NFL odds: Packers, Vikings opening U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday Night Football
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has yet to officially announce his team’s starting quarterback for Sunday night, but count on the newly acquired Sam Bradford to be the guy—the betting line would likely swing towards Green Bay if Shaun Hill starts under center for a second game.
As it stands now, the Packers are small three-point road favorites in Minnesota’s first game at U.S. Bank Stadium at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The Vikings opened the season with a 25–16 win over the Tennessee Titans, in which Hill completed 18-of-33 passes for 236 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson was also held in check, totaling just 31 rushing yards on 19 carries, but the defense picked up the slack with two defensive touchdowns to turn an early 10–0 deficit into a 25–10 lead.
Green Bay is coming off a 27–23 road win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, falling just short of covering the spread as 4.5-point chalk. The Packers did not play particularly well defensively, allowing Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles to throw for 320 yards while Aaron Rodgers totaled only 199.
However, the Packers still improved to 11–3 straight up in their last 14 games as road favorites, and have gone 10-2-1 SU in the past 13 meetings with the Vikes. The road team won both meetings between the division rivals last season.
Before that matchup kicks off there are two late-afternoon games on the Week 2 Sunday slate that might be worth betting as well.
The Indianapolis Colts will be trying to avoid a third straight 0–2 start when they visit the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos as six-point road underdogs. The Colts have won eight of the past nine meetings with a 9–0 mark against the spread, according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and they are 21–9 ATS in their last 30 off a loss
Like Indianapolis, the Jaguars are also looking to bounce back on the road as they travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers. They are smaller road dogs than the Colts (three points) and will be facing a San Diego team that lost leading receiver Keenan Allen to a torn ACL in a 33–27 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last week
The Chargers have won the past five meetings with the Jaguars both SU and ATS but they are 1–6 ATS in their last seven games at home.