Well, the NFL regular season couldn’t and on a more dramatic note than one game with a division title at stake. The Green Bay Packers have been having their per share of problems lately, and they will have an opportunity to redeem themselves by playing host to the Minnesota Vikings in the NBC-televised game for the NFC North division title, getting underway at 8:30 PM ET at Lambeau Field. BetAnySports customers have an opportunity to watch the action and place their wagers in real-time through the considerable facilities of Live Betting Extra.
The Vikings, with a 10-5 straight-up record, a been a very profitable team for NFL bettors this season, going 12-3 against the football pointspread. It is Mike Zimmer’s second season at the helm, and not only has he gotten a tremendous performance out of Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFL with 1418 yards, but he has seen further development from second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the first-round draft choice out of Louisville who has had the hot hand lately, with six touchdowns and no interceptions over his last three games.
The Packers have struggled at times this season, but they also have a 10-5 record and are 9-6 ATS. They won their first six games, then went on a three-game losing streak, including but defeat to the Detroit Lions at Lambeau, before getting themselves together against this Vikings squad with a 30-13 victory in Minneapolis.
In the Sunday night NFL betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, the Packers are the favorites:
Green Bay Packers -3
Minnesota Vikings +3
Over 44 points -110
Under 44 points -110
Peterson, as you may recall, was suspended after the first game of last season because of alleged involvement in child abuse. He said he was going to come back with a vengeance, and he indeed has. Undoubtedly had he has also made it easier for Bridgewater, who often falls victim to being indecisive. What the youngster really has to be aware of is the Green Bay pass rush, which dropped him six times in the earlier encounter.
Aaron Rodgers has compiled the lowest completion percentage in any full season he has played. One of the factors is undoubtedly the absence of Jordy Nelson, who was lost with the season-ending injury during training camp. The only Green Bay receiver who has averaged more than 11 yards per reception is veteran James Jones, they are fortunate to have re-acquired him before the regular season began.
Minnesota now has two of its defensive starters back from injury, and BetAnySports patrons know how valuable linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith are to this scheme (nose tackle Linval Joseph is listed as doubtful with a foot injury). Can they disrupt Rogers, who may or may not get sufficient support from running back Eddie Lacy?
The offensive line is a real concern for Green Bay, which is why it is good news that Brian Bulaga is slated for a return from injury, and fellow tackle David Bakhtiari may be in action as well. That would be a big break for the Pack.
Green Bay will be trying to extend their dominance of the Vikings. They have now gone 10-1-1 in the last twelve meetings, and Peterson was a non-factor the first time around. Minnesota has scored only one of its wins over a playoff team (Kansas City), so the Vikes have something to prove.
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