2017 NFL Betting Analysis For Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers had to ‘run the table’ and win their final six regular season games in 2016 in order to reach the playoffs a year ago. While that was an impressive statement that became even more powerful after the Packers beat the Giants and Cowboys in the playoffs to reach the NFC Championship, Rodgers and company have set their sights even higher as they get set for the upcoming 2017 season. Whether the future Hall of Fame quarterback helps his team reach Super Bowl 52 or not, there are undoubtedly a handful of matchups on Green Bay’s new schedule that no NFL betting enthusiast should miss out on. For me, here are six ‘must-bet’ matchups highlighting the Packers’ 2017 schedule.
Analyzing The 2017 NFL Betting Analysis For Green Bay Packers
Seahawks at Packers (-3)
Analysis: The Packers and Seahawks have made a habit in recent years of staging memorable affairs like their Fail Mary matchup a few years ago and their memorable 2015 conference title game clash in 2015. While Green Bay will be at home in their regular season opener against the Seahawks, I’ve already gone on record to say that it will be Seattle’s defense that is the difference in a contest featuring two similar offenses. Green Bay will contend this coming season, but they get their 2017 campaign started off with a heartbreaking home loss to Russell Wilson and company.
Pick: Seattle 27 Green Bay 24
Packers at Falcons (-2.5)
Analysis: This matchup simply won’t feature a lot of defense, if any. Green Bay was on the wrong end of a crushing 33-32 road loss against Atlanta in Week 8 last season but managed to cover the spread as 3-point road dogs. For this Week 2 pairing of legitimate Super Bowl hopefuls, I’m thinking a nearly identical outcome is in store for both teams.
Pick: Falcons 38 Packers 35
Packers at Cowboys (-3)
Analysis: Dallas will be looking for revenge after suffering a completely heartbreaking 34-31 loss to Green Bay in the NFC division round last postseason, but I don;t think they’re going to get it for the same reason they lost to the Packers in the playoffs – they simply won’t be able to stop Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s passing attack.
NFL Betting Pick: Packers 31 Cowboys 28
Packers (-1.5) at Vikings
Analysis: This matchup will be a good test for the Packers as the NFC North rival Vikings are looking to win the division after taking a slight step backwards a year ago from its outstanding 2015 campaign. Green Bay has the edge on offense, but Minnesota is far superior on the other side of the ball. After losing to Minnesota 17-14 in Week 2 as a 1.5-point road favorite, the Packers got their revenge in their 38-25 Week 16 beatdown. Still, I say these longtime rivals split again with each team holding down the fort at home. Back the Vikes to win and narrowly cover at home.
Pick: Vikings 24 Packers 21
Lions at Packers (-7.5)
Analysis: The Packers swept Detroit last season by winning 34-27 at home in Week 3 to cover the spread as a 6-point favorite while beating the Lions 31-24 in Week 17 to both, win the NFC North and reach the playoffs. Simply put, I like Aaron Rodgers and the Packers to continue their mastery over Detroit, even though I’m going to urge you to back Matthew Stafford and the Lions to narrowly cover the spread in a touchdown loss.
Pick: Packers 30 Lions 24
Packers (-2) at Panthers
Analysis: This Week 15 matchup has the look of a huge contest that could go a long way in determining the postseason fates of one or both of these Super Bowl hopefuls. While the Panthers are playing at home and will likely have the better defensive team in 2017, I’m thinking Aaron Rodgers will be at his very best as the Packers pick up some steam just before the postseason. Besides, while I love Cam Newton, the bottom line is that he’s clearly not in the same caliber of signal-callers as Aaron Rodgers.
NFL Betting Pick: Packers 24 Panthers 23