Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings - 9/18/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Green Bay Packers (1-0) at Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 8:30 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings +2 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds
The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings renew their rivalry for the 112th time as the Vikings play their first home game at U.S. Bank Stadium in week 2 NFL action.
The Green Bay Packers held off a valiant effort from the Jacksonville Jaguars, escaping with a 27-23 victory in week 1. Aaron Rodgers threw for 199 yards on 20 of 34 passing with 2 touchdowns. Eddie Lacy led the Green Bay ground attack with 61 yards on 14 carries. Randall Cobb led the Packers receiving core with 6 catches for 57 yards, while Davante Adams hauled in 3 balls for 50 yards and a score, and Packers mainstay Jordy Nelson caught 6 passes for 32 yards and a score of his own. Defensively, Green Bay was able to get after Jaguars QB Blake Bortles, sacking him twice and forcing an interception and defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix forced a fumble off of wide receiver Allen Robinson.
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The Minnesota Vikings got out of the Music City with a 25-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Shaun Hill completed 18 of 33 passes for 236 yards, while Adrian Peterson had a disappointing start to his 2016 campaign, using his 19 carries to rack up a measly 31 yards. Stefon Diggs did most of the damage for the Vikings aerial attack, recording 7 completions for 103 yards. The big story for week 2 is the question marks surrounding the quarterback position between week 1 starter Shaun Hill and recently-acquired Sam Bradford, with rumors swirling that Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer won’t even tell the Vikings players themselves who will be starting until game-time on Sunday night. Defensively, the Vikings had a busy day, registering 2 sacks of their own and forcing a pick and a fumble, with Andrew Sendejo and Danielle Hunter each recovering a fumble for Minnesota.
Green Bay is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 41-20 ATS in their last 61 vs. the AFC North while the under is 11-5 in their last 16 games overall. Minnesota is 5-1 in their last 6 vs. the AFC North and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 home games while the under is 14-2 in the Vikings last 16 week 2 matchups. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
While the Vikings want to start things at their new home with a bang, I simply can’t back them here. No one knows who is starting for Minnesota, and even then, rivalry games are a whole different animal, especially for two quarterbacks who have little experience in the rivalry, unlike Aaron Rodgers. I think Rodgers will be well prepared for this matchup and will spoil the housewarming party for the Vikings.
This low line is a gift, so lay the couple points with the Packers while you still can.