If you’re looking for a game with importance, SNF between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers will appeal to you. Following the Packers humiliating loss to the Arizona Cardinals last week, the opportunity opens up for a winner take all matchup for the NFC North. Finally a team that has competed with the Packers for the division. The Vikings have answered the call, and have been a thorn in the side of the Packers who have cruised in the division in recent memory. The Lions had their moments, but the Vikings are stepping up to the plate. All it will take is a win from the Vikings to take the division crown from the Packers. The Vikes blew the Giants out of the water last week on SNF to earn a spot in the playoffs with at least a Wild Card berth. A win today would give them even more, a division crown and home playoff game.
It will be up to Teddy Bridgewater and company on the road at Lambeau Field. A fitting way to end the 2015 regular season at the historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The Packers should be feeling good about being back home, because they hated their stay in Arizona last week. A 38-8 drubbing by the Cardinals made their trip to Arizona a tough one. The game was broadcasted nationally as the game of the week, so everyone was able to see how outmatched the Packers looked against the Cards. The offensive line was getting manhandled every snap, with the Cardinals forcing Aaron Rodgers into mistakes and a beating he needs to forget and put in the past.
Soon after Aaron Rogers and the Packers were humiliated, the world was able to get a glimpse of how good the Vikings are against the New York Giants. Everyone was watching that one too, as the Vikes put on quite the showing. Bridgewater was making good decisions, the running game was working, and the defense put on a clinic. It was a perfect night for the Vikings in their 48-17 win. The offense has been playing well the last two weeks, accumulating 87 points for a 43.5 point average. I think the defense will travel for the Vikings, but they need the offense to come put to play as well in the postseason. They would love to get another big outing from the offense tonight against the Packers who were just torched for 38 points. Let’s get to the pick for what is essentially the NFC North Championship.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers NFL Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +3(-110)
vs. Green Bay Packers -3(-110)
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Vikings vs. Packers Pick:
The Packers will look to ignite Lambeau Field and make last week a thing of the past. The great teams are able to shake off those kind of losses like nothing happened. A big win over the Vikings and another division crown in the NFC North would do just that. There is no denying here, that the Packers haven’t been the same this season. Rodgers has looked off, and the offense hasn’t been putting up the kind of points we have witnessed in the past. Some people want to discount the lack of Jordy Nelson, but he is a great player and Rodgers is missing him sorely. I have noticed countless times where Rodgers has delivered the ball on target and his receivers fail to make a big play. I’m looking at you Davante Adams. Adams expected to have a big coming out party this season with Nelson out, but he’s looked like a big bust. All he has is 429 yards and 1 touchdown on the season. For those of you that drafted him in your fantasy leagues, you can surely talk about how much of a bust he has been.
I suspect that Adams needs one big game, a multi-touchdown affair with 150 yards to gain some confidence. The stage, however, has looked too big for him it seems. The offense is 24th in the league and has scored only 23.7 points per game. The Vikings are 26th in the NFL, scoring 23 points per game. The Packers made it look easy against the Vikings earlier in the season in Minnesota, a 30-13 win for the Packers. The Pack have beat the Vikings six straight times. The Vikes haven’t won since 2012. Everybody saw how bad the Packers were last week, and how good the Vikings were. I expect a lot of Vikings’ money because of it. However, I see Aaron Rodgers coming through in the clutch and Bridgewater weltering. The Packers win on SNF and take the NFC North for another year.
PICK: PACKERS -3 (-110)