NFL Game Previews: Packers-Vikings Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Packers-Vikings Matchup

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Green Bay (+5.5) at Minnesota, 45.5 o/u – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The Packers are a game ahead of the Vikings in the NFC North and heading into Week 16 hold the No. 2 seed, but tiebreakers give them a big edge in the battle for the division crown — even if they lose, they'd still need to lose next week in Detroit to cough it up. Matt LaFleur's offense continues to turn Aaron Rodgers into a game manager, and the future Hall of Famer has thrown multiple TDs only once in the last six games, although he hasn't been intercepted since Week 6. Fortunately, the other Aaron has helped pick up the slack, as Aaron Jones has rushed for six touchdowns during that stretch. The defense has also done their part — Green Bay's won three straight and four of the last five, and it's given up 16 points or less in all four wins. Despite being right there with the Pack in the standings, the Vikings might not have much to play for by Monday, as a Rams loss Saturday locks them into a playoff spot, and Sunday's results could make it impossible for them to climb out of the No. 6 seed without stealing the division title. They too have won four of their last five, but it's been the offense carrying the load — Minnesota's averaged 28.8 points in that five-game stretch, and they even scored 30 in the loss. Kirk Cousins has remained sharp, posting

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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