, Mackenzie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes, who are all cornerbacks. Minnesota picked up three new cornerbacks in the draft though.
The Vikings made a lot of moves throughout the draft, which could lead to a rough start. Minnesota is relying on these younger players to step up and play in regular season games right away, which could be tough. The Packers did not make any big moves to strengthen up what was a surprise team in the Conference Championship. Green Bay will rely on what they had last season to make another impressive run.
These two teams are coming off impressive seasons that saw them reach the playoffs. Green Bay did not add any weapons to a depleted offense though, which I think could catch up to them this season. The last time the Packers visited Minnesota, Dalvin Cook missed the game. With Cook off a new extension, I expect him to come out strong in this one against Green Bay.
BetOnline has the Vikings listed at -2 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a slight edge to Minnesota, which I agree with. The Vikings will be at home and while they have no fans, they will be more comfortable. Minnesota was swept by the Packers last season, which I expect them to bounce back with a big win at home to open up this season.