NFL Week 7 Free Picks: Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers
(2-3, 2-3 ATS)
Green Bay Packers
(3-3, 2-4 ATS)
My, what a glorious opportunity this is for the Vikes! QB Brett Favre is coming back to Lambeau, where he threw for four TDs last year and dropped a cool 38 spot on the board in the city that idolized him for the better part of two decades. Minnesota has won back to back games and is the only team in the division that really looks like it has a clue at this point. A win could very well move the men in purple and gold within a half game of the lead in the NFC North and put them in a position to run away with the division title in the second half of the season, especially with potentially the key to the offense, WR Sidney Rice expected back at some point in about a month or so. Since getting WR Randy Moss in the fold, Favre has thrown for four TD passes, improving his total to six on the season. He has also only thrown just one pick in those two games after throwing six in his first three. Favre had a very efficient game last week against the Dallas Cowboys, as he completed 73.7 percent of his passes. However, he let RB Adrian Peterson do the majority of the work in the ‘W’, as he has been battling an elbow injury that has threatened his Ironman streak of starts that dates back to 1992.
The Packers really just need to find a way to get healthy, but know that that isn’t going to happen, it’s going to be a matter of buckling down and doing the best with what they have to work with. TE Jermichael Finley is really a key cog missing in this offense. He is the man responsible for the short passing game, while WR Greg Jennings and WR Donald Driver tend to run deeper routes. The running game was cut off at the knees as well when RB Ryan Grant went down with a season ending ankle injury in Week 1. Granted, with all of that being said, the Pack have watched as all three of their losses this year have come by just three points, and in all three games, K Mason Crosby had a chance to win it. Is Green Bay just that close, or is it so far away that it isn’t even funny? A loss on Sunday Night Football would mark three losses in a row, and with the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, and Atlanta Falcons all coming up after that, three games of which are on the road, things are getting very, very dicey in Title Town.
So let’s get the facts straight here. Brett Favre doesn’t lose on primetime football all that often. He doesn’t lose at Lambeau Field all that often. He has never lost to the Packers in his career. Yep. He’s not losing this one either.
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