NFL Spread Picks: Vikings @ Packers NFL Predictions 1/5/13

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The 2013 NFL playoffs schedule is back, and here at Cappers Info, we’ll be looking at some of the best games on the docket each and every week, as we try to make the most money possible off of the Wild Card odds for the NFL. Join us on Saturday, as we make our Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers free picks and predictions for what should be a great clash on the gridiron.

Wild Card NFL Picks: Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers
Date: Saturday, January 5th, 8:00 ET
Location: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Vikings @ Packers Odds: Green Bay -8
Vikings @ Packers On TV: NBC

This is the third time that the Packers and the Vikings are going to be playing against each other over the course of the last six weeks, and it is going to be a heck of a battle in the first round of the playoffs. RB Adrian Peterson and QB Aaron Rodgers are really the two stars of the show, and both of these men put up some tremendous performances just last week. Rodgers threw for over 360 yards, while Peterson came up nine yards short of the all-time single season rushing record. That being said, he still had 199 yards and ultimately single-handedly won the game for his team.

That being said, both of these teams have a glaring weakness offensively. The Packers have no rushing game whatsoever. RB Alex Green is hurting, and if he is ultimately out of the lineup, Rodgers is going to be the leading rusher for the team that takes the field on Saturday. That wouldn’t be so bad if he had the legs of QB Robert Griffin III or QB Cam Newton, but this is a man that doesn’t even have 300 rushing yards. Minnesota can’t throw the ball, though. QB Christian Ponder only threw 18 TDs on the year, though three of those scores came last week at the Metrodome.

In the end, this is going to be a tight game. There are just too many problems that the Packers have in this one to cover such a big number. Their kicking game isn’t very good, they can’t run the football when the game is on the line, and they don’t have a defense that has proven to be able to stop the run. That being said, with all of the chips in the center of the table, Rodgers knows how to get the job done. We’ve never seen Ponder in a situation like this one, and we just don’t think that he has the goods to win this game outright. We’re still taking the points though, knowing that both of these meetings this year have been awfully close.

Minnesota at Green Bay Pick: Minnesota Vikings +8
Vikings @ Packers Score Prediction: Green Bay 24 – Minnesota 20

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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