Week 16 NFL Betting Odds: Minnesota At Green Bay
There comes a time in every team’s season when they run out of gas and give up the fight. It appears as though that is what happened to the Minnesota Vikings last weekend, as they were thoroughly trampled by the Indianapolis Colts. There were signs that it was coming, as the losses were starting to pile up, with the team leaning more and more heavily on a defense that had already carried too much of the weight throughout the year. As it stands now, the Vikings are going to miss the playoffs, but they do have a chance to shape the final outcome when they head to Green Bay this coming weekend. The Packers are suddenly hot, and they now have the opportunity to control their own destiny by winning the final two games of the season. A few weeks ago, QB Aaron Rodgers promised Packers fans that the team would win out, and it’s beginning to look as though they might just pull it off. Green Bay are coming into this one as a 6.5-point betting odds favorite.
Analyzing The Week 16 NFL Betting Odds: Vikings At Packers
When: Saturday, December 24 at 1 PM EST
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
Radio: KFXN and WTMJ
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
NFL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Minnesota Vikings
We have seen teams in the past that have ridden great defenses all the way to a Super Bowl, and the Vikings looked as though they might be able to do that in the early part of the season. This is a team that has had their offensive injuries catch up to them, with Teddy Bridgewater and Adrian Peterson out for extended periods. Peterson retuned versus the Colts last week, but looked totally ineffective. The defense was also poor, giving up 34 points, and finally looking as though the strain of carrying this team was too much to bear. The Minnesota Vikings did beat the Packers earlier in the year, but they were two very different teams back then.
Why bet on the Green Bay Packers
The Packers have reeled of 4-straight wins to put themselves right back into the playoff picture. They did almost slip on a bit of a banana peel last weekend, relying on some late heroics from Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson to get past the stubborn Chicago Bears. It’s never easy to play a division rival, especially this late in the year when the team that has nothing to pay for wants to play the role of spoiler. The Packers are going to have to guard against that this weekend, and they cannot afford to look ahead to the final game against the Lions, which could well be for all the marbles. The Packers are 5-2 ATS at home this season, and have covered in their last 2 home games.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I thought that the Packers would roll all over the Bears last week, but they ended up in a dogfight. I think they will have learned their lesson from that one, and I look for them to go after the Vikings early on Saturday.