Vikings quarterback Sean Mannion is set to make his third career NFL start when he and the Minnesota Vikings take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football. With Minnesota starting quarterback Kirk Cousins on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the 29-year-old Mannion is scheduled to make his first start since Week 17 of the 2019 season. He is 0-for-2 as a starter. Meanwhile, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will make his 205th career start for Green Bay (12-3), which has already clinched the NFC North.
Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Green Bay is a 13-point favorite in the latest Packers vs. Vikings odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 42. Before you make any Vikings vs. Packers picks of your own, you see to hear what NFL and Green Bay expert R.J. White has to say.
White, a CBS Sports fantasy and gambling editor, ended the 2020 season on an 80-59 run on all NFL picks, returning more than $1,400 during that span. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
In addition, White is an amazing 49-15-1 (+3197) in his last 65 against-the-spread picks involving the Packers. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has locked in on Packers vs. Vikings and released a confident against-the-spread pick that is available only at SportsLine. Go to SportsLine to see it. Here are the NFL lines and trends for Vikings vs. Packers and Sunday Night Football:
- Packers vs. Vikings spread: Green Bay -13
- Packers vs. Vikings Over/Under: 42 points
- Packers vs. Vikings money line: Green Bay -800, Minnesota +550
- GB: QB Aaron Rodgers leads the league in passer rating (110.8)
- MIN: RB Dalvin Cook ranks third in the league in rushing yards per game (97.0)
Why the Packers can cover
Davante Adams is having another standout season. The five-time Pro Bowl receiver is third in the NFL in receiving yards (1,362) and tied for third in receiving touchdowns (10). He needs just 25 receiving yards to set a career-high.
In addition, the game features one of the league's most penalized teams (Minnesota) against one of the least (Green Bay). The Packers have been flagged just 68 times this season, which is the second fewest in the NFL, behind only the Bengals. Meanwhile, the Vikings have been penalized 104 times; just four teams have been flagged more.
Why the Vikings can cover
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has been a menace to Green Bay in his career. In six career games against the Packers, Cook has averaged 124.4 yards and 1.5 touchdowns per game. The last time these teams met in Green Bay, he rushed for 163 yards and added another 63 yards as a receiver and had four touchdowns in a 28-22 Vikings victory.
Wideout Justin Jefferson has also become a big-time playmaker for Minnesota's offense. Jefferson has recorded a touchdown in three of his last four games, and he had a field day in Minnesota's 34-31 victory over Green Bay earlier this season, catching eight passes for 169 yards and two scores.
How to make Packers vs. Vikings picks
White has analyzed this matchup and while we can tell you he's leaning Over the total, 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 Vikings vs. Packers on Sunday Night Football? And what critical factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Vikings vs. Packers spread you should jump on, all from the top NFL expert who is 49-15 on against-the-spread picks involving the Packers, and find out.