Aaron Rodgers is playing like he wants another Super Bowl ring. The three-time and reigning MVP is also looking to add a fourth award to his trophy case, but I’m sure he’d gladly take another shot at an NFL Championship instead. The Green Bay Packers have already clinched the NFC North title and can secure the No. 1 seed in the conference by winning their remaining two games.
And they’d certainly like to avenge one of their three losses when they host the Minnesota Vikings in the Week 17 edition of Sunday Night Football. The Vikings are still mathematically alive for the postseason, but another loss seals their fate as a non-playoff team. Minnesota won the first meeting in Week 11, their second straight in the series, and they are positioned as a 6.5-point underdog in this one.
Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers Date & Time
This Week 17 NFL regular season game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers will take place at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 2, 2021 and will be televised on NBC.
Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers Odds
Minnesota Vikings +6.5 | Green Bay Packers -6.5 [BET NOW]
Over/Under 47 [BET NOW]
Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers MatchUp
When the line surfaced with the Vikings catching 7-points they weren’t too concerned. After all they’ve been quite good as an underdog in the series. They closed as a 1-point dog in the first meeting winning outright 34-31. And they were getting 6-points when the clubs met in Lambeau last season winning that game outright 28-22. They are 5-2 SU and ATS in the last seven meetings when catching points.
The line has been wagered down to GB -6.5. Green Bay went on a massive heater after their opening day loss with nine straight payouts while going 8-1 SU. They’ve cooled off a bit at the betting window failing to cover in their last two games while going 2-3 ATS in their last five. They have been good at home, though, winning all seven games this season and 12 in a row during the regular season dating back to last season going 9-3 ATS.
A few breaks here and there and the season could have a different look. Instead the Vikings face an uphill battle to make the playoffs. They controlled their own fate heading into last week’s matchup with the Rams, but they failed the first test and now need help. And they’ll have to play the remainder of the season without Adam Thielen, who aggravated an ankle injury and was placed on IR.
The loss will certainly affect the passing game with unproven K.J. Osborn the likely replacement. Thielen has 67 catches for 726 yards with a team-high 10 touchdowns. His absence will give Green Bay an opportunity to concentrate on Justin Jefferson, who leads the team with 97 receptions and 1,451 yards. The Vikings have a top-10 passing game, but they need Kirk Cousins to limit the turnovers. He’s thrown four interceptions over the past three games after only three picks in his first 12.
Dalvin Cook was activated off the COVID list this week giving the offense a needed boost. Cook leads the NFC and is fourth in the entire league with 1,067 rushing yards. He had a monster game a few weeks ago with 205 yards on 27 carries against Pittsburgh. And stopping the run has been an issue for the Packers. They’re 18th in the NFL against the run and allow nearly 5.0 yards per rush attempt, next to last. We can expect a lot of Cook in this game.
Green Bay Packers
Titletown is hoping for another chance to host a title game. It wouldn’t be the Big Game, but it’s the next best thing. The Packers can clinch the No. 1 seed in the NFC with a win and a Dallas loss meaning they could host the NFC Championship for a second straight season. They would have to get there of course, but the conference title would go through Green Bay.
And the Pack would embrace the chance. They lost to Tampa Bay last season with their last three and four of their last five playoff appearances ending one win short of the Super Bowl. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have much time left and he’s playing like he wants another Super Bowl shot.
Rodgers didn’t have a lot of passing yards last week, but three of his 24 completions went for touchdowns giving him 16 TD passes and no interceptions in his last five games. Holding onto the football has been a trademark the last few seasons and the Packers have the fewest turnovers in the league with just 10. The defense intercepted four Baker Mayfield passes last week giving the Packers 26 takeaways and the best turnover margin in the NFL at plus-16.
Minnesota vs Green Bay Prediction
Green Bay played tight games the last two weeks winning both by a combined total of three points. It seems like they know how to close out games while the Vikings have had a difficult time.
But Minnesota always comes to play against the Packers and their recent success against the division rival has me leaning their way. Besides, with no room for error you can expect Minnesota to pull out all the tricks.
And what would a Vikings game be if it wasn’t close? Give me the points.
Prediction: Minnesota Vikings +6.5 and OVER 47
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