Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Time: NOON (EST)
Spread: GB -7
Odds ? 5dimes
The Green Bay Packers are 5-1 this season. It won last week in Houston, but the Pack returns to Lambdeau field this week to host the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers are 7-point favorites in the game which will air at NOON (est) on FOX. The over/under is set at 50 total points according to NFL weekly oddsmakers at 5dimes.
The Green Bay Packers won last week 35-20 over the Houston Texans, surging the team into first place in the NFC North. This week Green Bay faces the Minnesota Vikings as favorites on its home field. The Packers will have to do a better job defensively, as it gave up 38 points two weeks ago in a 10-38 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And the Packers need only do “Decent” on “D” to be a threat given its offense ranks No. 2 in the NFL at 32.8 points per game. Defensively the Packers are surrendering about a touchdown less (26.5).
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is having a dominant season again. He has 1,657 yards and a 65.9 percent clip. Rodgers also boasts an 8.5 : 1 Touchdown to interception ratio. Always a threat on the ground, Rodgers has 45 yards on just eight carries. In the backfield, Aaron Jones leads the team in attempts (75), yards (389), and touchdowns (five). No. 2 running back Jamaal Williams trails him with 319 yards on 52 carries. Green Bay, as a team, is tallying an outstanding 4./7 yards-per-carry.
The top receiver has been Devante Adams who has caught 36 of 46 targetted passes en route to 449 yards, four touchdowns and 24 first downs. Tight end Robert Tonyan has been a major end zone threat with his five touchdowns. He has just 20 targeted passes on the season, yet he has 14 first downs and leads the team with those touchdowns: He should probably see more plays featuring him, given that. Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard are the other top-two receivers with 242 and 252yards, respectively.
Kicker Mason Crosby is perfect on the season having connected all of his field goals (six). That includes one from beyond midfield and four others from behind the 40-yard line at least. He has been credited with on missed PAT, but the Packers could hardly ask for better. Punter JK Scott has averaged 45.5 yards per, and he has landed seven of 18 punt attempts within the 20-yard line.
The Minnesota Vikings are struggling. It is in the cellar fo the NFC North at just 1-5 this season. The Vikings have been outscored by its opponents by a tally of 192 to 155. Last week, Minnesota fell to the Atlanta Falcons 23-40.
Kirk Cousins has hardly done well for starters. The veteran quarterback is throwing 64 percent completion, but somewhere in that 46 percent of miscues, lurks 10 interceptions (nearly matching his 11 touchdown passes). Beyond that, Cousins has been sacked an average of 2.3 times per game. The only thing he has done well, he has not done enough of. Cousins averages five yards-per-carry but has just 11 carries to his credit.
Out of the backfield, Dalvin Cook has been a saving-force for this struggling team. He has 489 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 29 first downs. The top-two receivers Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have combined for 952 yards and 10 of the team’s 11 receiving touchdowns. Between Cook, Jefferson, and Thielen, there is plenty of talent, but the Vikes have to find itself a more accurately throwing QB before it makes many steps in the right direction.
Cook is rock-solid but also needs some help. So, the Vikings will find itself with some heady want lists on draft day next offseason, with a heavy need for a QB and also that need for a backfield with more than one strong option.