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Week 8 NFL Spreads: Vikings vs. Packers

NFL WEEK 8 – Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

Brett Favre is a good old boy from Mississippi, and he proved earlier this week just why the percentage of good old boys from Mississippi in Mensa is pretty low.

In a seeming never-ending effort to stick it to the management of the Green Bay Packers, who signed his hefty paychecks for some 16 years, Favre said that his current employer, Minnesota, is the most talented team he’s ever played on.


Time: Sunday 4:15 ET
Venue: Lambeau Field, Green Bay
MoneyLine: Vikings +158 (-110) / Packers -175 (-105)
Spread: Packers -3 (-110)
Over/Under: 47

That’s fine except for two facts:

  1. With Favre under center the Vikings have won a grand total of 6 regular-season games, none coming against a team that is lock to be playing games after the regular-season ends.
  2. Favre happened to play on one of the better Super Bowl champions, the 1996 Packers.

Favre’s comments are sure to go up the keesters of what few fans he had left in Wisconsin, even the fawning sportswriters for the Milwaukee Sentinel, who are urging fans not to boo when Favre takes the field at Lambeau on Sunday.Sports Betting at Sportsbook.com

Like that’s gonna happen.

For those interested in seeing any semblance of a race in the NFC North, it’s important for the Packers to stay focused. Green Bay has already lost a division game to Minnesota, and none of the Packers’ 4 victories have come against anyone of consequence. They need a quality win somewhere along the line, and this is as good a place as any to start.

A major concern for Green Bay is its depleted corps of receivers.

Tight end Jermichael Finley, effective (6 catches, 128 yards) in the first Viking battle a few weeks ago, has a bum knee and may not play. And Brett Swain (knee surgery) is done for the season after getting injured on special teams.

All this adds up to a game plan that figures to feature the running of Ryan Grant. Yards gained against the Browns are often as worthless as Confederate currency, but Grant did lumber for 148 vs. Cleveland last week behind an offensive line that is having issues of its own.

The Vikings haven’t exactly been playing a murderers row schedule, either. Of all their opponents (besides GB), only Pittsburgh is now over .500, and the Steelers defense put the hammer down on Favre (interception, fumble lost) last Sunday. Granted, the game was far more important to Pittsburgh than it was to the Vikings, but it proved that Minnesota was beatable and may have provided a blueprint (control the ball and don’t turn it over) for doing so.

As much as cameras will be focused on Favre, the game probably turns on whether or not the Packers can stop Adrian Peterson. If Peterson stays somewhat in check, the Packers defense can bring a little more pressure on Favre, and Favre responds to pressure the only way he knows how – avoid getting hit by throwing the ball up for grabs.

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Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling and travel expert from Massachusetts.


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