There are some major implications when these two NFC North rivals clash on Monday night, December 23rd at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings are still alive to win the North Division but need to take care of business against the Packers first. On the other hand, should the Packers win, they would only need a win against the lowly Detroit Lions the following week to clinch a first round bye in the National Football Conference (NFC).
Although Minnesota has not yet clinched a playoff spot, they need to win just one of their last two games, either against the Packers or in week 17 against the Chicago Bears. They would also get in with a loss by the Los Angeles Rams in either of their last two games.
The Vikings are a perfect 6-0 on their home field with their remaining two games being held at U.S. Bank Stadium. In an earlier meeting held at Lambeau Field in week two, it was the Packers who came out on top by a 21-16 score. Green Bay comes into this game with wins in four of their last five contests. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has become more of a game manager this season under new Head Coach Matt LaFleur, having thrown for more than 300 yards in just 3 of their 14 games to this point. The Vikings have also won four of their last five games and Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been extremely consistent and especially dangerous in play action situations.
Will injuries be a factor?
In the Vikings game against the Chargers, fans saw running back Dalvin Cook go down with a shoulder injury. He is currently listed as questionable and if he is unable to play, it would be a blow to the Vikings chances. In addition, cornerback Xavier Rhodes has a questionable tag. Green Bay is relatively healthy and with receiver Davontae Adams back playing well, he is a player to watch come Monday night.
Which quarterback has the edge?
Sure, Cousins has been playing well this season, but Rodgers is known as an unflappable and big-game performer, and in a close game, which this one should be, you’d have to give Rodgers the edge.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL Pick and Prediction
Minnesota is currently listed as a 4.5 point favorite, primarily because of their home field advantage. But don’t sleep on Head Coach Mike Zimmer and his defense. The feeling here is that it will be the defense that makes the biggest difference in this game and why we see the Vikings winning as well as covering the spread. For that reason, it also makes sense that betting the under, with the total set at 45.5, is the best way to go.
Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings
8:15 p.m. ET
Betting Spread: Vikings -4.5 / Total 45.5
Pick and Prediction: Vikings -4.5