Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Monday Dec 23, 2019 at 8:15 pm
Opening Line: Minnesota is -4.5 with a total of 46.5
Projected weather: N/A U. S. Bank Stadium is a domed stadium
- Green Bay (11-3 SU, 9-5 ATS) can win the NFC north division title with a victory over Minnesota tonight. The Packers in spite of their record have not been dominant at all this season. In their 11 wins they have only had four in which they have won by more than 7 points. Their total rushing and passing yards on offense and their total rushing and passing yards allowed on defense are all in the bottom half of the NFL rankings.
- The Packers have only turned the ball over on offense nine times all season which ranks as the second lowest total in the NFL. Defensively they have allowed less than 50% of their opponents red zone possessions to score touchdowns which ranks fifth in the NFL.
- RB Aaron Jones had 116 yards rushing and 34 yards receiving in the first game against the Vikings. He had two touchdowns last week against Chicago to give him 17 for the season with 14 rushing and 3 receiving. WR Davante Adams had 7 catches for 106 yards in the first game against the Vikings. LB Blake Martinez leads the NFL with 140 tackles while the Smiths, LBs Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith, have 11.5 and 10 sacks respectively.
- Minnesota (10-4 SU, 8-6 ATS) needs one win in their last two games or one loss by the Los Angeles Rams to clinch a playoff spot.
- RB Dalvin Cook had 20 carries for 154 yards with a 75-yard touchdown run in the first game between these long-time NFC north rivals. However, both Cook with a shoulder injury and backup RB Alexander Mattison with an ankle injury are questionable. Reserve RB Mike Boone is the likely starter. QB Kirk Cousins has thrown for 1,372 yards and 11 touchdowns with a 112.8 passer rating in four career games against the Packers.
- In last week’s 39-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers the Vikings’ defense forced seven turnovers. Pro Bowl defensive end Danielle Hunter ranks third in the league with 13.5 sacks. He is the youngest player to ever register 50 career sacks. Safety Harrison Smith had his third interception last week and is going to the Pro Bowl for the fifth consecutive year.