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NFL Postseason Week 1 Betting: Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers Pick and Prediction

GBOn Saturday, a re-match of one of the best games in Week 17 will take place. This time, the game will take place in Green Bay, at Lambeau Field, between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. These two teams are the top two within the NFC North. The Green Bay Packers won the division with an 11-5 record, while the Vikings were 10-6. The Packers won the first meeting between these two teams, while Minnesota won the game at home last week.

The Minnesota Vikings are led by the best running back in all of the NFL. Adrian Peterson fell just a few yards short of the all time rushing record. Despite that, Peterson is a candidate for the Most Valuable Player award. The running back were 6-6, before winning their final four games of the season. Despite winning four in a row, the Vikings had to win the final game of the season to make the postseason. Minnesota ranked 31st out of 32 teams in the league in passing yards.

The Green Bay Packers are a season removed from winning the Super Bowl. The Packers won the Super Bowl in February of 2011, and saw New York take that role last season. Green Bay started the season with a 2-3 record, including the replacement officials game against the Seattle Seahawks. Aaron Rodgers and James Jons were a dangerous combination all season connecting for 14 touchdown passes. The running game for Green Bay was not great, as Aaron Rodgers led the team with two touchdown runs. The Packers ranked 9th in the NFL with 251 passing yards per game. Green Bay lost just one game at home all season.

Odds and Sports Betting Line

  • Minnesota Vikings +9.5
  • Green Bay Packers -9.5

Free Prediction and Pick

This should be quite interesting. The Packers are still frustrated after losing their home court advantage from a week ago. If the Packers had beaten the Vikings, they would not be playing this game, and would be at home next week. Green Bay will want to get off to a great start, and then let one of the best home crowds in the league take over. We like the Green Bay Packers to win this game by two scores; 10 points.

Prediction: Green Bay Packers 31-21

Green Bay is -9.5 in this game. We like Minnesota to get off to a slow start, as the Green Bay crowd slows down Peterson, which makes an inexperienced quarterback in Christian Ponder throw the ball more than he wants to. The Packers will then take care of the football and come away with a win in this game. We are betting the Green Bay Packers cover this -9.5 point spread.

Pick: Green Bay Packers -9.5