Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: 1/2/22 NFL Picks and Predictions

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: 1/2/22 NFL Picks and Predictions Photo by Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers (12-3) vs Minnesota Vikings (7-8)

Game Info: Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 8:20 pm (Lambeau Field)

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The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers face off in a Week 17 NFL showdown on Sunday Night Football at Lambeau Field. When these two teams faced off on November 21st it was the Vikings that won 34-31. 

The Vikings come into this game with a 7-8 record and they have gone 8-7 against the spread. The Vikings don’t control their playoff fate, but if they want a chance to get in, they are going to need to win this game. In the last game against the Los Angeles Rams the defense gave up 30 points and that led to the seven-point defeat. The Vikings are averaging 25.6 points while their defense is giving up 24.8 points per game. The Vikings are getting Dalvin Cook back, and that is going to be a big boost going into Green Bay. Adam Thielen underwent ankle surgery and will be out the rest of the regular season. Kirk Cousins has tested positive for COVID and will miss this game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Green Bay Packers who sit with a 12-3 record and they have gone 11-4 against the spread. In the last game against the Cleveland Browns it wasn’t the most impressive game but they still won by two points. The Packers are averaging 25.5 points while their defense is giving up 21.6 points per game. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3,689 yards, 33 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Wide receiver Davante Adams has caught 106 passes for 1,382 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense the Packers are getting Jaire Alexander, and that is a big boost for the defense. 

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The Vikings are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games. The Packers are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven home games. The underdog is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games. 

This has been a series dominated by the underdog and it’s going to be no different in this game. The Vikings getting Dalvin Cook back is a big boost for this offense, and they are going to find success running the ball. Look for the Vikings to cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Vikings +6.5

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