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Vikings and Packers In a Critical NFC North Battle

Making the playoffs is already a dicey proposition for both the Green Bay Packers (4-5-1 SU and ATS) and the Minnesota Vikings (5-4-1 SU and ATS). One of these two rivals should see their chances improve when they meet Sunday night in Minneapolis. The gridiron contest will kick off at 8:20 PM ET on NBC.

The Vikings are 3.5-point favorites (–120) with a total of 48.

When these same two teams met at Lambeau Field back in Week 2, the game ended in a 29-29 tie. The Packers to covered as 2-point home dogs. It was part of a very poor September for the Vikings. They’ve gone 4-1 SU and 3-1-1 ATS since then to revive their playoff hopes. Green Bay, on the other hand, has lost three of four at 2-1-1 ATS since taking the bye in Week 7.

The Packers will be in deeper trouble this week if TE Jimmy Graham can’t play, which seems likely at this point. Graham has a broken thumb and is expected to miss multiple games, although he says he will “try to play” through his injury; he’s second on the team with 34 catches.

Vikes and Pack just Need to Solid “Complete” Game

Aaron Rodgers keeps putting up big numbers for Green Bay. He has 19 touchdowns and only one interception. He threw for 332 yards and two scores last week in a 27-24 loss at Seattle, but again was unable to end the road skid. The Packers are winless on the road, 0-5, this season.

Running back Aaron Jones was held to 40 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. He did set season highs with five receptions for 63 yards and a score against the Seahawks.

Rodgers has been locked in on Davante Adams, who set a season high with 166 yards on 10 catches last week. Rodgers had 26 TDs and zero interceptions in his past 10 division games.

The Packers are No. 5 against the pass (223.0 yards) but are dealing with multiple injuries in the secondary.

Minnesota has struggled offensively for the past three games. Kirk Cousins has five touchdowns passes and four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns in losses to New Orleans and Chicago.

Wide receiver Adam Thielen failed to score for the first time in seven games last week. He still went over 1,000 yards while Stefon Diggs had a season-high 13 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Thielen had 12 catches for 131 yards and a TD in the Week 2 matchup.

The running game, however, was non-existent against the Bears. Dalvin Cook was limited to 12 yards on nine carries.

The Vikings’ defense ranks sixth against the pass (226.0 yards), will get a boost with the expected return of linebacker Anthony Barr after a three-game absence.

PREDICTION: Vikings 26, Packers 23

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Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 24.70 13 22.90 11
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 295.40 5 183.20 1
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 94.00 25 90.20 6
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 24.10 15 24.30 18
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 242.80 18 237.20 9
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 107.60 15 138.20 30

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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