Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings: Can you make a Case for the home team?

Watching Aaron Rodgers is like viewing a great artist at an easel
Watching Aaron Rodgers is like viewing a great artist at an easel

Case Keenum will lead the Vikings into this big rivalry game on Sunday. That is a key part of Neil Monnery's preview as he looks at the 6PM live game on Sky Sports this Sunday...

"Points-wise the line is at 45 and I'm going under. I think Minnesota can hold Rodgers and Co. to some degree but I can't see Minnesota scoring more than three times. This is available at 2.01/1 on the Exchange."

Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings
Start-time: Sunday 15 October, 18:00 BST
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For the Vikings...

Sam Bradford is out. This is the news punters would have been waiting on going into this game. He was officially scratched late on Friday and Case Keenum will get the start at QB.

The former Houston Cougar has bounced around the NFL and has never locked down a long-term starting gig. He has taken three quarters of the snaps this term due to Bradford's knee troubles but the Vikings will not go far with him at the helm.

This means they will have to rely on their defense. Giving up only 18.6 points per game, they rank as the 8th best in that category in the NFL. One note though is the best offense they've faced so far is the Lions.

If that wasn't enough to make you worried about the Vikings chances, Number one receiver Stefon Diggs is also out with an injury. I know this is a rivalry game but there are a lot of reasons to be concerned about how they'll go on Sunday.


For the Panthers...

Watching Aaron Rodgers sometimes is just a joy. As he orchestrated that winning drive in Dallas last Sunday, you knew you were watching one of the two Quarterbacks in this league who are just a cut above the rest.

What Rodgers also had last time out was a running game. Aaron Jones was a fifth round pick out of UTEP who surprised everyone by scampering for 125 yards on 19 carries. It gave the Packers some much needed balance on offense. If they have an average running game, they might be the most complete team in the NFC.

Jones was replacing Ty Montgomery against the Cowboys but the number one running back is expected to play this week. I'd expect plenty of carries for both men.

The quality and depth of the Packers receivers is clear for all to see. If Rodgers gets time in the pocket, he will dice up any secondary. So the only way the Packers lose is if the offensive line can't deal with the overpowering linemen of Minnesota. If they win that battle, they win this game.


The Picks...

Minnesota are being spotted three points at home, which seems generous on the surface. Yet with Case Keenum at the controls and a very good Green Bay team, I don't want the points. Give me Green Bay-3.5 at 2.1411/10 on the Exchange.

Points-wise the line is at 45 and I'm going under. I think Minnesota can hold Rodgers and Co. to some degree but I can't see Minnesota scoring more than three times. This is available at 2.01/1 on the Exchange.

Due to the fact I think it will be a low scoring game, this always gets me to look at the prices of a D/ST TD. Minnesota are 20/1 to open the scoring on Defense or Special Teams. This is a nice flyer bet.


Recommended Bets

3pt Back Green Bay-3.5 at 2.1411/10 on the Exchange
2pt Back under 45pts at 2.001/1 on the Exchange
1pt Back Minnesota D/ST to score the first TD at 20/1 on the Sportsbook


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