The Minnesota Vikings (2-6) and Green Bay Packers (8-0) close out their 2011 NFC North division series on Monday Night Football inside Lambeau Field.
Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Minnesota comes off the bye week and will be seeking revenge from a 33-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers as 10-point home underdogs on Oct. 23. The Vikings actually out-gained the Packers by 14 yards in that particular contest.
The first meeting actually served as the first career start for rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, who certainly didn’t embarrass himself, throwing for 219 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. It will be interesting to see if he improves upon that effort, or will Green Bay have the upper hand in facing him for a second time.
This series has been highly-contested in the NFC North, with 15 of the last 18 regular-season meetings being decided by seven points or less. Minnesota will be looking to avoid being swept for the fourth time in six seasons when facing Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy.
Running back Adrian Peterson will put on the pads with 15 days of rest, which should have him ready for an explosive performance, ranking fourth in the NFL in rushing for 795 yards this season.
Bettors will find that the Vikings are 6-7 ATS in the last two-plus years versus divisional foes, while the ‘over’ is 8-7 in those contests.
Green Bay is the only team in the NFL with an unblemished record and comes in off a 45-38 win over the San Diego Chargers as 5.5-point road favorites, serving as the franchise’s 14th-straight victory when including playoff games.
The Packers are also a dominating 14-1 at home since Week 10 of the 2009 campaign, tied with the New England Patriots for the best mark in that particular situation. The team rides in winners of eight straight inside Lambeau Field.
Offensively, the unit ranks fourth in the NFL in averaging 416.4 yards per game, which is led by a passing attack and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Last year’s Super Bowl MVP is the first signal-caller in NFL history to post 2,600 passing yards and 24 touchdowns in the first eight games of the season.
Dominating the division has been a priority in the McCarthy era, posting a 23-9 regular-season mark when facing such opponents, which is third-best in the league since he’s been on the sideline.
Bettors will find that the Packers are just 7-16-2 ATS in their last 25 games as a favorite of 10.5 or more points, while the ‘over’ has cashed in six of the last seven meetings.
Recommendation: Under 50.5
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