NFL Betting Preview: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
Oddsmakers give the Minnesota Vikings (0-0) the edge when they host the Green Bay Packers (0-0) on Sunday, September 13, 2020 in a matchup between NFC North foes at U.S. Bank Stadium. Minnesota is favored by 3.5 points. The over/under is set at 47.0 for the game.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 13, 2020 Game Time: 1:00 PM TV Channel: FOX Location: Minneapolis, MN Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium
Vikings Players to WatchKirk Cousins recorded 3,602 passing yards (240.1 yards per game) with a 69.1% completion percentage last year (307-of-444), while throwing 26 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games. A season ago, Dalvin Cook racked up 1,135 rushing yards (81.1 yards per game) and scored 13 touchdowns in 14 games. He tacked on 53 catches for 519 yards (37.1 receiving yards per game). Alexander Mattison totaled 462 rushing yards on 100 carries (35.5 yards per game), with one touchdown on the ground over the course of 13 games in 2019. Adam Thielen tacked on 418 yards on 30 grabs with six touchdowns. He was targeted 48 times and put up 41.8 receiving yards per game over the course of 10 matchups last year. Kyle Rudolph caught 39 passes on 49 targets for 367 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 22.9 yards per game in 16 contests in 2019. Yannick Ngakoue boasted an impressive statline of eight sacks, 13.0 TFL, 41 tackles, and one interception over 15 games. In 15 games over his 2019 campaign, Eric Kendricks collected 110 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and 0.5 sacks. Last season, Anthony Harris grabbed six interceptions and added 60 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 11 passes defended in 14 games.
Packers Players to WatchAaron Rodgers recorded 4,002 passing yards (250.1 yards per game) with a 62% completion percentage last year (353-of-569), while throwing 26 touchdowns and four interceptions in 16 games. He also tacked on 183 rushing yards on 46 carries with one touchdown, averaging 11.4 yards per game. Aaron Jones took 236 carries for 1,084 rushing yards a season ago (67.8 yards per game) while scoring 16 touchdowns in 16 games. He also caught 49 passes for 474 yards (29.6 receiving yards per game) with three touchdowns through the air. In 2019, Jamaal Williams ran for 460 yards on 107 carries (32.9 ypg), with one rushing touchdown over the course of 14 games. He also caught 39 passes for 253 (18.1 ypg) and five touchdowns. Allen Lazard chipped in with 35 grabs for 477 yards and three touchdowns over the course of 16 games last year. He was targeted 52 times and averaged 29.8 receiving yards per game. Over 16 games in 2019, Jones caught 49 passes on 69 targets for 474 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 29.6 receiving yards per game. Za'Darius Smith had a strong body of work a year ago, collecting 13.5 sacks, 17.0 TFL and 57 tackles over 16 games. Adrian Amos racked up 81 tackles, 4.0 TFL, one sack, and two interceptions in 16 games over the course of his 2019 campaign. Kevin King picked off five passes and tacked on 66 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and 15 passes defended in 15 games last season.
Vikings vs Packers: Last 5 MeetingsAgainst Green Bay, Minnesota has tallied three wins over the past five contests. Minnesota has outscored Green Bay 95 points to 90 in the past five games.
Vikings vs Packers: Last Five Meetings
Vikings Team DataThe Vikings put an average of 25.4 points per game on the scoreboard last season, 5.8 more than the 19.6 the Packers surrendered in each contest. When they met or went over their scoring average last season, Minnesota was 8-1. Green Bay was 8-0 last season in games where they allowed fewer than 19.6 points. The Vikings offense averaged 353.4 total yards per game last season, within 0.1 yards of the 353.5 the Packers defense allowed. When the Minnesota offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 7-2 last season. Green Bay was 8-2 last season when their defense allowed fewer yards than their season average. The Packers allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 120.1 yards per game in 2019 compared to the 133.3 yards the Vikings offense averaged on the ground per contest. Minnesota was 7-2 last season when they ran for at least their season average. When Green Bay held opposing teams to 120.1 rushing yards or fewer they were 7-1 last year. The Packers forced about the same amount of turnovers per game (1.6) as the Vikings offense committed (1.2). In games where they turned the football over 1.2 times or fewer, Minnesota was 8-2 last season. Green Bay's record last season when they forced more than 1.6 turnovers: 7-0
Packers Team DataThe Packers racked up 4.6 more points per game last year (23.5) than the Vikings gave up (18.9). Green Bay finished 6-1 overall a season ago when the team scored at least 23.5 points. When Minnesota allowed opponents to put up no more than 25.4 points last season, it compiled an 8-1 record. In 2019, the Packers racked up only 3.9 more yards per game (345.5), than the Vikings allowed per outing (341.6). Minnesota's record last season when they racked up at least their season average in total yards: 7-2. In games Minnesota kept its opponents to 341.6 or fewer yards last year, it had a 4-3 record. The Packers rushed for 112.2 yards per game last season, just 4.2 more yards per game than the 108 the Vikings allowed per outing. Green Bay compiled an 8-1 record when the team rushed for at least 112.2 yards last year. Last season, Minnesota finished 9-1 when holding opponents to no more than 108 yards on the ground. The Packers turned the ball over only 0.8 times per game last year, 1.1 fewer turnovers per game than the 1.9 the Vikings forced on average. In games in 2019, Green Bay had an 8-1 record when it turned the ball over 0.8 times or less. When it forced 1.9 or more turnovers last season, Minnesota compiled a 5-3 record.
