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Packers vs. Vikings NFL Week 2 ATS Picks and Betting Odds

Packers vs. Vikings NFL Week 2 PicksWhen: Sunday, September 18th 2016 at 8:30 PM ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Watch: NBC

The action is coming at us fast this year in the NFL. The Green Bay Packers (1-0) and Minnesota Vikings (1-0) will open up division play in the NFC North on Sunday Night Football. Both teams opened the year with big road wins, but there were a lot of problems both teams need to work on if they want to win the NFC North this season.

Green Bay defeated the Jaguars (27-23) and Minnesota defeated the Titans (25-16). The Vikings looked terrible in the opening half, but they made some big plays in the second half and pulled away. GB were TD favorites, but the Jaguars almost pulled off the upset in the final minutes.

Packers at Vikings point spread, money line and over/under odds

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About 80% of the bets have come in on the Packers to cover against the spread and win straight-up on the ML. Public darlings were bad bets last week and the Vikings are intriguing at home. Bettors expect points to be at a premium, as roughly 65% of O/U bets are on under 43 points.

Packers vs. Vikings match-up analysis

Minnesota won with Shaun Hill, but Sam Bradford will start on SNF. There’s no question Bradford is an upgrade at QB, but he also leaves a lot to be desired. Hill only threw for 236 yards last week and the run game was held to 65 rushing yards, as the Titans were able to lock in on Adrian Peterson.

Green Bay scored 27 points in week 1, but only gained 199 yards through the air and 95 yards on the ground. Aaron Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a TD, but the offense wasn’t in sync yet. Eddie Lacy was held to 61 rushing yards on 14 carries and he’ll struggle again against a tough Vikings front seven.

The Vikings don’t allow teams to run on them, but they can be beat through the air. Rodgers has a lot of weapons at his disposal in the pass game, including Nelson and Randall Cobb. Rodgers will need to air it out a bit more regularly in week 2 if the Packers expect to start the season 2-0 on the road.

The Packers allowed Blake Bortles to throw for 300 yards, but Bortles has a lot of weapons. Bradford has limited weapons and will be making his first start for the Vikings. GB are tough against the run too. The Jaguars were bottled up and held to 48 rushing yards, despite running the football often.

Bet on the Packers ATS in week 2 against the Vikings

This line is too low and despite heavy action on GB, they’re the best bet to cover ATS. The Vikings beat the Packers in week 17 last year to win the NFC North, but the Packers are 5-1-1 against Minny since 2013. Rodgers, Nelson and Cobb will be more comfortable with a game under their belts.

Not only are the Vikings starting a new QB this week in Bradford, but the defense will be without two starters. Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd are both injured. The Packers could be without Sam Shields and Chris Banjo, as both are listed as doubtful on the Packers injury report still.

Both teams have above average defenses this season and know each other well. I expect Peterson and Lacy to both be bottled up and rush for less than a 3.5 YPC average. With that being said, do you trust Rodgers and his aerial weapons or Bradford in his first start for a new team?

Stefon Diggs hauled in seven receptions in week 1 and will lead the Vikings WRs again in 2016, but we have no idea whether Diggs and Bradford will show any chemistry together. If this spread was closer to a TD this would be a tough decision, but at –2 points, the Packers are one of my NFL week 2 best bets.

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