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Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings – October 23

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The Green Bay Packers are now the league’s only perfect team and the way they have been playing they might stay that way for a while.  Most of their wins have been blowouts with the team that got the closest being the Panthers in week 2, they lost by just 7.

Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings
Metrodome – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sunday October 23 – 4:15PMMoneyline:  Green Bay -420, Minnesota +335
Spread (ATS): Green Bay -9
Over/Under: 46.5
Odds courtesy of 5Dimes

Green Bay

That game is also the only one that the Packers haven’t covered the number this season.  They have not only been very impressive but they have been helping to make money.

Where do you start with the accolades?  Green Bay is the top scoring team in the league averaging almost 33 points per game.  The only chink in their armour is that they are not a great running team but since no one has shutdown the Aaron Rogers show this year that hasn’t really been a concern.  On defense they have given up some yards but few points.  This is a hard one to measure as most of their games are blowouts and they have been playing a lot of prevent D.

Green Bay took both games from Minnesota last year and is certainly on a roll right now.  Adding to that is the Vikings decision to start a rookie quarterback and the only thing that might bring them down is over confidence.  I was surprised that this line wasn’t higher as the Pack has already had two 10+ point spreads this season, that included their one ATS loss on the road against another rookie QB Cam Newton. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Minnesota

Minnesota was awful last week against the Bears, in every phase of the game.  After six games they are already 5 games out of first place so they have officially thrown in the towel by benching veteran QB Donovan McNabb in favour of rookie Christian Ponder.  Many ripped his selection when it was made in April but this is the only move they had to make to give the team a chance to win some games and be respectable down the stretch.

It is hard to know what you are going to get in a rookie QB’s first game.  The smart play is to run it as much as possible, especially if you have a horse like Adrian Peterson but the Packers are certainly going to be ready for it.  Around the league several rookie throwers are doing quite well, if Ponder was really the right choice he might do the same.  The bigger problem is a I am not a fan of his weapons.

The Viking might not be the worst team in the league but they are pretty lifeless right now.  The hope is that Ponder gives them a spark but I am not sure he has the personality for that kind of thing.  This is not a horrible defensive team so they may be able to save face at home.  Is this one of those crazy ones that makes you say on any given Sunday?  Doutbful.

ATS Pick:  Green Bay -9
Over/Under Pick:  Under
Score Prediction:  Green Bay 31 – Minnesota 10

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Solid pick. Surprised the number hasn’t shot up.

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