Packers vs. Vikings odds: Picks, predictions from top-rated expert who's 34-7 on Green Bay, Minnesota games

We now know Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is active on Sunday against the division-rival Minnesota Vikings. Kickoff from Lambeau Field is at 1 p.m. ET. What remains to be seen is how effective Rodgers will be, as reports on Sunday indicated his knee injury could linger for several months. Bookmakers have the visiting Vikings as 2.5-point favorites in the latest Packers vs. Vikings odds, while the over-under, or total number of points expected to be scored, is 45.

Before you lock in any Packers vs. Vikings picks, you need to see what SportsLine's RJ White has to say. He was SportsLine's most profitable NFL analyst last season as he returned $100 bettors a profit of nearly $2,000. Now, he's already picked up where he left off. The CBS Sports NFL editor is on an astounding 9-2 run with his NFL spread picks.

It's not a fluke, either. White finished in the top 1 percent of the Las Vegas SuperContest two of the past three years. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

The renowned prognosticator has now turned his eye toward Sunday's showdown between the Packers and Vikings. History is on his side, as White looks to build on an incredible 34-7 record on against-the-spread picks over the past two seasons involving either of these teams.

White has analyzed every detail of this pivotal Week 2 matchup and has released a confident point-spread selection, which he's sharing over at SportsLine. 

He is well aware that a key factor to the game will be the health and effectiveness of Rodgers, who turned in one of the most memorable performances of his career in a 24-23, Week 1 victory over the Bears. Rodgers was carted off the field with a knee injury in the first quarter, but returned in the second half with his team facing a 20-point deficit. He led the Packers on a comeback for the ages, throwing three second-half touchdown passes. But Rodgers hobbled throughout, and his availability was in question heading into Sunday's game against the rival Vikings. DeShone Kizer would fill in if Rodgers is ineffective.

Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins had a solid and mostly mistake-free debut for the Vikings after coming over from the Redskins in the off-season. He threw for 244 yards while remaining turnover-free and got some help from a balanced run game. Running back Dalvin Cook, coming off an injury that shortened his rookie season, had 16 carries for 40 yards and six catches for 55 yards. 

But the real star for Minnesota, as is often the case, was a defense that ranked No. 1 in the NFL last year. The unit allowed San Francisco to make some effective drives, but tightened up when it mattered most. Harrison Smith made a game-clinching interception with 1:35 left, and also recovered a fumble by Alfred Morris near the goal line in the first half. 

We can tell you White is leaning under, but he's found a crucial X-factor that he knows will determine the outcome.

Who wins Vikings vs. Packers? And what crucial factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side you need to jump on Sundaym all from the top NFL analyst who's hitting an astounding 83 percent of his picks involving these teams.

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