We have an epic NFC North matchup to open the 2022 NFL season!
The Green Bay Packers take on their division rival Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at 4:25 pm ET on FOX in Minneapolis at US Bank Stadium.
The Green Bay Packers again have Super Bowl dreams on their minds, despite losing All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in the offseason. The Pack still has four-time MVP Aaron Rodgers, though, and still has plenty of guys to pitch to, including Sammy Watkins, Allen Lazard and rookie Christian Watson.
The Vikings are coming off an 8-9 season, but they appear to be the only team in the division with a chance of dethroning Green Bay. They’ll need more consistency on the defensive front, but with wide receiver Justin Jefferson and running back Dalvin Cook along with Kirk Cousins, they’ll be fine offensively.
Here’s everything you need from a betting perspective on the Packers-Vikings game, from point spread, money line, total over/under and expert selection (Odds via FOX Bet):
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Green Bay Packers @ minnesota vikings (4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday, FOX)
Point difference: Packers -2 (Packers favorite to win by more than 2 points, otherwise Vikings cover)
money line: Packers -133 favorites to win (bet $10 to win $17.52 total); Vikings +110 underdogs to win (bet $10 to win $21 total)
Total score over/under: 48 points scored by both teams combined
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The Packers are 5-4 against the spread (ATS) and 7-2 outright (SU) on the road when facing NFC North opponents with Matt LaFleur as coach, going under in five of those games. Additionally, they are 7-8 ATS and 10-5 SU as road favorites in that same stretch, holding under in nine of those games.
The Vikings are 7-4 ATS and 4-7 SU as home underdogs since 2015, hitting under in six of those games. They are 13-8 ATS and 13-8 SU at home against NFC North opponents in that same stretch, under in 13 of those games.
Aaron Rodgers is 31-32-1 ATS and 42-22 SU as a starter when he was a favorite on the road in his career.
Kirk Cousins is 11-9 ATS and 9-11 SU as a starter when he is an underdog at home in his career.
Selection by betting analyst Sam Panayotovich:
I’ve gotten poetic enough about how much I love Minnesota this year.
First, the defensive front is as strong as it has been since the Vikings reached the NFC Championship five years ago. But most importantly, the offense is about to reach new heights with head coach Kevin O’Connell in charge.
Expect a lot more pace and space for Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook throughout the season and a big year for Kirk Cousins.
Green Bay is a fatter-tailed team that will peak later in the season as the playoffs draw closer, but they give me Minnesota in Game 1.
TO CHOOSE: Vikings (+2 at FOX Bet) lose by less than 2 points (or win outright)
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