NFL Power Rankings: Week 5
NFL Power Rankings: Week 5
Wednesday October 1st, 2014

The Green Bay Packers have regained their confidence after a big win over rival Chicago Bears last week. Now the Packers will try to beat another NFC North opponent on Thursday Night Football in the Minnesota Vikings, who are just 4-10 against the spread in their last 14 road games vs. divisional foes. Green Bay is a double-digit favorite for the fourth time in the last eight meetings at -10 and has gone 6-3 ATS in the past nine games between the teams.

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The Packers beat the Bears 38-17 last Sunday as two-point road favorites at sportsbooks monitored by behind another stellar performance from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns. Green Bay had lost to the Detroit Lions 19-7 on the road the week before, making bettors wonder if this team could overcome some key injuries and remain a top contender for the division title. Those questions were answered at Chicago, and now the Pack will try to earn consecutive wins for the first time this season against Minnesota.

The Vikings are coming off an impressive 41-28 home win over the Atlanta Falcons with rookie QB Teddy Bridgewater making his first career start. The NFL odds at the sportsbooks moved in Atlanta’s favor to -5.5 in the biggest jump of Week 4, but Bridgewater played well with 317 passing yards to help lead his team to thevictory before spraining his ankle late in the game. However, the injury is not viewed as serious, so Bridgewater is expected to make his first road start at Lambeau Field.

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This Green Bay vs. Minnesota matchup has a few more betting trends favoring the home team. The Packers are 8-2 ATS in their past 10 home games against NFC North opponents and 4-1 vs. the line in the last five home meetings with the Vikings. The only real negative trend going against Green Bay involves the team going 0-3-1 ATS in its past four games as a home favorite. These teams have also participated in some high-scoring games in the series, with the OVER going 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.

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