Vikings vs. Packers Total Prediction
NFC North rivals coming off wins in their respective Week 1 matchups will meet in Green Bay on Sunday when the Packers host the Vikings at 1:00 p.m. ET. Will this matchup turn into a shootout or a defensive struggle?
279 Minnesota Vikings (+3) at 280 Green Bay Packers (-3); O/U 44
1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, September 15, 2019
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Vikings are receiving 53% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Minnesota Vikings Fantasy Spin
Dalvin Cook rushed 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings’ Week 1 win over the Falcons. Death, taxes, RBs balling out against the Falcons. Cook didn't even need receiving usage to go off Sunday afternoon, as the Vikings' offensive line consistently opened up massive holes for the entire run game. Cook also showed plenty of burst in his own right, consistently breaking arm tackles and even carrying several defenders into the end zone on his second score. Lock Cook in as a RB1 even in a tougher matchup at Lambeau Field in Week 2.
Green Bay Packers Fantasy Spin
Aaron Rodgers completed 18-of-30 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown while adding three carries for eight yards Thursday in the Packers’ Week 1 win over the Bears. Rodgers was dropped for five sacks, which cost him a combined 37 yards. If you've been waiting all summer for football to come back, well you'll have to wait a little bit longer. Thursday's punt-a-thon, which barely quailed as football, was a throwback to the NFL of yesteryear (quite appropriate on a night the league blew out the candles on its 100th birthday) with little in the way of scoring. Rodgers sprinkled in a handful of nice throws—his long gain came on a gorgeous 47-yard rip to Marquez Valdes-Scanting in the second quarter—but ultimately fell well short of his Hall of Fame capabilities. Some of that could be attributed to his opponent—Chicago's swarming front seven had him under siege all night—while rust may also have been a factor. Rodgers didn't see a single preseason snap in Matt LaFleur's offense, and at times, it showed. He'll look to get back on track next week when the Packers host the division-rival Vikings at Lambeau Field.
NFL Betting Trends
The under is 6-1 in the Vikings’ last seven games overall and is 5-0 in their last five conference matchups.
The under is 4-0 in the Packers’ last four divisional games and is 5-1 in their last six games versus NFC opponents.
The under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between these two teams and I see Sunday’s matchup falling under the total as well. Rodgers was harassed by the Bears’ front seven last Thursday night in the season opener and he’s unlikely to catch a break on Sunday when Minnesota’s swarming defense comes to town. Meanwhile, Mike Zimmer preached a run-first philosophy in the offseason and with the way Dalvin Cook carved up the Falcons’ defense last Sunday, we’re likely to see more of the same this weekend in Green Bay. A strong running game for the Vikings, coupled with plenty of heat on Rodgers should mean a low-scoring affair.
NFL Week 2 Prediction: Vikings/Packers UNDER 44