Vikings Injuries Make Packers the Pick in Week 5

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:54 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 12:54 PM GMT

Both the Packers and Vikings stand at 2-2 on the season after huge Week 4 victories, and now they meet up on Thursday Night Football. Who are the NFL betting odds favoring for this Week 5 divisional battle?

Both the Packers and Vikings stand at 2-2 on the season after huge Week 4 victories, and now they meet up on Thursday Night Football. Who are the NFL betting odds favoring for this Week 5 battle?

Though the NFL betting lines vary depending on the book, Green Bay is the heavy favorite everywhere you look.

Some sites have the Packers favored by nine points (one even has a line of 8.5) and the line goes as high as 10 in some instances. The total has seen a sharp decline, plummeting from as high as 50.5 down to 47.

Green Bay in 2014-15 Regular Season: 2-2 SU, 1-2-1 ATS, -1.0 margin of victory

Injury Watch: Jarrett Boykin (questionable), Clay Matthews (questionable), Chad Jones (questionable), Josh Boyd (questionable), Sam Barrington (questionable)

Minnesota in 2014-15 Regular Season: 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS, +1.8 margin of victory

Injury Watch: Adrian Peterson (out), Kyle Rudolph (out), Teddy Bridgewater (questionable), Jerick McKinnon (questionable), Chad Greenway (questionable), Captain Munnerlyn (questionable), Josh Robinson (questionable), Brandon Watts (probable)

The Packers were short favorites for their road encounter with the Bears this past weekend, and it was clear to see why the odds were in their favor when everything was said and done.

It was a dominant display from Aaron Rodgers and company in a memorable 38-17 win in the Windy City. Despite getting out-gained in total offense (496-358), the Packers were devastatingly efficient when they had the ball, with Rodgers leading the way.

The quarterback was 22-of-28 for 302 yards and four touchdowns, with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson going off for a combined 17 receptions, 221 yards and all four of the scoring plays. It was an incredible day for the passing attack, which made up for a mediocre day from Eddie Lacy. He ran 17 times for 48 yards and a touchdown.

That kind of win has to have done wonders for Green Bay's confidence, and now the Packers return home to try and get another division victory, this time over the Vikings.

Minnesota also managed a win in Week 4, topping Atlanta 41-28 at home as the underdogs on the NFL odds board.

Making his first career start, Teddy Bridgewater was excellent, completing 19-of-30 passes for 317 yards while running for 27 yards and a touchdown. Jerick McKinnon rushed 18 times for 135 yards, while Matt Asiata had 78 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Jarius Wright led all Minnesota receivers with eight catches for 132 yards.

The Vikings will continue to monitor the health of Bridgewater, who's dealing with an ankle injury. Though he didn't practice Monday, it's expected that he'll find a way to start Thursday against one of the team's division rivals.

 

Suarez Says:
The Vikings surprised a lot of people by showing up to play against Atlanta, and they very obviously received a generous boost by starting their rookie quarterback, who showed a lot of great things in leading the team to a win.

Still, Bridgewater is banged up, and we're not sure how close to 100 percent he's going to be for this hugely important game. Adrenaline will help, but we question whether the rookie will be up for the challenge of staying toe-to-toe with Rodgers, who was sickeningly good against Chicago last weekend. Minnesota also has a lot of injuries to deal with right now, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

It's a lot of points to lay, yet we do believe Green Bay is the right side here for our NFL picks on Thursday. We expect the Packers to get the job done at Lambeau and cover the sizable spread.

NFL Pick: Packers -8.5

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