The competitive NFC North starts the season with two divisional matchups. At the top of the division, the Green Bay Packers cross the border to take on the Minnesota Vikings. It is expected to be a great game, with the NFL odds and being close, as well as many of the NFL picks around the industry for Packers vs. Vikings.
Will Aaron Rodgers start the season with a bang, or will the Vikings overcome their team’s losses to get a big Week 1 win? The following will find the best NFL odds for Packers vs. Vikings, give you some betting trends and offer the best NFL picks available to make.
Packers vs. Vikings NFL Odds and Info
- Opening Lines: MIN -3.0, O/U 46.0
- Moneyline: GB: (+116) | MIN: (-136)
- Spread: GB: +2.5 (-110) | MIN: -2.5 (-110)
- Total: 45.5 – Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)
- Location: U.S. Bank Stadium — Minneapolis, MN
- Start Time: 1 pm ET
- Coverage: FOX
Packers vs Vikings Overview
After making it to the NFC Championship, the Packers went into the draft and did not select a single player that will start for their team. There seems to be a disconnect from the front office and reality because the reality is that this team is capable of contending right now if they added a couple of pieces. They did not add these pieces, and the Packers hope their 13-win team from last season can do the same thing, while the rest of the NFC somehow plays worse.
The Packers will be a run-first team, using a trio of talented running backs. However, Aaron Rodgers is newly single and looks re-energized. His receiving corps, though lackluster on paper, is now healthy and could surprise many this season.
The Vikings offense lost Stefon Diggs but added Justin Jefferson. While this may not seem like much of a drop, it is for Week 1. Diggs was the deep outside threat that stretched defenses and opened up lanes underneath for Dalvin Cook and the slot receivers. Now, Adam Thielen is moved outside, where he is not as good, and Jefferson is in the slot. Can the Vikings be enough of a threat vertically to keep defenses honest?
There are more question marks on this Vikings defense than Mike Zimmer has ever had in Minnesota. They cleared their cornerback room this offseason, so there will be a lot of inexperienced play in that secondary. Also, longtime nightmare of Aaron Rodgers, Everson Griffen, is now in Dallas. To replace that production, Minnesota recently traded for Yannick Ngakoue. Unfortunately for the Vikings, Danielle Hunter was placed on IR. Yet, the NFL odds have held steady.
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Packers vs. Vikings Betting Trends
- The total hit the under in seven of Green Bay’s last 10 games of the 2019 season.
- Green Bay is 7-3 straight up in its last 10 road games.
- Minnesota was 4-2 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games of the 2019 season.
- The total hit the under in four of Minnesota’s last six games of the 2019 season.
Packers vs. Vikings 2019 Stats
- Green Bay averaged 23.6 points per game (PPG) during the 2019 season (No. 14 in NFL).
- Green Bay surrendered 20.7 PPG during the 2019 season (No. 12 in NFL).
- Minnesota averaged 24.6 PPG during the 2019 season (T-No. 10 in NFL).
- Minnesota surrendered 19.4 PPG during the 2019 season (No. 6 in NFL).
Packers vs. Vikings NFL Picks + NFL Odds
First Team to 15 Points: Packers (+115)
Spoiler alert: I’m picking the Packers to win, and you can read below why I am on that side. I also think the under hits, so it may not take too much more than 15 points to win this game. The Packers will get there first, and it will be thanks to the passing game, not the run-heavy approach their offense is built to do.
Packers vs. Vikings Pick
The Vikings face Rodgers, with no fans, missing their top two pass rushers from last season and they have inexperienced cornerbacks. The odds still favor the Vikings, though. Interesting. I’ll take the Packers to cover the spread, though the moneyline has more lucrative NFL odds.
Pick: Green Bay Packers +2.5