In an important NFC North divisional game, the Green Bay Packers travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings in a 1pm EST contest. Green Bay comes in feeling good after their last second victory over the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. The win was their 4th of the season against just one loss and puts them at the top of the division.
The Vikings are just a game behind the Pack at 3-2 after their victory over the Bears on Monday night in Chicago. In that game, Viking quarterback Sam Bradford attempted to return from a knee injury but didn’t make it through the game when it was obvious it was still bothering him. Backup quarterback Case Keenum has performed capably in his reserve role, but the team would like to get Bradford back as soon as possible if they want a chance to win the division.
Bradford’s injury is not the only one that Minnesota has had to deal with. Rookie running back Dalvin Cook was looking like the real deal until he too went down with an injury that ended his rookie season. Cook suffered an ACL tear to his left knee and had surgery but won’t play again this year.
The Packers have reeled off three wins in a row after their road loss to the Falcons in week 2. Although their defense appears to be a work in progress, you can never count out Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense. The Vikes will present a challenge as they may be the best unit Rodgers has seen so far this season.
The Pack have a couple of injury concerns of their own. Star wide receiver Jordy Nelson sat out the final drive against the Cowboys in what is now being called a back injury. However, he was a full participant in practice on Wednesday so he should be ready to go. And running back Ty Montgomery is still rehabbing rib injuries, and although he also practiced, a hard hit to the midsection could see him on the sidelines again.
Green Bay is listed as a 3 point favorite in a game being played in Minnesota, and are hoping to go to 5-1 and two games up on the Vikings in the division. The point totals are a surprisingly high 46.5 points which may say more about the Green Bay defense than their offense.
Prediction: Packers cover the spread and win.