Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings - 12/23/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Green Bay Packers (11-3) at Minnesota Vikings (10-4)
NFL Football: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 8:15 pm (U.S. Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Vikings -5 -- Over/Under: 47
The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings meet Monday in week 16 NFL action at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Green Bay Packers look for a statement victory after winning eight of their last nine games. The Green Bay Packers have won four of their last six road games. Aaron Rodgers is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 3,463 yards, 24 touchdowns and two interceptions. Rodgers has two or more touchdown passes in 13 of his last 24 games. Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling have combined for 1,215 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Aaron Jones has 45 receptions. The Green Bay Packers ground game is averaging 106.5 yards per contest, and Jones leads the way with 830 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Green Bay is allowing 20.2 points and 371.3 yards per game. Blake Martinez leads the Green Bay Packers with 140 tackles, Preston Smith has 11.5 sacks and Kevin King has four interceptions.
The Minnesota Vikings also look for a big division win after winning four of their last five games. The Minnesota Vikings have won all six home games this season. Kirk Cousins is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 3,481 yards, 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. Cousins has two or more touchdown passes in 12 of his last 23 games. Stefon Diggs and Dalvin Cook have combined for 1,592 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Adam Thielen has 30 receptions. The Minnesota Vikings ground game is averaging 135.9 yards per contest, and Cook leads the way with 1,135 yards and 13 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 18.5 points and 338.9 yards per game. Eric Kendricks leads the Minnesota Vikings with 110 tackles, Danielle Hunter has 13.5 sacks and Anthony Harris has five interceptions.
The Packers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Monday games and 6-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NFC, 36-15-1 ATS in their last 52 home games and 2-11 ATS in their last 13 Monday games. The under is 5-1 in Packers last 6 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Vikings last 6 games overall. The Packers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Minnesota. The home team is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota and 8-2 in the last 10 meetings.
The Green Bay Packers won the previous meeting back in September but have lost six of the last eight meetings against the Vikings overall. The Packers are finding ways to win games, but they have some issues with receivers not being able to get open and the offensive line not holding up. There's been many games this season where the Packers have barely escaped the jaws of defeat. The Minnesota Vikings defense seems to be getting better each week and Cousins is taking care of the football, throwing just three picks since September 22. Free points and Aaron Rodgers is tempting, but the Vikings are clearly the better and more balanced team. I'll take the Vikings by a touchdown.