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The Green Bay Packers will face the Minnesota Vikings in the Week 17 edition of Sunday Night Football. Both teams are desperate for a win in primetime.
They each enter with a 7-8 record, and neither team is currently in the playoff picture. The Vikings are the first team out of the race, while the Packers currently hold the 10th seed. A win for each team would give them a slight hope of making the playoffs.
The Packers are fresh from a shootout victory over the Carolina Panthers. They won 33-30 and looked great on offense, but their defense made Carolina look like a contender in the NFC. Green Bay’s defense must sharpen to have any chance of making the playoffs.
The Vikings have struggled to find solidarity in a quarterback since losing Kirk Cousins to a season-ending leg injury. Minnesota has decided to start rookie quarterback Jaren Hall. This will be Hall's second start of the season.
In Hall’s first start, he was forced out of the game with a concussion he suffered trying to cross the goal line. The Vikings also lost T.J. Hockenson to a season-ending ACL and MCL tear in last week's game against the Giants. This team must come together and rally around Hall to salvage a below-average season.
The playoff implications are high in this game, and there is a lot of betting value. Let’s break down our favorite props for the action!
Jordan Love has improved a lot this season. He’s definitely had his ups and downs but one thing that stayed fairly consistent, is how many times he drops back to throw. This season, Love has attempted 34.26 passes per game.
While this number doesn’t necessarily crest success for a quarterback in the NFL, this kind of consistency is what drives us closer to this prop. In 15 games, he’s covered this over in nine games, including five of his last seven. We expect SNF to be close and Love will have to throw for the majority of the game to either maintain a lead or come from behind.
Another reason we like this prop is because the Vikings defense has given up the 6th most pass attempts per game with 36. Minnesota forces the team to throw the ball down the field, which is ideal for this prop. Look for the Packers to have a legitimate shot to win this game, but it starts with Love airing it out.
The Vikings lost starting running back Alexander Mattison to an injury three weeks ago. This injury created a coming-out party for Ty Chandler. In Chandler’s first start, he took full advantage of the opportunity.
Chandler rushed for 132 yards on 23 carries with a rushing touchdown. He also added three catches for 25 yards.
Chandler has earned the respect of the coaching staff in Minnesota and has been rewarded with much more playing time. As long as the Vikings can keep this matchup close, Chandler will be used frequently throughout the entire game.
The Packers defense is one of the worst in the league against the run. As we mentioned before, they have made many teams look good so far this season. Through 16 weeks, Green Bay allows 139.5 rushing yards to opposing teams this season, ranking 29th in the NFL.
The Packers have been all over the map since losing Aaron Rodgers in the offseason. This team has battled multiple injuries while dealing with having the youngest team in the league.
Jayden Reed has stepped up, which has been a positive for Green Bay. Reed is now the number one receiver for Love and his volume should continue to increase.
Reed has averaged 5.2 receptions per game in his last five outings. With Christian Watson still sidelined, Reed will continue to receive most of the attention from Love when he drops back to throw. Reed should be active, and if he is, we expect him to have over seven targets which will equate to his receptions.
The Vikings defense gives up the most completions per game in the NFL at 25.2. While this defense is 17th in passing yards allowed, opposing teams seem to have no issue completing passes against this unit. If the Packers don’t emphasize Reed in this game, it would be surprising.
|Over 43.5 (-110)
|Under 43.5 (-110)
Who: Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium. Minneapolis, MN
When: Sunday, December 24th, 8:20 p.m. ET
Streaming: NBC Sports App
Tanner Kern has been working in the betting industry since 2020. He currently is a social media content creator at DraftKings and contributes to multiple sites in addition to WSN, including Forbes and VSiN. He is also the cohost of the podcast Ride the Line at WSN.More info on Tanner Kern
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