Sunday’s marquee NFL matchup has the Minnesota Vikings at home to the Green Bay Packers in a pivotal NFC North contest. With the Vikings sitting at 7-2 and one game up on the Packers, they could vault themselves into a great position to take home the division title.
The Packers are reeling right now, having lost three straight games. You’d have to go all the way back to 2008 — Aaron Rodgers’s first year as a starting quarterback — to find the last time that Green Bay has lost four in a row. Meanwhile, the complete opposite is true for the Vikings as they’re playing their best football of the year. Minnesota has won five in a row and have made their backers a lot of cash in doing so.
This matchup could very well come down to the running games for both teams. Green Bay’s complete inability to run the ball has allowed opposing defenses to drop several players into coverage and open up little down the field for Rodgers. Through the first six games of the year, the Packers were rushing for an average of 127.3 yards per game, but those numbers have been cut in half over their mini three-game losing skid.
Minnesota, on the other hand, boasts the league’s leading rusher in Adrian Peterson. Peterson is coming off a 203-yard outing against the Raiders and could take advantage of a Packers stop unit that has struggled defending the run in the past.
Green Bay won both contests against Minnesota a year ago, but this Vikings team is better than they were last season. The visiting team is also just 2-7 against the spread in its last nine games in this matchup according to the OddsShark NFL Database.
With that being said, it is extremely difficult to bet against Rodgers when you’re not getting points. With the game listed as a pick’em at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, we’ll look for the Packers to get back on track as they’re a solid 7-2-1 SU in their last 10 games after consecutive losses.