Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers | Betting Tip (15-09-2019)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers for NFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
|Packers by 3.0 by|
|MIN +160; GB -140 by|
Minnesota Vikings – Green Bay Packers | Prediction, Odds & Tips
Green Bay’s new offense didn’t look great in their season opener against Chicago, but it didn’t end up mattering much since the defense looked as good as it did. However, they will have a much tougher opponent on their hands this week in the Minnesota Vikings.
Can Green Bay’s defense contain Kirk Cousins and the Vikings rushing attack? Better yet—can Aaron Rodgers get the Packers offense on track against a good Vikings defense?
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Preview
The Packers are going to find themselves in pretty good shape if they can come away with a win next week against the Vikings. With a win over the Bears last week, beating the Vikings will make them 2-0 in the division—and they aren’t even playing their best football yet.
They struggled on offense as Aaron Rodgers is still getting used to the new system installed by new head coach Matt LaFleur. Rodgers ended up going just 18-30 for 203 yards and a touchdown against the Bears. Luckily, the defense was able to dominate the Bears and keep them out of the end zone.
However, against the Vikings, it may be even more challenging to generate yards. After having an off-year last season, the Minnesota defense came ready to play against the Atlanta Falcons and shut Matt Ryan down.
If they can dominate the Falcons offense, it is not hard to imagine them doing the same against Green Bay. Both teams have great quarterbacks, but the Falcons have better receivers and a better running back.
You can never count out Aaron Rodgers, though. If the Vikings give him an opportunity to, he will find a way to win the game.
Minnesota Vikings News
Last season, the Vikings defense was a disappointment, and the offense lacked balance. Kirk Cousins averaged 38 pass attempts a game while the run game was one of the worst in the NFL last year. So, to help rectify what ailed his offense, head coach Mike Zimmer brought in former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak as an offensive consultant.
Things sure ended up looking a lot different in Week One. Cousins ended up attempting just 11 passes while handing the ball off 32 times. Dalvin Cook carried the ball 21 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
“It was what the game called for, and I have no problem with being conservative,” Cousins said after the game, via ESPN [https://www.espn.com/nfl/recap?gameId=401127961]. “As long as we win the football game, that’s all that matters.”
It helped that the defense had a great day against the Falcons forcing three turnovers and sacking May Ryan four times.
The defense will have to apply similar pressure to Aaron Rodgers to beat the Packers. A similar run-oriented strategy would be useful against the Packers (allowing them to keep Rodgers off the field). But the Packers defense is not going to make it easy.
Green Bay Packers News
Throughout the preseason there was a lot of concern surrounding the Packers and how new head coach Matt LaFleur and quarterback Aaron Rodgers would work together. Sure enough, the offense struggled throughout their season opener against Chicago. But thanks to the defense, they didn’t need to be.
The defense, under first-year defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, dominated the Bears offense holding them to just three points and 254 yards of offense. Rodgers gave credit where it was due after the game via ESPN:
“We didn’t do them a whole lot of favors with our performance on offense. I mean every time we needed something a stop, they came up with some really big plays.”
Issues are to be expected when installing a new offense. But you’ll also have some when most of the starters do not play during the preseason. If the Packers are going to beat the Vikings, they are going to commit fewer penalties and make fewer mistakes on offense.
They will also need the defense to have as good of a game if not better against Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense. The more time they can give Rodgers to get the offense on track, the better.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Head-to-Head
The Vikings and Packers first played back in 961 when the Vikings joined the league. Since then, the two teams have faced off 117 times. Of those 117 games, the Packers have won 60 games, the Vikings have won 54, and three games have ended in a tie.
They have met twice in the playoffs with each team winning a game. The Vikings are 5-4-1 in the last ten and 4-0-1 in the last five.
Odds and Predictions
The Packers offense did not look good against a very good Bears defense last week which makes it hard to see them doing well against a very good Vikings defense. Aaron Rodgers is one of the best, but his game last week showed that even he could have a hard time acclimating to a new offense.
While Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense were able to beat the Falcons with an ultra-conservative approach, they will need to spice it up a little against the Packers. But they have the better team, so as long as they can minimize the mental errors and mistakes, the Vikings should win this one.
Take the Vikings to win (+160); if they do not win straight up, they will win against the spread (+3). As for the over/under (45.5)—both defenses are too good for this to be a high scoring game. Take the under.
Our Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers Betting Tip:
Yes, Green Bay’s defense looked great against the Bears, but they need more from their offense to beat the Vikings. Fans shouldn’t expect them to get it. The Vikings will not win by much, but they will be in control for most of the game.