The Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings are set to kick off their Week 17 NFL betting clash on Sunday 12/30, and I’m set to make my football pick for the affair at Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome. Kickoff is set for 4:25 ET, and I’ve got the perfect NFL pick for this outstanding duel on the gridiron.
Green Bay Packers (11-4, 9-6 ATS) -3
Minnesota Vikings (9-6, 7-7-1 ATS) +3
I’m a bit puzzled as to why this ‘total’ has gotten so much publicity. This isn’t going to be the highest scoring game in the world, yet the number that is posted is in the mid-40s as if a team like the New Orleans Saints were playing in this one.
There’s no doubt whatsoever that the Vikings are going to be running the ball and running it a ton with RB Adrian Peterson. Peterson had a few big time runs when these two teams met the first time a few weeks ago, but in the end, the team only put up 14 points in spite of the fact that he had over 200 total rushing yards on the day. Remember too, that the Vikes only scored 23 last week against the Houston Texans, and it’s likely going to take at least that many to get this one to the ‘total’ in all likelihood.
And one final thought about this ‘under’… The Packers have allowed 18.2 points per game over the course of their last nine games, and they have played five of their last six beneath the ‘total’. There’s just no reason to think that this one is going to get to the mid-40s, and in the end, I expect that this is going to be a low scoring game that has the feel of a postseason clash with a ton on the line.
Packers @ Vikings Tips: Under 45.5