Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Picks, Odds, Week 16 Predictions 12/23/2019
Game: Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings
Date: Monday, December 23, 2019
Location: U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota -4.5
Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings play the Green Bay Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday, December 23, 2019. The odds on this game have Minnesota as 4.5-point favorites. The total is set at 46.5. The Packers are 11-3-0 ATS and 6-8-0 when betting on the total. The Vikings are 8-6-0 when wagering on the over/under and 10-4-0 against the spread.
The last time they took the field, the Green Bay Packers played the Chicago Bears and won by a score of 21-13. Aaron Jones paced the team in rushing for that game. He had a long run of 21 yards and he tallied 2 TD's during the game. He ran for a total of 51 yards by way of 13 carries which meant he averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Davante Adams led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 103 yards on 7 receptions. He earned an average of 14.7 yards per catch for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Packers was Aaron Rodgers who went 16/33 with 203 yards through the air and completed 1 touchdown. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Green Bay Packers ran the football 24 times and added 100 yards which earned them an average of 4.2 yards per run. On the day, the Packers had a total of 12 1st downs and they had a total of 4 penalties for 30 yards. For the game, they finished with a total of 58 plays for 292 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Green Bay conceded 29 completions on 53 throws for a total of 319 yards, and a completion percentage of 55.0%. Against the run, the Packers conceded 96 yards on 27 tries which is an average of 3.6 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they conceded 415 yards and forced 3 takeaways. Tony Sink has a NFL prediction for the contest between the Jaguars and Falcons.
Packers Improve to 11-3 After Win
The Packers come into this game with a record of 11-3 for 2019. They are a team that has the capability to score points in the division and I wouldn't expect it to change too much in this matchup. For total yardage, they currently sit at 12th in the NFC and 21st in the NFL with 4,713 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Packers have compiled a total of 24 passing TDs and 16 rushing touchdowns. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the league with an average of 24 points per contest, which has them at 14th in the NFL. As a unit, they have an average of 107 yards on the ground per contest which is 9th in the conference.
The Packers have one of the best defenses in the NFL, giving up 20.2 points per game which has them at 4th among NFC teams. In discussing yards rushing, Green Bay is giving up 120.9 yards per contest putting them 4th among NFC North teams and 24th in the NFL. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.6 yards per rush putting them 13th in the conference and 25th among NFL teams overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,491 yards rushing through 14 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Packers have allowed 3,505 yards. Teams are completing 61.4% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.8 yards per attempt. They have allowed 17 passing TDs and 14 rushing touchdowns.
In their last outing, the Minnesota Vikings played the Los Angeles Chargers and ended up getting the win by a score of 39-10. Mike Boone led the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 10 yards and he notched 2 TD's for the game. He ran for 56 yards on 13 carries which meant he was running for 4.3 yards per run. Stefon Diggs was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 76 yards on 4 catches. He notched an average of 19.0 yards per catch in the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Vikings was Kirk Cousins who went 19/25 with 207 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He threw 1 pick during the game. The Minnesota Vikings ran the ball 37 times and generated 137 yards giving them an average of 3.7 yards per carry. On the day, they finished with a total of 62 plays for 344 yards. On the day, the Vikings earned 18 first downs and they had a total of 5 infractions for 41 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Minnesota gave up 28 catches on 39 attempts totaling 283 yards, and a completion percentage of 72.0%. Overall, they conceded a total of 345 yards and earned 7 turnovers. In the running game, the Vikings gave up 62 yards on 19 runs which is an average of 3.3 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
Vikings Improve Their Record to 10-4 After Win
The Vikings head into this game 10-4. Minnesota has built a respectable ground game this year by averaging 136 rushing yards per game, putting them 4th in the NFL. As a team, they have a total of 1,902 yards rushing through 14 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Vikings average 373 yards per contest overall which has them at 10th in the league and 6th in the conference. When looking at their ability to score points, the Vikings are currently ranked 1st in the division and 6th out of all the teams in the league with an average of 27.0 points per contest.
The Vikings are conceding 18.5 points per game ranking them 2nd in the NFC North and 7th in the NFL. Their pass defense is one of the middling units in the NFL. They are allowing 240 passing yards per game. For passing yards allowed per game, the Vikings sit in 9th in the conference. They have allowed 23 passing touchdowns for this year. In regard to points allowed, they have given up 259 points in total. In regard to yards rushing, they are allowing 99 yards per game ranking them 8th among NFL teams and 2nd in the division. For the 2019 season, they have given up 1,386 yards on the ground and 5 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Packers/Vikings NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Vikings -4.5
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