The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings get their 2022 campaigns started on Sunday with both hoping to make a good first impression. The Packers finished with the most wins in the NFC and won the division for a second straight season, but again flopped in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the Vikings have a new sideline boss as Kevin O’Connell now takes over. He will try to get the new era off on the right foot and send a statement to Aaron Rodgers and co.
Considering the Packers finished with the most wins in the NFC last season and looked like they were built to contend, they endured quite the rocky offseason. They had to convince Aaron Rodgers to ease off his trade demands and once they convinced him to come back, saw star wideout Davante Adams walk in free agency.
The good news is that the Packers should start off against a defense that is somewhere between in shambles and rebuilding in the Vikings. Minnesota’s defense ranked third-worst last season in terms of total yards, including a whopping 130.7 rushing yards per game. The Packers have some questions at receiver but if they’re able to go on the road and find balance with their ground game, they’ll be just fine in this one.
The Vikings took a lot of flack for finishing 8-9 last season but with a little bit of hindsight, we can see that they weren’t so bad. Of their nine losses, seven were to playoff teams. A more manageable strength of schedule could see them rocket up the standings but they’re 16th in that metric and it doesn’t start off easy as they host the Packers in Week 1.
Rodgers is always a problem for the Vikings as he’s 16-10-1 against them. That includes wins in five of the last seven meetings. The hope for Minnesota is that devoting many of their early draft picks, like safety Lewis Cine and corner Andrew Booth Jr., gets them in a better position. Stealing away pass rusher Za’Darius Smith from the Packers should help as well.
Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Game Information
- Date: 09/11/2022
- Time: 04:45 PM ET
- Location: US Bank StadiumMinneapolis,MN
- How to Watch: Packers vs Vikings: NBC
- Live Stream: NFL.TV
Packers vs Vikings Betting Lines
Vikings are +105 according to our Vegas NFL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $105. On the other side, Packers are –125 according to the Vegas NFL Lines. This means that if you wager $100 you have the chance to win $80.
The implied probability for these two teams attached to the betting lines have Vikings at a 48.78% chance of winning the game, meanwhile, Packers have 55.56% probability of finishing the game with the W.
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