Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 12/2/12, 1:00 PM EST, TV: FOX
Opening Point Spread: Green Bay -9.5
Current Betting Line: Green Bay -7.5
Opening Total: 47
Current Total: 46.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Minnesota has lost three of its last four games, including a 28-10 setback to the Chicago Bears as 6.5-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the first time in four contests. The Vikings are led by running back Adrian Peterson, who leads the NFL with 1,236 rushing yards, which is more yards than 18 NFL teams at this juncture of the season. Minnesota is 2-0-1 ATS as a road underdog of 7.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons, which is something to consider when making your NFL picks against the spread in Week 13.
The Vikings are known for getting after opposing quarterbacks, as their 77 sacks since the start of the 2011 season is the fourth most in the league in that particular span. Minnesota is currently 23-28-1 when visiting Green Bay, which includes a 45-7 blowout loss as 13-point underdogs last year, which was the largest margin of victory by either team in the history of the series.
Green Bay had its season-high five-game win streak snapped in an embarrassing 38-10 loss to the New York Giants as one-point road underdogs, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests. “Maybe it’s a good reminder of what happens when you don’t come to play,” stated Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett. The Packers can certainly bounce back, as they’ve won a franchise-record nine consecutive games against NFC North opponents. Green Bay is 2-3 AT home this season, with the OVER going 3-2 in those affairs.
The Packers should prepare for a close result in this contest, as 15 of the last 19 regular-season meetings have been decided by seven points or less. Green Bay has outscored its division opponents by a considerable 269-161 margin during its winning streak against them, with quarterback Aaron Rodgers leading the way. Last year’s NFL MVP has completed 75.8 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions in his last three games against the Vikings.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, with the OVER going 7-1 in the last eight meetings in this rivalry series.
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