Vikings vs. Packers NFL Week 17 Picks: Arguments for Both Sides of the SNF Spread

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To start things off I think everyone in the greater Dallas Area better send me a gift basket after giving the Cowboys some bulletin board material after they completely decimated the Washington Fightin (each other) Football Team. Keep reading to check the NFL odds and start cashing out!

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

Sunday, January 02, 2022 – 08:20 PM EST at Lambeau Field

And welcome to the first time ever in NFL history we have a week 17 that will not see the literal end of the NFL season, as next week we step into the unknown of regular season football in the second week of the new year.

But how do we kick off such a historic occasion? We do so with quite possibly one of the three best teams in football fighting what Stugotz of the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz would call the best 7-8 team in football, as the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings.

While the Packers have won their last two games against AFC Northerners Baltimore and Cleveland by the skin of their teeth (by a combined total of three points), they currently are the number one seed in the NFC and with Aaron Rodgers and the gang looking to make the NFC have to fight their way through Lambeau to make it to SoFi Stadium in February, I would not want to bet against them with that top seed on the line.

But the thing is… these teams are kinda similar?

The Packers weirdly enough have the weaker schedule on paper through 16 weeks than the Vikings, as the Pack played eight teams that if the playoffs started today would be on the outside looking in (one of them being Minnesota, who beat the Packers by three in week 12), while the Vikings have played six teams that would be on the outside looking in if the playoffs started today.

Then you look at the offensive and defensive rankings in the league and both teams are practically neighbors.

The Packers average 250.1 passing yards per game, which is good for 11th in the league; while the team led by Kirk Cousins (also good to know Rodgers was out with COVID and got pulled once) has 255.5 passing yards per game, good for 9th in the NFL.

Add in Minnesota having a better running game and practice are tied in points for (25.5 GB/ 25.6 MIN), you give yourself a real live dog in Minnesota.

If you WANTED to bet Minnesota, I’d take the money line, do not take the spread because the last few weeks have made the scoring a little too close for my comfort to go +7 for or against. 

If you’re a Packer backer, the -280 money line makes me say stay away from it and never speak to anyone again. Yet, if you wanna not put money on Minnesota, your best bet is at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) Over, which is set 48.5 (-110) and with the ways, both of these teams have been scoring lately and in their first matchup this year in Minneapolis, it seems like the safer play for your money.

NFL Pick: Over 48.5 (-110) with BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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