Coming off a dismantling of a hyped-up Seahawks team, Green Bay is on the road for their first matchup with division foe, the Minnesota Vikings. Don’t overlook our neighbors to the west but absolutely disrespect them at all costs. Minnesota is a daunting opponent as a familiar foe and NFC North rival in addition to their star athletes. Green Bay has been on the upper hand of the rivalry during Matt LaFleur’s tenure, winning 3 of 4.
The Packers defense put on a stellar show against Seattle shutting out the high-profile offense. Minnesota is blessed with top end talent with young phenom Justin Jefferson and the crafty Adam Thielen. The Vikings will lean on their other bright spot in Dalvin Cook. Kirk Cousins main goal will be not turning it over or getting murdered by the swarming defense of Joe Barry. Green Bay’s defense is allowing an average of 11.6 points over the last 5 games and their semi functional offense has outscored opponents 96-58 over that stretch.
Meanwhile, Minnesota is coming off a desperately needed win out west in sunny California against the Los Angeles Chargers. After back-to-back losses against Dallas and Baltimore, Vikings’ head coach Mike Zimmer had to avoid a 3-game losing streak heading into Green Bay Packer week. That kind of record and long-time disappointment is grounds to get a guy canned if it wasn’t Thanksgiving.
Minnesota ranks in the middle of the league for points allowed to QBs and is coming off a five-game streak of forcing interceptions. With the sure minded Rodgers, turnovers are rarely a worry as he has a 9:1 TD/Interception ratio in the four Vikings matchups under LaFleur. QB1 has 50 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions against the Vikings. Rodgers edge for vendetta needs no extra motivation against a team who routinely aims to injure him and celebrate it after. Just don’t mock the belt and they may have a chance. Aaron has a John Wick conviction in his approach to avenging wrongful belts. A man must stand for something and in Rodgers’s case its kickass football.
Rodgers throws for 300 yards and 2 TDs
Rodgers props: 270.5 yards passing 2.5 TDs & 5 rushing yards
Quadzilla is leading the backfield as a result of the injury to Aaron Jones. The Packers escaped a serious loss with Jones expected to only be out a few weeks rather than the rest of the season. Green Bay’s rushing attack is in good hands as Dillon ran for 66 yards and 2 scores while catching 2 passes for 62 yards. The development of Dillon’s passing game makes him a suitable starter against a Vikings defense that’s tied for 24th in points allowed to RBs. Minnesota has surrendered a rushing touchdown in 7 of their 9 games. Dillon will receive a heavy volume in the run game with the inexperienced Patrick Taylor as his immediate backup.
AJ Dillon rushes for 95 yards and 2 TD with 3 catches for 25 yards
AJ Dillon props: 81.5 yards with 3.5 catches for 26.5 yards
Davante is an unstoppable force with Rodgers at the helm. Under Matt LaFleur, Davante has 100 receiving yards in 3 of the 4 matchups with Minnesota. The one game he didn’t have 100 yards, he had 3 TDs. Davante has embarrassed whatever corner Minnesota throws out there. Minnesota currently ranks 26th in the league in points per game allowed to wideouts. Davante will be having his feast a couple days early this year.
Davante catches 10 passes for 140 yards and 1 TD
Davante props: 7.5 catches for 96.5 yards
Green Bay is riddled with injuries from key players and yet the team hasn’t wavered. Next man up has built this team some experience and depth throughout that is monumental for a postseason run. Despite the healthy distance in 1st and 2nd in the NFC North, Green Bay has four more divisional games in addition to competitive matchups with the Rams, Ravens and Browns. Minnesota isn’t a walkover game either as all 5 of their losses were 7 points or less. Expect the Vikings to hang or at least come crawling back from the garbage time to keep it relatively close. At the end of 60 minutes, it will be LaFleur and the team walking off winners because of a strong defensive outing and consistent run game.
Green Bay thumps the Vikings 34-24
Go Pack Go!