BetAnySports’ NFL Pick of the Week- Week 5: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers – Thursday, Oct. 2
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
BAS’ current line: Packers -8 and the total is at 48
It is a good old fashion Black and Blue Division rivalry this Thursday night when the Minnesota Vikings go on the road to square-off against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. BetAnySports opened the Packers as a heavy 10.5-point favorites for this game with the total opened at 50 1/2.
The Vikings come into this game riding high after crushing Atlanta 41-28 this past Sunday as 5.5-point home underdogs on BetAnySports’ closing NFL betting odds. The total went well above the 47.5-point line. The amazing thing about this win is that Minnesota was starting rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for the first time this season. He responded with 317 passing yards while completing 19-of-30 attempts, despite leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with an ankle sprain. He remains questionable for Thursday night.
This was just the spark Minnesota needed after suffering back-to-back losses to New England and New Orleans while scoring a grand total of 16 points. The total stayed UNDER in both of those contests. The other encouraging sign is the 135 rushing yards that Jerick McKinnon gained for the Vikings on just 18 carries.
Green Bay was another team that got off to a rough start with just one SU win in its first three games, but this past Sunday it showed everyone exactly why it remains a heavy favorite to win the NFC North again this year. The Packers’ offense regained its form in a crucial 38-17 victory over Chicago as two-point road favorites on BetAnySports’ closing betting spread. The total went OVER the 51-point closing line and it has now gone OVER in three of their first four games.
Aaron Rodgers came under a bit of fire for his sluggish start, but he was on fire against the Bears with 302 yards passing and four scoring strikes. Green Bay scored on its first six possessions and its defense went on to shut Chicago out in the second half of this game. This is the winning recipe that the fans at Lambeau have grown accustomed to, so I am sure they will give the home team all the support in the world this Thursday night in prime time.
Bridgewater should be back in the starting lineup for this game, but this matchup is all about Rodgers going against Vikings’ defense that is ranked 17th in the NFL against the pass. The advantage obviously goes in favor of the Packers, but I am actually going with Minnesota to still cover with the 10.5 points on BetAnySports betting odds.
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