The Minnesota Vikings (7-8) head to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers (12-3) for an NFC North showdown on Sunday Night Football. The Vikings will be without staring quarterback Kirk Cousins after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Meanwhile, Green Bay is looking to win its fifth straight game and potentially lock-up the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
Kickoff from Lambeau Field is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Green Bay is favored by 12.5-points in the latest Vikings vs. Packers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under is 42. Before locking in any Packers vs. Vikings picks, make sure you check out the NFL predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has simulated Vikings vs. Packers 10,000 times and revealed its coveted NFL picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Packers vs. Vikings:
- Vikings vs. Packers spread: Green Bay -12.5
- Vikings vs. Packers over-under: 42 points
- Vikings vs. Packers money line: Green Bay -700, Minnesota +475
- GB: The Packers are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games as home favorites
- MIN: The Over is 4-0 in Vikings' last four games following an ATS loss
Why the Packers can cover
Running back Aaron Jones is one of the best dual-threat tailbacks in the NFL. Jones leads the team with 163 carries for 723 yards and four touchdowns. The UTEP product has also caught 47 passes for 361 yards with another six scores. Jones is averaging 77.4 yards from scrimmage per game.
AJ Dillon is the bruising tailback for the Packers. He is a physical runner who is difficult to bring down. Dillon is second on the team with 159 carries for 677 yards and three scores. The Boston College product has rushed for at least 60 yards in five games. Green Bay's duo looks to dominate Minnesota's defense with its combination of physicality and quickness.
Why the Vikings can cover
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is having a terrific season, ranking inside the top-five in rushing yards (1,067) and attempts (226). He's scored at least one touchdown in three of his last five games. In Minnesota's 34-31 victory over Green Bay earlier this season, Cook carried the ball 22 times for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Wide receiver Justin Jefferson is also a main focal point for Minnesota's offense. Jefferson has recorded a touchdown in three of his last four games, and he torched Green Bay's secondary earlier this season, catching eight passes for 169 yards and two scores.
How to make Vikings vs. Packers picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over the point total, projecting the teams to combine for 48 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's Packers vs. Vikings picks at SportsLine.
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