Another week, and yet another huge Sunday night showdown featuring divisional rivals. For this week, we will help to Minnesota where the Vikings will host their bitter rivals – the Green Bay Packers.
Both of these teams surely envisioned they’d be better off by this point in the season, though the ascension of the Chicago Bears this year has changed the dominance Minnesota and Green Bay have long exerted over this division. Entering Week 12, the Vikes come in at a 5-4-1 record, while the Packers are 4-5-1. This is clearly a huge game in terms of playoff positioning, and though we are still in November – it could play a key role in deciding who is playing come January, and who is watching at home.
Regardless of the scenario, the Packers and Vikings match-ups always produce quality football. This week should be no different, and in a primetime spot – expect a lot of fireworks for the Week 12 edition of Sunday Night Football. As always, read on below for a full game breakdown and official betting analysis and selection for the Packers vs. Vikings.
Packers vs. Vikings Betting Odds:
Green Bay Packers +3.5 (-110)
@ Minnesota Vikings -3.5 (-110)
Over 48 (-110)
Under 48 (-110)
Packers vs. Vikings Pick:
Unfortunately for Green Bay, they enter this game battling some key injuries at the wrong time. Minnesota has had some highly public issues with the blocking along their offensive line. Kirk Cousins has been getting hounded at times, though he should get a bit of a reprieve this week. It is expected that the Packers will be without Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark from their defensive line. Without that dynamic duo, Cousins will have a ton of time and space to operate from the pocket. Minnesota should be able to finally get a run game going with Dalvin Cook, and with room, Cousins should be able to pick apart Green Bay’s secondary. The Vikes’ offense has been stagnant at times this season, but at the moment it matches up quite well with this depleted Packers group. Expect Minnesota to move the chains.
On the other side of the football, expect Minnesota’s defensive line to be fully healthy and ready to make a difference. Green Bay has had blocking issues of their own recently, and Aaron Rodgers’ time and space will be limited. Specifically, look for both Linval Joseph and Sheldon Richardson to be able to win their matchups easily and provide a heavy interior presence for Minnesota.
In terms of help and support for Rodgers – it’s very gloomy entering this huge game. Geronimo Allison is already out injured, while Randall Cobb is unlikely to suit up as well. Jimmy Graham will play through a broken thumb, while Davante Adams will be completely blanketed by the talented Xavier Rhodes. Rodgers’ receiving options will be very limited.
The Packers might be able to get the run game going with Aaron Jones who enters in fine form, though the Vikings’ are quite stout against the rush. Minnesota currently seems to match up really well with their rivals, and I am quite surprised the spread in this one isn’t higher, especially with Minnesota at home. The line has moved off of a key number – from 3 points to 3.5, but the Vikings do too much well, and should be able to prevail by a touchdown.
PICK = Vikings -3.5 (-110)