The playoff-bound Minnesota Vikings will try to continue their winning ways when they host the NFC North-leading Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Vikings (10-4), who have won two straight games and four of five, officially clinched a postseason berth on Saturday night when the Rams lost to the 49ers. Minnesota still has an outside chance at winning the NFC North, but needs to win on Monday Night Football. Meanwhile, the Packers (11-3) can win their first division title since the 2016 season by beating the rival Vikings. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.
Minnesota is a 4.5-point favorite in the latest Packers vs. Vikings odds after the line rose as high as 5.5, while the over-under for total points scored is 46.5 after moving as high as 47.5. Before you make any Packers vs. Vikings picks or Monday Night Football predictions of your own, you need to hear what SportsLine's resident Green Bay expert, R.J. White, has to say.
White has been SportsLine's top pro football analyst for almost three years. Since Jan. 1, 2017, the CBS Sports NFL editor and nationally-recognized NFL Draft expert has returned $2,219 to $100 bettors with his against-the-spread NFL picks. The stats guru, whose picks are coveted by fans everywhere, has hit it big in the world's most prestigious handicapping tournament, the Westgate Las Vegas SuperContest, twice in the past four years. In addition, he has had a particularly keen eye for the Packers. He is an amazing 32-6 with his last 38 against-the-spread picks involving Green Bay. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has locked in on Packers vs. Vikings and released another confident against-the-spread pick that is available only at SportsLine. Go to SportsLine to see it. Here are the NFL odds and trends for Vikings vs. Packers:
- Vikings vs. Packers spread: Minnesota -4.5
- Vikings vs. Packers over-under: 46.5 points
- Vikings vs. Packers money line: Minnesota -230, Green Bay +190
- MIN: DE Danielle Hunter has five sacks in his last three games.
- GB: Packers are No. 2 in the NFL in turnover margin (+14)
White knows defensive end Danielle Hunter should be in the conversation for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The fifth-year player from LSU is tied for third in the league with 13.5 sacks, including five in his last three games. In last Sunday's victory over the Chargers, Hunter was all over the field, forcing two fumbles and recovering another while also registering a sack.
In addition, White has factored in that the Packers were blown out the last time they played a playoff-caliber team on the road. On Nov. 24, quarterback Aaron Rodgers (20-of-33 passing, 104 yards) was harassed by the 49ers into one of the worst performances of his career, a 37-8 San Francisco win. Green Bay is 4-2 away from Lambeau Field this year, but has beaten only one team above .500 on the road, a Kansas City team without quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Even so, Minnesota is no guarantee to cover the Vikings vs. Packers spread on Monday Night Football.
White knows that Packers running back Aaron Jones is in the midst of a breakout season. The third-year vet has 1,255 all-purpose yards and 17 total touchdowns in 14 games. In the first matchup between the teams, he had 23 rushes for 116 yards and a touchdown and four receptions for 34 yards.
In addition, Kenny Clark is playing as well as any defensive tackle in the NFL. The fourth-year player had eight tackles and two sacks last week against Chicago. Linebacker Za'Darius Smith and Clark rank in the top 10 in the NFL in quarterback hurries.
White has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he's leaning over, he has discovered a crucial x-factor that makes one side of the spread a must-back. He's sharing it only at SportsLine.
Who wins Packers vs. Vikings on Monday Night Football? And what crucial x-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Packers vs. Vikings spread you should jump on Monday, all from the expert who is an amazing 32-6 on his last 38 against-the-spread picks involving Green Bay.