Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers
Sunday, 7:00 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Packers – 3 , Total 39
The Green Bay Packers will look decidedly different as they open up the 2008 regular season on Monday as long-time quarterback Brett Favre is gone and understudy Aaron Rodgers has the job. Rodgers will get a real test of what it should be like as he opens up at home against NFC North rival Minnesota. It has been Favre at quarterback since 1992 so things will definitely be different on Monday. “It’s been a difficult time the last few months as far as the attention I’ve gotten, but I think I’m ready for it.” Rodgers said, “I know it’s going to be amped up once the season starts, I’m going to be scrutinized, but that’s the job of being an NFL quarterback.” SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Packers at Home.
Rodgers has a lot of weapons at his disposal. Receivers Donald Driver and Greg Jennings had more than 900 yards last season and running back Ryan Grant finished the season spectacularly. Green Bay also had a defense that was superb, allowing only 18.2 points per game last season, second in the NFC. “I think we’re going to be tough to run on, tough to pass on,” defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. “I think we’ll be a top defense in the NFL.”
Minnesota also has a tough defense. They were the best in the NFL last season against the run but struggled against the pass. That may change this season since they signed pass rushing specialist Jared Allen. The question for Minnesota is on offense where quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has yet to play well in the regular season. The good news is that the Vikings have one of the best players in the NFL in running back Adrian Peterson who had 1,341 yards rushing while scoring 13 touchdowns last season.
SBG Global Current Line: Packers – 2.5 , Total 38
Here are the NFL betting stats for Monday’s game. The Vikings have lost the last four meeting against Green Bay. The Vikings are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 1. The Vikings are 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September. The Vikings are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. NFC North. The Vikings are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Green Bay. The Underdog is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings between the two teams and the road team is 10-2 ATS in the last 12 meetings.
The Packers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September. The Packers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Packers are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Packers are 14-5-2 ATS in their last 21 vs. the NFC. The Packers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. the NFC North. The Packers are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 Monday games.
The Under is 4-0 in the Vikings last 4 Monday games. The Under is 5-1-1 in the Vikings last 7 games in September. The Under is 6-2-1 in the Vikings last 9 road games.
The Over is 5-0 in the Packers last 5 home games. The Under is 4-0 in the Packers last 4 games in Week 1. The Over is 8-0 in the Packers last 8 vs. the NFC. The Over is 5-1 in the Packers last 6 vs. the NFC North. The Over is 14-3 in the Packers last 17 games overall. The Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Green Bay.
Picks Record To Date: 1-1 -1.20 units
Pick: Vikes 2units