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Tips For Betting On Vikings Packers – Peterson Looks To Finish What He Started In Rematch Versus Packers

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/31/2012 3:56:06 PM

When Minnesota Vikings’ running back Adrian Peterson was carried off the field in the final seconds of last weekend’s sports betting win over the Green Bay Packers, he was just nine yards short of tying Eric Dickerson’s NFL single-season rushing yard record. Peterson helped set up the game-winning field goal before his teammates mobbed him and mockingly forced him from the field, and while he won’t have a chance to break Dickerson’s record, AP will look to pick up from where he left off last Sunday in a rematch against the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota clinched its playoff berth in last week’s win over the Packers, and now has the chance to eliminate the NFC North champions in this week’s Wild Card game.

NFC Wild Card Round
Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Saturday January 5, 2013 – 8:00 PM ET
Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin
NFL Betting Line: Green Bay – 8

The fact that the Vikings are eight-point underdogs against a team they beat last week is testament to the lack of respect this team gets, but they still have to prove themselves on the road. Green Bay has a distinct advantage in two key areas with the better quarterback and more playoff experience, and it will be interesting to see how Minnesota responds.

NFL Betting Preview: Minnesota Vikings

Peterson has now rushed for 409 yards combined in two games against the Packers this season, so there is little doubt that the Vikings will attack with a steady dose of the league’s top rusher. Peterson finished the regular season with 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging six yards per carry along the way. Christian Ponder has yet to take that next step and become a great quarterback, but he is solid as long as he doesn’t turn the ball over. A Minnesota defense that has been decimated by injuries has made some big plays down the stretch, but will face a very tough test this week.

NFL Betting Preview: Green Bay Packers

Playing at home in the postseason is considered a huge advantage for the Packers, but the weather could play a negative role against an opponent that is much better than they are at running the football. Aaron Rodgers threw for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns this season, but Green Bay did not have a 500-yard rusher and that could be a major liability in the postseason. The Packers’ defense has also been hit by a ton of injuries and while Clay Matthews will be in the lineup, there are doubts as to how healthy he really is.

NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

While Green Bay may still be the better team at home, the Vikings aren’t going to be intimidated with the league’s leading rusher against a team they just beat to make the playoffs. Minnesota still has holes on both sides of the ball, but they are making big plays as a team and should be able to at least cover the online betting number in this week’s NFC Wild Card Round.

NFL Betting Pick: Minnesota Vikings


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