Vikings vs. Packers NFL Week 2 Predictions, Preview & Betting Tips
We have Vikings vs. Packers NFL Week 2 Predictions, Preview & NFL Betting Tips for the Week 2 feature at Lambeau Field, Green Bay.
A pair of fierce NFC North rivals help to highlight the Week 2 NFL schedule, as the Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings.
Both teams won last week, so first place in the NFC North is on the line in this game. The line has opened with the Packers as 3-point favorites at Lambeau Field with an over/under of 46 points.
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Minnesota Vikings Form
Rather quietly, the Vikings may have been one of the more impressive teams in Week 1, taking care of the Falcons at home 28-12.
The Minnesota defense allowed a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter to give Atlanta the advantage in total yards. But the Vikings were in complete control of the game prior to that, jumping out to a 14-0 lead by the midway point of the first quarter and cruising from there.
Most of the credit for the win belongs to Minnesota’s rushing attack. After an injury-plagued sophomore campaign, Dalvin Cook carried the ball 21 times for 111 yards and two scores in the 2019 opener.
So yall. How about dem Minnesota Vikings?
I don’t want to overreact but I like what I saw.
— Dominique Clare (@DomClare) September 8, 2019
Backup Alexander Mattison wasn’t bad either, contributing 49 yards on nine carries. The Vikings were so effective on the ground that Kirk Cousins only threw 10 passes, completing eight of them.
The Vikings, of course, have a dynamic duo at receiver in Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but not needing to use them worked out well in NFL Week 1.
Going hand in hand with a strong running game was Minnesota’s defense, which looked akin the 2017 Vikings. Atlanta’s offense is no joke, but they forced two interceptions from Matt Ryan while sacking him four times.
They gave up some yards through the air late in the game, but only after holding a comfortable lead. However, another difficult test awaits them this week when they visit Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Green Bay Packers Form
Speaking of the Packers, they should be happy after grinding out a 10-3 road win against the Bears last Thursday. Obviously, it was a rather ugly game, but that’s to be expected when NFC North rivals collide.
The most important thing is that the Packers and rookie head coach Matt LaFleur found a way to win their season opener, giving them a leg up over the Bears early in the year.
Needless to say, it was the Green Bay defense that was the hero in Week 1. We can’t be sure whether or not some of that success is due to the Bears being a little underwhelming on offense.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 6, 2019
But the Packers won defensively at the line of scrimmage, limiting the Bears to just 46 rushing yards and force Mitchell Trubisky to beat them through the air. More importantly, the Packers were able to get after Trubisky, sacking him five times on the night to help keep the Bears out of the end zone.
Of course, scoring 10 points in the season opener wasn’t exactly ideal for LaFleur and Rodgers. The Green Bay running game was non-existent while the offensive line allowed Rodgers to get sacked five times.
Despite accumulating a mere 213 total yards, the Packers didn’t turn the ball over and Rodgers got a couple of receivers outside of Davante Adams involved in the offense, which is something the Green Bay offense can build on moving forward.
Vikings vs. Packers head-to-head
Over the years, this rivalry has gone back and forth, and while the Packers have the overall edge this decade, the Vikings have shifted things in their favor over the past few seasons.
If you take away the tie in Green Bay early last season, the Vikings have four straight wins over the Packers, including a 16-0 shutout at Lambeau Field during the 2017 season.
In fact, in the last six games these two teams have played at Lambeau Field, each team has won twice and there have been two ties, so no outcome is off the table when these two teams get together.
Vikings vs. Packers Betting Trends
- Packers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NFC North.
- Vikings are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games in September.
- Home team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
- Vikings are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings vs. Packers.
Vikings vs. Packers NFL Week 2 Predictions
This is a tough game to call after both teams scored impressive wins in Week 1. Green Bay surely has an edge with Rodgers at quarterback and the Lambeau crowd behind them.
But the Vikings looked like the more complete team in Week 1, dominating defensively and with their running game.
Even if Rodgers and company get it going offensively more than last week, the Vikings are also capable of scoring points, which is why the best bet here is taking the Vikings at 3-point underdogs.
Vikings vs. Packers NFL Week 2 Predictions: Vikings +3 (-105) @ 5Dimes