Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers (1/1/23): Betting Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The Minnesota Vikings visit the Green Bay Packers in a big showdown in Week 17 of the 2022-23 NFL Season. The Vikings are coming off yet another dramatic win when they hit a game-winning field goal against the Giants last week. On the other side, the Packers beat the Dolphins and kept their playoff hopes alive. This should be an interesting matchup for playoff hopes in the NFC North. Let’s take a look at the odds and make some picks and predictions for this game!

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Betting Odds

The Green Bay Packers are 3.5-point home favorites against the Minnesota Vikings and are at -175 on the money line. The over/under is also at 47. The spread makes sense because the Packers have been playing well and are the home team. The over/under makes sense too because both of these teams can score, regardless of whether there’s weather issues.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Prediction

The pick: Packers -3.5

The Packers are one of the hottest teams in the entire NFL right now. They were left for dead this season, and now are alive for the playoffs. The biggest issue was the fact that a normally dominant Packers offense seemed to be stuck all season thanks mainly to a receiving corps that was inconsistent. However, now the receivers are making more plays than they have all season with Christian Watson breaking out as a star. Rodgers has also been off this year, but thanks to his receivers stepping up, now he’s playing exponentially better. They also have Aaron Jones at running back, who’s been the most consistent part of their offense all season and has been one of the better running backs in the entire NFL.

They average 21 points and 358 total yards on offense. The defense has been consistent, but has just dealt with a lot of injuries. They have started to really step up recently and will be a huge reason why they make the playoffs if it happens. On the other side, the Vikings have been the most entertaining team in the NFL. 11 of their 12 wins have been by one score, an NFL record. They have weapons across the board on offense from Justin Jefferson, TJ Hockenson, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook. The issue is the Minnesota defense. They’ve been getting gashed almost every game through the air no matter the quality of quarterback they’ve been playing. They are giving up 25 points and 417 yards a game for the year. Take the Packers and the points at home because of how good they’ve looked recently and it’s hard to go against Aaron Rodgers against this bad of a pass defense.

Betting Trends

Vikings are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

Packers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Key Injuries

Minnesota Vikings Injuries: C Garrett BradBury (Back) Q, CB Cameron Dantzler Sr. (Ankle) Q

Green Bay Packers Injuries: WR Christian Watson (Hip) Q, RB Aaron Jones (Ankle) Q

Key Matchups

Can the Vikings secondary contain Aaron Rodgers? Can the Packers secondary slow down Justin Jefferson?

Aaron Rodgers vs the Vikings Secondary

Aaron Rodgers has been okay this year, but not his usual dominant self. He has 3,331 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and he has a 65% completion percentage on the year. He has a great matchup against the Vikings because they give up 296 passing yards a game. Rodgers needs to be the key for the Packers here because he’s their main leader and the matchup he has is too good for him.

Justin Jefferson vs the Packers Secondary

Justin Jefferson has played like the best wide receiver in the NFL this year. He has 123 receptions, 1,756 receiving yards, and eight receiving touchdowns on the year. The Packers will be a tough matchup for Jefferson because they allow 205 passing yards a game. Jefferson has the been the best receiver in the NFL this year and he needs to have a good game against a tough passing defense in order for the Vikings to have a shot here.

Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart

QB: Kirk Cousins
RB1: Dalvin Cook
RB2: Alexander Mattison
LWR: Justin Jefferson
RWR: Adam Thielen
SWR: K.J. Osborn
TE1: T.J. Hockenson

Green Bay Packers Depth Chart

QB: Aaron Rodgers
RB1: Aaron Jones
RB2: AJ Dillon
LWR: Allen Lazard
RWR: Christian Watson
SWR: Samori Toure
TE1: Robert Tonyan

Jake Faigus, graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minored in sports management. He wrote for The Daily Wildcat, as well as the Arizona Fansided blog, Zona Zealots. He currently writes for Aaron Torres Media and runs social media for BracketFanatics.

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