The Green Bay Packers will be seeking revenge, Saturday Jan 5, when they host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card game. The Vikings beat the Packers in Week 17 for the first time in six tries. Oddsmakers have the Packers listed as -9.5 point home favorites over the Vikings with the over/under set at 46 points. Get the current 2013 Super Bowl Betting Lines now.
The Vikings (10-6, 3-5 V) got into the playoffs with a 37-34 home win over Green Bay. QB Christian Ponder threw for three scores, including one to RB Adrian Peterson, who came within 9 yards of Eric Dickerson’s rushing record, finishing with 199 yards.
Christian Ponder struggled in Week 13 at Lambeau, throwing two costly interceptions. No matter how productive Peterson is, Ponder must protect the ball and make a few more big plays if the Vikings are to pull the road upset. Adrian Peterson can expect to stay busy at Lambeau Field as the Vikings battle the elements and try to keep working over the Green Bay defense. Be sure to check out my early Super Bowl Picks!
The Packers (11-5, 7-1 H) QB Aaron Rodgers completed 28 of 40 passes for 365 yards and four touchdowns and no turnovers. Rodgers played without injured leading receiver Randall Cobb, so Greg Jennings was the main guy, grabbing eight passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Green Bay has been proving lately it’s not a one-sided offense, either, and RB DuJuan Harris rushed 14 times for 70 yards. “It’s disappointing. A lot of us wanted that extra week,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers has 24 touchdowns, only four interceptions and a 70 percent completion rate over 10 career starts against the Vikings. His poise, arm strength and savvy came through clear against them as much as any other team. Aaron Rodgers looks like a quarterback possessed. After putting up four TD passes against the Vikings in the Metrodome, he has 10 in his past three games. His receiving corps should be at full strength Saturday, so look for him to attack the Vikings’ secondary early and often.
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Recent Trends to Consider:
Home team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Green Bay.
Over is 18-7-1 in the last 26 meetings.
Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Green Bay.
Packers are 11-0 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.
Packers are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. loss.
Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games.
Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in January.
Packers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Vikings are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers
When: Saturday, Jan 5, 2012@8:00 PM ET
Pick: Packers -9.5
The Bottom Line: As good as Rodgers and his receivers were in picking apart the Vikings’ secondary, the Packers’ pass-protection issues continued. Rodgers’ mobility can bail him out of much trouble, but he needs to be kept cleaner for Green Bay to fully execute its explosive offense. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into Wild Card Weekend.