Vikings at Packers
September 14, 2018
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By Kyle Markus
NFL Preview - Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers aren’t just the two best teams in the NFC North, but they are on the short list of Super Bowl contenders. Minnesota added quarterback Kirk Cousins in free agency this offseason and may have the NFL’s most complete team on offense and defense. The Packers may not be as deep but they have Aaron Rodgers, arguably the best player in the league.
However, Rodgers injured his knee in a season-opening win over the Bears, and while he returned to the game, it’s unknown if he will be ready for this one. That could be a game-day decision and whether Rodgers plays or not will have a huge effect on the spread.
The Vikings have a good shot at grabbing a crucial early-season road win if Rodgers can’t play. If he does the Packers should be favored in NFL gambling.
This NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers will be held at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin at 1 p.m ET on Sunday, September 16th, 2018. The game will be nationally televised on FOX.
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The Packers-Vikings spread is currently off the board because of Rodgers’ injury. He is such a key player and the line is going to move so much depending on his availability. Inactives have to be announced 90 minutes before the game, and that might be the only time we have real clarity on the situation.
Check back before the game in order to bet on this contest. The scoring total in addition to the spread is going to be affected depending on Rodgers’ plans in NFL wagering.
Rodgers suffered a knee injury against the Bears in the first half and left the game. He came back in the second half to help the team to the win, but there was a lot of adrenaline running on that day. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and it doesn’t seem like a given that Rodgers will play in this one as the knee could have swelled up after the game.
The Vikings knocked Rodgers out for a significant portion of the season in 2017 with a broken collarbone and the last thing the Packers want to do is see him suffer a setback. It will be interesting to see what happens with this situation but it will make headlines whenever Green Bay decides.
Last Time Out
Rodgers returned to the game against the Bears in Week 1 with his team trailing 20-0 and led the Packers to a 21-20 victory. He ended up completing 20-of-30 passes for 286 yards and three touchdowns. Chicago had a chance to pick him late but Kyle Fuller dropped the pass and Rodgers made him pay by finding Randall Cobb for a long score. The Packers generally go as Rodgers does and they were lucky he returned to this one as they eked out the win.
The Vikings looked very good in a 24-16 win over the 49ers. Cousins was 20-of-36 for 244 yards and two touchdowns, doing his damage early as Minnesota jumped out to a lead. The Vikings registered three interceptions including a pick-six by rookie Mike Hughes. The Vikings looked strong on both sides of the ball as they announced themselves early on as one of the best teams in the NFC.
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It’s tough to gauge this game until Rodgers’ availability becomes known, but the most likely scenario has him playing but at less than optimum capacity. With that in mind, the Vikings are too talented, even on the road. Take Minnesota to win this game as Rodgers will lack the mobility that makes him so tough for defenses to corral.
Keep an eye on the spread when it is announced in NFL odds.
NFL ATS Pick: Minnesota Vikings 27, Green Bay Packers 23
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