Green Bay (6-3) at Minnesota (7-2)
When: Sunday, November 22nd 2015
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: FOX
After the first six games of the regular season it looked as though the Green Bay Packers were going to run away with the NFC North, but three straight losses have now put them behind the red-hot Minnesota Vikings as the teams meet today for the first of two meetings this season. Back-to-back road losses to undefeated Denver and Carolina were reasonable enough, but nobody expected them to lose at home to the Lions last week. Green Bay has scored just 55 points during its three-game losing streak and 28 of those points have come in the fourth quarter. Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 702 yards, 6 touchdowns and one interception in the last two games, but the running game is really letting them down. Eddie Lacy was benched after gaining just 51 yards on 20 carries in a three-game span. James Starks took over last week, but has just 90 yards rushing in the last three games. Wide receiver Randall Cobb has been held under 53 yards in five of his last six games, but Davante Adams has caught 17 passes in the last two contests. Rodgers has terrific numbers in his career against the Vikings throwing 26 touchdowns to only 3 interceptions in winning nine of the last ten meetings.
The Vikings started the season with high hopes, but came out flat in the Monday night opener in San Francisco. Since then, they have won seven of their last eight to take over first place in the NFC North. Their only loss was a 3-point setback against then undefeated Denver. Their defense has been solid holding opponents to just 17.1 points a game – 2nd best in the NFL. Running back Adrian Peterson is back in form and is the NFL’s leading rusher again after he ran all over Oakland last week for 203 yards. That marks his third straight game over 100 yards and fifth this season. With Peterson’s running and the defense shutting teams down, means that QB Teddy Bridgewater just has to manage the game. He has been held under 200 yards passing in three straight games and the Vikings now rank 31st in passing offense, but 1st in rushing. Minnesota will be looking for their longest winning streak since 2009 if they can beat the Packers today.
The Packers are struggling on offense and have lost three straight. Adrian Peterson is running wild and the Vikings defense is playing extremely well. I can’t make a case for the Packers to win this game except for the fact that their due and that’s not a reason to back a team. I’ll take the hot Vikings today.
Pick: Vikings -1