NBC has the television coverage for this Vikings vs. Packers matchup. Kickoff takes place at 8:20 on Sunday, December 31st. This week 17 NFL showdown is being played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis MN. t
GREEN BAY PACKERS VS MINNESOTA VIKINGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Minnesota Vikings -1.5
This game will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium at 8:20 ET on Sunday, December 31st.
WHY BET THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 24-21 in favor of the Vikings.
- Our projections have Jordan Love finishing with 232.0 passing yards on 19.923/33.999 passing.
- The Vikings are projected to finish with 352 yards of offense compared to the 326 yards for the Packers.
Can the Packers Pull the Upset on the Road?
In week 17, Green Bay is in 3rd place in the NFC-North with a 7-8 record. Within the NFC, they find themselves in 10th place. Thus far this season, the Packers hold a record above .500 against the spread, marked at 7-8. Their average scoring margin in the current season is +0.1.
In terms of offense, the Packers are at 22.2 points per game, ranking them 11th in the NFL. Green Bay’s passing offense enters this week’s game with a ranking of 18th in passing yards. Furthermore, they hold the 14th spot in attempts, averaging 34.3 passes per game.
When it comes to rushing, the Packers are averaging 4.2 yards per attempt while running the ball an average of 25 times per game. At 106.9 rushing yards per contest, they are 18th in the league.
On the defensive front, the Packers enter the game as the 18th ranked team in tackles for loss and 13th in sacks. Their opponents are averaging 22.1 points per game against them, along with an average of 352.9 yards per contest.
Can the Vikings Grab a Win at Home?
As they face the Packers, the Vikings will be looking to improve upon their 7-8 record. This has them positioned 2nd in the NFC-North and 8th in the NFC. The Vikings have put together an above .500 record versus the spread this season, currently at 7-5-3. Their average scoring margin for this season is +1.
Coming into week 17, the Vikings offense is 19th in the league at 20.9 points per contest. In the passing game, the Vikings are averaging 257.1 passing yards per game, which is 3rd in the league. So far, 64.4% of their first downs have come through the passing game.
The Vikings are currently averaging 3.8 yards per rushing attempt while carrying the ball an average of 23.7 times per game. In terms of rushing yardage, they hold the 26th position in the league.
The Vikings’ defense, so far, has an average of 320.9 yards given up per game and 19.9 points per contest (10th). Leading up to the game, they’ve allowed a completion percentage of 70.0% and 18 passing touchdowns. In terms of stopping the run, they are 9th in the NFL.