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Predictions For Betting On Packers Vikings – Packers Aim For No. 2 Seed In NFC Playoffs

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/24/2012 4:52:20 PM
The Green Bay Packers have been ravaged by injuries this past season. They can gain a week off in early January and move straight to the second round of the playoffs with a win on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings – Sunday, December 30   

NFL betting line: Green Bay -3

Why Green Bay Will Win

When an online casino flourishes, it gains real momentum… and that also describes the Green Bay Packers at this point in time. The Packers are playing their best football of the season, coming off a 55-7 thumping of the Tennessee Titans at home. Aaron Rodgers is locked in at the moment. He is finding his rhythm and is discovering ways to play amidst the limitations of his team's offense, which is and has been constrained by the health of its offensive line.

Green Bay has had to deal with so many moving parts this season, and when you realize that the Packers were wronged by the call on the Golden Tate touchdown (due to perceived simultaneous possession) in the infamous Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season, Green Bay really should have a 12-3 record entering this game. That's a rather phenomenal piece of work for a team that has had the injuries the Packers have had to absorb.

Mike McCarthy has done a better job of coaching this season than he did in the 15-1 season last year and, for that matter, in the 2010 season when the Packers won the Super Bowl. This is a team that knows how to make all sorts of adjustments, and it has one of the top three quarterbacks in the NFL. Those are good-enough reasons to pick the Packers. The fact that Rodgers will be going up against Christian Ponder, one of the least reliable quarterbacks in the NFL among playoff-contending teams, should also help Green Bay in this game.

Why Minnesota Will Win

In the high-stakes poker that's played in the NFL, you need to fend off your opponents in any way possible. The Minnesota Vikings' defense was expected by many in the league to be a sieve before the season began. The Vikings were viewed to be a team with very little linebacker depth and a lack of a robust, aggressive presence in their front seven (minus Jared Allen, of course).

Yet, the Vikings have become exactly what pundits felt they could never be this season: a rugged defensive team that could stop opponents at their strongest point. Minnesota played a supremely physical game and smacked  down the San Francisco 49ers earlier this season. This past Sunday, the Vikings handled another very physical team, the Houston Texans, and they did so on the road. Minnesota shut down Houston running back Arian Foster and controlled the Texans' offensive line. This is a defense that can hammer Aaron Rodgers and make plays to turn this game in the Vikings' favor.

Who Will Win

It’s going to be hard for Green Bay, with its injuries, to play a more physical game than the Vikings in Minnesota, where the Metrodome crowd will be very loud in support of a playoff-minded team. The Vikings will punch their ticket to the playoffs with a huge win.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Minnesota

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