Vikings Fantasy LeadersCousins was the No. 20 fantasy player overall and the No. 16 fantasy quarterback in 2019 with 244.4 points (averaging 16.3 per game). Cook collected 239.4 fantasy points a season ago (17.1 per game), enough to place him 22nd overall and fifth among running backs in league-wide fantasy standings. Last year, Thielen averaged 8.4 fantasy points per game on the way to 84.4 total fantasy points. That made him the 145th-ranked fantasy player overall and the 56th-ranked wide receiver. Rudolph put together the 160th-ranked fantasy season (14th among tight ends) in 2019 with 74.7 fantasy points, averaging 4.7 per game.
Packers Fantasy LeadersRodgers put together a strong 2019 fantasy season, scoring 278.4 total fantasy points (17.4 per game) to finish 10th overall and ninth among quarterbacks in the league-wide fantasy rankings. Last year, Jones finished as the 14th-ranked fantasy player overall and the third-ranked running back. He put up 265.8 fantasy points, averaging 16.6 per game. Davante Adams was the 29th-best wide receiver and the 90th-best fantasy player overall with 129.7 fantasy points last season, averaging 10.8 per game. Williams' 2019 campaign saw him finish as the No. 112 fantasy player and the No. 36 RB with 107.3 fantasy points (averaging 7.7 per game).
Vikings vs Packers Betting Information
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Vikings Betting InsightsMinnesota had an 8-6 record against the spread last year. Last season, the Vikings went 4-4 ATS when projected as at least 3.5-point favorites. In 2019, most of Minnesota's games with a betting line -- five out of 14 opportunities -- went over the point total (35.7%).
Vikings Home TrendsMinnesota hit the over four times in eight opportunities at home last year (50%). Last season, Vikings home games averaged 40.5 points, 6.5 fewer than this contest's over/under (47.0). Minnesota put together a 4-3 record against the spread at home last year, and went 6-2 overall in home games. Last season, the Vikings finished an even 3-3 ATS at home as at least a 3.5-point favorite.
Packers Betting InsightsGreen Bay's games went under 47.0 points in eight out of 14 opportunities last season (57.1%). Green Bay had an 8-6 record against the spread last year. The Packers went 6-5 ATS last season when an underdog by at least 3.5 points.
Packers Road TrendsGreen Bay hit the over in just 37.5% of its away games last year (three of eight opportunities). Packers away games last season averaged 41 total points, 6.0 fewer than this outing's over/under (47.0). Green Bay put together a 4-3 record against the spread on the road last year, and went 6-2 overall in away games. The Packers finished 2-2 ATS on the road last season when playing as at least a 3.5-point underdog.
Additional InfoLast season, Minnesota played in eight games that ended with a point total higher than 47.0 (50% of matchups). Last year, Green Bay played four games that finished with a point total higher than 47.0 (25% of matchups). The teams combined to score 48.9 points per game last season, 1.9 more points than the total for this matchup. These teams gave up a combined 38.5 points per game last year, 8.5 fewer points than the over/under for this contest. The average total in Vikings contests last season was 44.4, 2.6 fewer points than this game's over/under. The average over/under for Packers outings last year was 43.1, 3.9 fewer points than this game's point total.
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