NFL Playoffs Packers vs Vikings NFC Wild Card Betting Odds
A week after Minnesota defeated Green Bay 37-34 to secure the final spot at the 2013 NFC playoff party, these two clubs are set to battle again during Wild Card Weekend. The Vikings vs Packers grudge match is slated for 8:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 5, 2013, from legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay Wisconsin. This contest is lined with some very thick chalk.
Green Bay Packers: Didn’t play possum during Week 17
Basically, this is the second playoff game of the season for both teams. A first round bye was on the line for the Packers last weekend and their starters played until the final snap of the loss in Minnesota. Green Bay played the same team twice in a row three years ago as the Packers beat the Cardinals in the regular season finale at home but then lost on the road in Arizona in the first round of the playoffs. The Packers, who are on a 28-4 recent regular season run at home, get to return to Lambeau for the rematch against the Viks on Saturday.
Under the guidance of QB Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay lost to the Cardinals in OT during the Wild Card round in the 2009 playoffs. Then the Packers won four straight on the road as a Wild Card entry to capture Super Bowl XLV during the 2010 postseason. Last year, Green Bay lost at home to the Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants in the Divisional Playoff round. It’s been a character testing season for the Packers as a 2-3 start, coupled with injuries and a blown call by the officials in Week 3, helped keep the Packers from securing a first round bye.
Minnesota Vikings: Adrian Peterson comes up huge in must win victory
Unlike the Packers, who had already qualified for the NFL postseason, the Vikings needed a win to get into the playoffs during Week 17 action. Minnesota returns to the post season for the first time since they lost to the Super Bowl XLIV Champion New Orleans Saints in the Conference Finals back during the 2010 NFL playoffs. The previous season, the Vikings lost at home to the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round. As the big spread on this game indicates, the Vikings are in tough as road dogs in this contest.
Despite falling just nine yards short of the NFL single season rushing record, Purple Jesus put the entire State of Minnesota on his back and carried them into the playoffs. All Day ran all day in Week 17 as he racked up 199 rushing yards, with one TD on 34 carries, to go along with a 2-yard TD catch. Peterson went off for 220 total yards and a TD in the Vikings 23-14 loss at Lambeau Field in Week 12. Doing some quick math, AP has accounted for 421 of the 803 yards of total offense that Minnesota gained against the Packers this season.
Vikings vs Packers Wagering Odds and Advantage Sports Betting Prediction
The bookmakers at sportsinteraction.com have posted the Packers as -8 (-110) point favorites against the spread and -380 chalk on the money line. Minnesota fans get the Vikings at +300 straight up and the Over/Under is set at 46 total points. That’s a lot of points to lay against Adrian Peterson and a Vikings team that has won four straight games by a 117-76 combined final score. On the other side of the coin, the Packers are 11-4 against a spread of nine or more points in their last 15 regular season home games dating back to 2008.
Seven of the last 14 games in this series have surpassed the 46 point plateau – including last weekends 37-34 track-meet. Three of the last four meetings in Green Bay topped that mark with the lone exception being the Packers 23-14 win this season. With a lot of playoff action still to come, we are going to make what we believe is the “safest” move here. Give us the Packers at home with the -380 money line at the SportsInteraction online wagering website.