NFL Betting Predictions: Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings offense struggled once again last week till the point QB Donovan Mcnabb was pulled in favor of rookie QB Christian Ponder. McNabb actually didn’t play terribly stat wise throwing 19 completions on 24 attempts for a high 79% completion rate, and 177 yards. However McNabb took 5 sacks in this game losing a large 43 yards and failed to get his offense clicking. Rookie Christian Ponder did not do anything amazing, but the Vikings want to throw him in the fire and see what they got in their first round pick this year. With McNabb in the Bears refused to respect the pass and held RB Adrian Peterson to 39 total yards, and the Vikings brass have apparently seen enough and will be starting Ponder this week against the Packers.
There is nothing good to say about the Vikings defense who the Bears tore apart last week. They allowed 377 total yards, 119 yards rushing, and 267 yards passing. Bears QB Jay Cutler played great throwing throwing 2 TD’s no 0′s and only got sacked once. As Jay Cutler is the highest sacked QB in the league this is bad for a team that has DE Jared Allen on one side of the defensive line.
The Green Bay offense put up 24 points against the Rams last week which and I am surprised they stopped there. QB Aaron Rodgers continued his amazing campaign as he threw 316 yards and 3 TD’s putting his total at 17 on the year, and also has two more rushing. The Packers have yet to get their running game moving but with a QB like Rodgers they are going to remain a pass happy team all year long.
The Packers defense looked great last week, but playing the Rams will usually have that effect. Rams QB Sam Bradford heard footsteps all game as he was sacked 3 times, one of which was very brutal from LB AJ Hawk. The Pack defense also managed to grab and interception and force a fumble. Its amazing they gave up 328 passing yards to Sam Bradford but only gave up 3 points all game.
My Prediction: The question to me is less of a ” will the Packers win” and more of a ” will the Packers cover the spread? “. I believe the Pack comes in on the road and covers the spread easily in this one against an unproven Vikings QB in Christian Ponder who is probably going to make some mistakes in this game.