NFL Week 17 Picks: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, 12/30/12, 4:25 PM EST, TV:  FOX
Opening Point Spread:  Green Bay -3
Current Betting Line:  Green Bay -3
Opening Total:  46.5
Current Total:  46
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The Minnesota Vikings are 5-1-1 ATS at Mall of America Field this season

Green Bay will close out a regular season schedule against Minnesota for the first time since 1992, as it looks to push its win streak to four games, which includes a 55-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans as 10.5-point home favorites.  “We obviously had a very decisive victory, but this football team still has more in front of it,” commented Packers head coach Mike McCarthy.  The Packers can hold onto the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs with a victory on Sunday, but their opponent Sunday also has a chance of reaching the postseason.  Green Bay is 5-0 ATS versus division opponents this season, with the UNDER going 5-0 in that situation.

The Packers have won a franchise-record 12 consecutive games versus division opponent, while they’ve proven victorious in 28 of their last 33 regular-season games overall, which is the best such mark in the NFL in that span.  Green Bay has compiled a dominating 23-9 regular-season record in the months of December and January under McCarthy’s direction, which includes a perfect 4-0 ATS mark during the current calendar month.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions in his last nine starts inside a dome.

Minnesota is set to play in this rivalry for the 104th time at Mall of America Field, with the entire roster focused on trying to win its fourth consecutive game.  The Vikings earned a convincing 23-6 win over the Houston Texans as 7.5-point road underdogs last week, as they won the statistical battle by a 158-yard margin.  The team continues to have big success on the ground, bringing in a 5.4 yards per carry average into this affair.  Minnesota is 5-1-1 ATS at home this season, with the UNDER going 4-3 in that situation.

The Vikings are led offensively by running back Adrian Peterson, who is leading the NFL with 1,898 rushing yards, while owning a team record in yards from scrimmage with 2,023.  Minnesota has lost the last five meetings in this series, including a 23-14 setback as seven-point road underdogs on Dec. 2, while going UNDER the posted total of 47.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, with the OVER going 9-2-1 in the last 12 meetings in Minnesota.

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