Tons will be on the line on Sunday afternoon at the HHH Metrodome for NFL betting fans, as the Minnesota Vikings play host to the Green Bay Packers in what might amount to be one of the most crucial regular season games that we have seen in years.
Green Bay has already locked up the NFC North this year, and it is just one win away from ensuring that the club has a first round bye for the second straight year in the postseason. Of course, last year that didn’t work out so well, but knowing that the New York Giants aren’t likely to show up on the slate helps out a ton. A win will give the Pack the No. 2 seed. A loss parlayed with a win by the San Francisco 49ers gives them the No. 3 seed and forces them to play next week against these same Vikings. QB Aaron Rodgers has the second most passing touchdowns in the league this year with 35, and he needs just 70 passing yards to get to 4,000 for the season. WR Randall Cobb already has 2,342 all-purpose yards this year, and he has a real chance to threaten RB Darren Sproles for the record for the most all-time. Cobb is averaging 156.1 yards per game this year, and he needs 354 to get to the record, something that is definitely attainable with a few good kick returns and some big plays in the offense.
For Minnesota, even more is on the line, as the team is just trying to sneak into the back of the playoffs. The Vikes know that a win will send them to the second season, most likely to Lambeau Field for a third meeting this year with the Packers. A loss, and they’ll have to pray that a ton of other results come in to keep them in the second season, where they would be going to likely Candlestick Park to take on the San Francisco 49ers. RB Adrian Peterson is going to have all eyes on him in this one. He has rushed for 1,898 yards this year, ranking eighth all-time already without doing a thing else. He needs 102 yards to become the seventh back in the history of the league to rush for at least 2,000 yards and 208 to break the 27-year old record of RB Eric Dickerson for the most rushing yards in a single season in NFL history. Minnesota has earned its way to this point in the year, having beaten three teams already that have at least nine wins on the campaign, but it is going to take one more to get the job done to get into the playoffs.
There has been a lot of talk in this one that the Vikings are the team to beat, but we just don’t see it. The Packers are definitively the better of the two sides in our eyes, and we expect to see another game like we saw a few weeks back when the Pack came up with a healthy victory to end the season of the Purple People Eaters. Green Bay 27 – Minnesota 20