Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Prediction, Tips & Odds – Sep. 11, 2022 22:25 CET
One of the week 1 most interesting games will also be the NFC North clash in which Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers will meet.
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The Minnesota Vikings made a lot of changes at the end of last season. After another unsuccessful campaign, Wilf brothers decided to clean house. Instead of choosing between head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman, they fired both.
The conflict that existed in head coach-general manager relationship created an extremely toxic atmosphere around the Vikings, but now everything should be different. Kevin O’Connell was chosen as new head coach even though Jim Harbaugh was in mix until the very end. The Vikings offense is one of the best in entire league. Kirk Cousins has been great statistically and when you have Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson, the options are unlimited.
Defense is probably the biggest problem at this moment, but if experienced defensive coordinator Ed Donatell finds a winning combination, the Vikings could be a dark horse even for Super Bowl. The first test will be against their biggest rivals Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers
The entire last season of the Green Bay Packers was a kind of drama. Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams announced “last dance” that ended with the Packers again disappointing in the playoffs and losing to the San Francisco 49ers at home.
Rodgers eventually changed his mind and decided to stay in Green Bay, but not Adams. He signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, so the Packers wide receiver corps is drastically weakened. A replacement for Adams has not been signed and it will take time for Rodgers to find a new favorite target. Aaron Jones has been stagnant for a couple of years and all of this promises a lot of uncertainty and insecurity. Defense is good, offensive line is also powerful which is quite strange. In the past, the offense has usually been the only real strength of the Packers and now it looks like it will be the weakest part of their roster.
How much Adams departure weakened the Packers offense will be seen already against the Vikings in the opening round. These are the only two teams that have a chance to win this division, so this game will have double significance. In any case, the spectacle is guaranteed.
In the previous two seasons, H2H between Vikings and Packers was 1-1 both times. Last year, hosts won both games. In Minnesota, score was 34:31.
Jonathan Bullard is questionable for the Vikings, while the same situation is with Allen Lazard on opposite side.
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Prediction
New coaching staff brought new energy to the Vikings, while quality was already here. There is a great rivalry between these two franchises, so the motivation and focus will be at a huge level. Simply put, the Packers are weaker right now and it will be a surprise if they come back from Minnesota with a win.
Date and Time: 11.09.2022. 22:25 CET
Pick: Minesota Vikings +2.5