Vikings vs Packers NFL Betting Lines & Preview

Posted by Aaron . on January 1, 2016 in

Minnesota heads to Green Bay in a classic NFC North showdown that will determine who wins the division and has a home game in the wild card round next week. The Packers are favored by 3.5 points at home, which means that the betting public sees this as a pick’em adjusted by the usual three-point gap for the home team. For NFL betting lines, click here.

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Why should you take the Packers (-3.5)?

Even though the Packers were destroyed by Arizona last week and have shown some big holes on their offensive line, they appear to know what to do to beat the Vikings. In the last five meetings, Packer tailback Eddie Lacy has four 100-yard games. The offensive line doesn’t appear healthy enough to provide pass protection for Aaron Rodgers, so look for the Packers to grind out this win on the ground.

Minnesota’s offense will have both Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson at full strength.

Why should you bet on the Vikings (+3.5)?

Minnesota gave up six sacks in the teams’ first meeting in Minnesota. However, the Packers’ offensive line went down four starters last week and could quickly see themselves in a similar predicament this week. It’s true that the Pack have only lost once since 2005 to Minnesota at Lambeau, but there are simply too many injuries for Green Bay to overcome. Minnesota’s offense will have both Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson at full strength, which should give them enough to overwhelm the home team.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Until the Vikings show that they can beat Aaron Rodgers, it’s throwing away money to bet on them with a close line. I like the Packers to do just enough on the ground to stay in the heads of the Vikings, who will fall 24-20 (meaning the Packers win and cover).