Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: Week 2 NFL Preview

By September 16, 2018 September 17th, 2018 articles

This Sunday, NFC North co-division leaders square off at Lambeau Field as the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings at 1:00 p.m. ET. Las Vegas Odds has this Minnesota as 1.5-point underdogs against Green Bay with an over/under currently sitting at 46.

For Green Bay (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS), its chance of victory solely rides on if Aaron Rodgers can play. Despite suffering a knee sprain in last weeks win against Chicago, all signs point to him suiting up this week against the Vikings.

In Week 1 against Chicago, Aaron Rodgers suffered a knee sprain on a sack midway through the 1st quarter. After missing much of the opening half, Rodgers, despite walking with a limp, returned to action and led the team to a miraculous comeback to beat the Bears 24-23.

With Rodgers at QB, Green Bay has proven they can beat anyone at Lambeau Field. Green Bay is 26-9 SU in their last 35 home games and 36-13-1 SU against divisional opponents. Without Rodgers, frankly the team doesn’t stand much of against on of the best teams in the NFL in the Minnesota Vikings.

Although Green Bay is tough to beat at home, Minnesota is without a doubt one of the scariest teams in the NFL. The addition of quarterback Kirk Cousins, who threw for 244 yards and two touchdowns in his debut against the 49ers, has solved maybe the only flaw the Vikings had last year — the lack of a vertical passing game. A Kirk Cousins led offense, combined with a suffocating, star-studded defense makes this team not only NFC North contenders, but Super Bowl Contenders as well.

Recent history favors the Vikings, as Minnesota is 4-1 SU and ATS in their last five games against Green Bay. The Vikings are also 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games.

Finally, don’t expect a shootout, as the total between these two NFC North powers has gone UNDER in six of their last seven games.

PICK: If Aaron Rodger plays, our expert Scott Matthews likes Minnesota at +1.5.