2015 NFL Week 17 - Vikings vs. Packers Betting Odds Preview

The 10-5 Minnesota Vikings travel to Green Bay to take on the 10-5 Packers in the last game of the regular season. Both teams have clinched playoff spots but the Vikings earned an impressive victory last week while the Packers lost in embarrassing fashion. Minnesota blew out the New York Giants 49-17 while the Arizona Cardinals routed the Packers 38-8. These two teams met back on November 22nd with the Packers defeating the Vikings 30-13 in Minnesota.

Minnesota played well on both offense and defense last week as they forced 3 Giants turnovers and scored 49 points. Teddy Bridgewater completed 15 of 25 passes for 168 yards and 1 touchdown without throwing an interception. His favorite target was Stefon Diggs who had 4 catches for 19 yards. Kyle Rudolph also had a nice game as he caught 2 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Adrian Peterson led a balanced running game with 104 yards gained on 22 carries and a touchdown. Jerick McKinnon also had a productive day as he had 7 rushes for 89 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Vikings intercepted Eli Manning 3 times including a pick six late in the first half. They did a decent job stopping the run as the Giants gained 91 yards on 20 carries. They were able to sack Eli Manning 4 times for a loss of 30 yards and had 6 tackles for losses.

The Green Bay Packers played poorly on both sides of the ball last week as they committed 4 turnovers and gave up 38 points. Aaron Rodgers finished with a quarterback rating of 9.4 as he completed 15 of 28 passes for 151 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. He also lost 2 fumbles and was sacked 8 times for a loss of 70 yards. His favorite target was James Jones who had 5 receptions 46 yards. Eddie Lacy led a balanced run game with 12 carries for 60 yards. Defensively, they were able to force 2 turnovers as they intercepted Carson Palmer once and recovered a fumble. They also sacked Palmer twice for a loss of 9 yards and had 3 tackles for losses. They did a decent job against the rush as the Cardinals gained 121 yards on 26 carries.

The Vikings are 12-3 against the spread this year including 6-1 on the road. The Packers are 9-6 against the spread including 4-3 on the road. There is a lot at stake for both teams as the winner of this game claims first place in the NFC North and the overall 3 seed in the NFC playoffs. Minnesota is 2-0 and outscored their opponents 87 to 34 their last 2 games. The Packers are 1-1 and have been outscored 58-38 the last 2 weeks. Green Bay has home field advantage and is favored by a field goal in this game. Eddie Lacy was limited in practice Wednesday and his status for this game is questionable.

Pick: Vikings +3

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