Black and Blue Division classic: Vikings vs Packers
Ah, the Black and Blue Division. We remember it well.
The visitors enter the game with a lot more positives than the hosts. Minnesota (No. 9 in AP Pro32) comes off routs of the Bears and Giants to get to 10-5. Green Bay (No. 10, AP Pro32), also is 10-5, but began the year 6-0 and comes off being annihilated by Arizona last week.
The Vikings are 3-point underdogs in a place where they haven't won since 2009.
''This is what it's all about this time of the year. It's time to buckle up and keep grinding. We know the opportunity is there in front of us,'' said linebacker Chad Greenway, one of three players on the active roster who were around for the last Vikings division title in 2009.
It's also time for the Packers to wake up, particularly on an offense that has stagnated despite having Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.
''I have faith in the football team regardless of what happened (in Arizona),'' coach Mike McCarthy said.
So do we.
KNOCKOUT LEAGUE TIP: Anyone who has survived in a knockout league to this point is a genius. Pro Picks is not and fell again last week with PITTSBURGH. We'll finish off the season with DENVER.
No. 21 New Orleans (plus 3 1/2) at No. 14 Atlanta
Falcons are primed to end season the way they began it.
BEST BET: FALCONS, 30-23
No. 19 Detroit (plus 1) at No. 23 Chicago
The other NFC North game, a who-cares affair.
UPSET SPECIAL: LIONS, 29-26
No. 20 Philadelphia (plus 3) at No. 22 New York Giants
Got feeling Giants will play harder for Tom Coughlin than Eagles will for interim coach.
No. 7 New York Jets (minus 3) at No. 17 Buffalo
Got feeling Jets will play harder for Todd than Bills will for Rex.
No. 11 Pittsburgh (minus 10) at No. 30 Cleveland
Last place that Steelers want to end their season is in Cleveland. Sorry.
No. 8 Seattle (plus 3 1/2) at No. 1 Arizona
Simply put, Cardinals are the better and healthier team.
No. 27 San Diego (plus 9) at No. 4 Denver
Broncos desperately need a bye in playoffs and will grab it.
No. 15 Oakland (plus 7) at No. 5 Kansas City
Can't see Chiefs slowing down against archrival, but it will be tight.
No. 24 Tampa Bay (plus 10) at No. 2 Carolina
Panthers made things tough on selves with first loss, must play regulars now.
No. 3 New England (minus 9) at No. 29 Miami
Patriots made things tough on selves with loss to Jets, must play regulars now - if they have enough of them.
No. 25 Baltimore (plus 7) at No. 6 Cincinnati
Bengals still kicking selves after blowing 14-point lead in Denver.
No. 26 Jacksonville (plus 6) at No. 13 Houston
Texans could stumble here and blow division, but we see them squeezing in.
No. 32 Tennessee (plus 6) at No. 18 Indianapolis
Colts need too much to happen to get AFC South crown. Losing here ends any hopes.
No. 16 St. Louis (minus 3) at No. 31 San Francisco
We like how Rams have looked last three weeks, especially on defense.
No. 12 Washington (plus 3) at No. 28 Dallas
Redskins have little motivation other than momentum.
2015 RECORD: Against spread: Week 7-7, Season (113-110-6). Straight up: Week 9-7, Season (147-93)
Best Bet: 7-8-1 against spread, 9-7 straight up.
Upset special: 8-8 against spread, 5-11 straight up.
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