Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers - 12/23/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Photo by USA TODAY NETWORK
Minnesota Vikings (11-3) at Green Bay Packers (7-7)
NFL Football: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm (Lambeau Field)
The Line: Green Bay Packers +9 -- Over/Under: 41
The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers meet Saturday in NFL action at Lambeau Field.
The Minnesota Vikings look for their 12th victory of the season as they chase one of the top two seeds in the NFC. The Minnesota Vikings have won five of their last six road games. Case Keenum is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 3,219 yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Keenum has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs have combined for 1,915 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Kyle Rudolph has 55 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 121.3 yards per contest, and Latavius Murray leads the way with 662 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 17.3 points and 283.9 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 101 tackles, Everson Griffen has 13 sacks and Harrison Smith has three interceptions.
The Green Bay Packers look to play spoiler at this point in the season while getting a game above a .500 record. The Green Bay Packers have lost three of their last four home games. Brett Hundley is completing 63.9 percent of his passes for 1,534 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hundley has six touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games. Davante Adams and Randall Cobb have combined for 1,471 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jordy Nelson has 50 receptions. The Green Bay Packers ground game is averaging 107.7 yards per contest, and Aaron Jones leads the way with 435 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing 23.8 points and 356.4 yards per game. Blake Martinez leads the Green Bay Packers with 127 tackles, Clay Matthews has 7.5 sacks and Damarious Randall has four interceptions.
The Vikings are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 41-16 ATS in their last 57 games overall. The Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games in December and 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Vikings are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Green Bay, the home team is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings and the underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
The Packers don't have much to play for, so Aaron Rodgers won't be playing, which explains the big line change. Some would assume with that being the case, this game is going to get ugly. However, winning in Lambeau Field at this time of year isn't easy, and it's expected to be under 20 degrees Friday night. Hundley has played better than expected as of late, is taking care of the football and this is a chance for him to continue proving himself possibly for a chance to play elsewhere like we saw with the Patriots previous backup QBS. Also, four of the last eight meetings between the Packers and Vikings have been decided by seven or less points. I wouldn't be shocked if the better team steamrolls, but I like the value of the Packers and the points.