Vikings vs. Packers Prediction

NFL Week 16 Predictions: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers 12/24/16

Should the Green Bay Packers have any trouble when they play host to the Minnesota Vikings today at 1PM ET?

According to the oddsmakers at BetDSI, the Packers are favored at home in this game, as they are getting odds of -7 points against the Vikings. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 43.5 points. Minnesota won the first meeting this season on Sept. 18, 17-14. The Vikings have won and covered in two straight meetings with the Packers.

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Green Bay is on a four-game win streak to move to 8-6 on the season. They are coming off a 30-27 win at Chicago last week, but failed to cover in the win. They are now 7-6-1 against the spread. Green Bay has hit 30 points or more in two straight and is now averaging 25.9 points per game. The team got a big boost last week when Ty Montgomery rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns and Christine Michael added 45 yards on four carries. Aaron Rodgers is having another MVP-like season, throwing for 3,781 yards and 32 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Jordy Nelson has over 1,000 yards on the season with 12 touchdowns while Davante Adams has 922 yards and nine scores. Defensively, Green Bay is giving up 24.2 points and 372.9 yards per game.

Minnesota is coming off a 34-6 thrashing at home at the hands at Indianapolis. The Vikings are now 7-7 on the year and out of playoff contention. They have still covered in three of their last five games to move to 8-6 against the spread this season. The Minnesota offense has become a complete mess. The team is now averaging just 18.9 points per game for the season. They have the league’s worst run game at 70.6 rushing yards per contest. Sam Bradford hasn’t played awful, but isn’t playing great either. He has 3,245 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions this year. He could be without his top target in Stefon Diggs, who is questionable to suit up today with a hip injury. Defensively, Minnesota has been good for the most part despite last week’s struggles. They average just 18.5 points and 330.6 yards allowed per game. Their pass defense is strong, giving up only 224.4 yards per game through the air. They have forced 22 turnovers in 2016 and have 35 sacks.

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Rodgers seems to be healing up and the Packers can secure a NFC North Championship game next week in Detroit with a win, so they should be ready to roll at home. They have won by at least 8 in three of their last four at home and the Vikings have nothing to play for and look defeated last week.



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