2013 NFL Week 8 - Packers vs. Vikings Betting Odds Preview

Line: Packers -9.5

The Vikings played the Giants on Monday night and the Giants looked terrible. On 4 separate occasions passes that should have been intercepted were in the hands of Minnesota defensive players. The Giants allowed a punt return for a touchdown and were sluggish on offense for most of the night. They were fortunate that the Vikings played arguably the worst offensive game in NFL history. The punt return was the lone score in the team’s 23-7 loss. The Packers were thought by many to be heading into a “trap game” because the Browns have shown big improvements in recent weeks. This proved not to be the case as the Packers never trailed in an easy 31-13 victory in which they sprinted out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back.

The Packers improved their record to 4-2 including 3-0 at Lambeau Field. These impressive records will be difficult to handle over the second half of the season as the team has been crushed by injuries. Randall Cobb, who was the number 1 receiver, is lost for the season with an injury. James Jones is not out for the season but will likely miss a few more weeks. Tight End Jermichael Finley left last week’s game on a stretcher after suffering a neck injury. He has movement and feeling in all of his extremities but his return this season is a huge question mark. Wide receiver Jarrett Boykin certainly made the most of his opportunity with 9 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown. The Packers will need multiple players to step up and fill the void left by these injured players. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy appears capable of picking up some of the slack and may be in line for more carries in wake of all the injuries at WR. He had 22 carries for 82 yards and a touchdown last weekend and provides the Packers with a late game option to run out the clock when they have a lead.

The Vikings offense had one of the worst performances in NFL history against the Giants. The biggest question may be the coaching due to the fact that reining NFL rushing champion Adrian Peterson had only 14 carries in a game when they were breaking in a brand new quarterback. It became clear early on that newly signed quarterback Josh Freeman didn’t have a firm grasp on the offense. He didn’t know the progressions and barely audibled throughout the game. He was basically forced to drop back and look for his number one option on every snap. How can a quarterback who played so poorly throw an astounding 53 passes in a situation he was clearly not ready for? The team looked lost and whomever made the decision to start Freeman and then leave him in the game throughout deserves to be second guessed and really shouldn’t have a job. It is too early in the season to commit to a quarterback who is not ready when your team still has a chance at making the playoffs.

Pick: Packers -9.5

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