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Week 4 NFL Lines: MNF Packers vs. Vikings

Monday Night Football Betting – Favre In For Revenge

It will be a special edition of Monday Night Football this week as the backdrop of the game is one for the ages. Hall of Famer-to-be Brett Favre leads the Minnesota Vikings – yes, the Vikings – against the Green Bay Packers in a game that is rife with bitterness.

On one hand, Favre didn’t exactly handle his retirement/unretirement situation very well with Green Bay two years ago and when he could make up his mind, the Packers moved on to Aaron Rodgers.

Time: 8:35 ET
Venue: Metrodome
Packers vs. Vikings Monday Night Football Lines
MoneyLine: Packers +180 / Vikings -220
Spread: Vikings -4.5
Over/Under: 46

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On the other hand, Favre feels scorned but the team he spent all but two years of his career with, becoming a legend, because they didn’t want him back.

On Monday Night Football, Favre will try to prove them wrong.

Keep in mind that this isn’t only revenge for Favre. His former Packers teammates feel backstabbed by the fickle quarterback and nothing would make them happier than to get the win. Speaking of someone who would like to get the win, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers could get the gorilla off of his back if he can lead the Packers to a win at the Metrodome.

Packers Offense vs Vikings Defense

While this showdown is supposed to be Rodgers versus Favre, or Favre versus the Packers, the truth of the matter is that this game will be won or lost by the Packers offensive line.

The Packers ground game has yet to get untracked and this likely won’t be the game it happens. Going up against one of the best run defenses in the NFL is not the remedy for Ryan Grant’s struggles.

On top of that, the Packers have some issues on their offensive line that could really compound the offensive struggles. Rodgers has been sacked 12 times in three games and right tackle Allen Barbre has been downright abused. While he’s been a turnstile, the other starting tackle, Chad Clifton, is going to be out for this game because of an ankle injury.

Going up against one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, this game could get ugly if the Vikings can control the line of scrimmage on defense.

Vikings Offense vs Packers Defense

Although Favre has been a caretaker for the Vikings so far this season, keep in mind that he has a tendency for heroics when there is more on the line than just a football game (See: performance against Oakland Raiders after his father passed away).

For the Vikings, they are going up against a mediocre defense and they will be at home. They simply need to run it with Adrian Peterson to keep the Packers honest and hit some throws with Favre.

The Packers are giving up 128.7 rushing yards per game and their pass defense has notched just five sacks on the year. As long as Favre doesn’t throw the ball into the hands of Charles Woodson, the Vikings should be able to move up and down the field with regularity.

Outlook & Pick

It would be a great story for Rodgers to upend Favre and the Vikings but it’s just not likely. The Packers offensive line is a real weakness right now and going on the road against a team that has an above average defensive line – and defense – figures to be a problem. If the Packers can protect and sling the ball around to their talented receivers, they will be in this game. But the reality is that the Vikings have the advantages heading into this contest.

Pick: Vikings -4.5

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Dave Golokhov has written for BETUS Sportsbook, Sportsfanmagazine.com, FOX, Askmen.com, Sports-central.org, and the FOXSports.com Funhouse.

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  1. Even without all the distractions it would be a tall task for the Packers to go into Minnesota and get a win. The fear is that Aaron Rodgers tries too hard to win this game and starts forcing things. Favre could equally try and do the same thing.

    A key turnover late in the game decides this one.

  2. Im also on the min-4.5 pick.
    7:7 after Q1 lets see how it ends 🙂

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