GREEN BAY WI - OCTOBER 24: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers passes while under pressure from Chad Greenway #52 of the Minnesota Vikings during their game at Lambeau Field on October 24 2010 in Green Bay Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
The Green Bay Packers are considered the favorites this week in their NFC North rivalry game against the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL odds currently indicate the Packers should win by nine or more points.
The Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will always be a rivalry game, meaning the NFL odds makers should probably set the lines on all of their meetings as close as possible. It makes sense then that even though the NFC North enemies are having seasons on opposite ends of the spectrum that the Packers are the favorite, but not the biggest favorite of the week.
This week's match-up will be played inside the cozy confines of the Metrodome, a stadium that hasn't always been kind to Green Bay as they were riding a two-game losing streak in Minnesota before snapping that with a 31-3 victory last November. That said, the Packers are expected to win by less than 10 points, but the -350/+305 moneyline shows that this match-up is more one-sided than the line actually indicates.
The story of the game will likely be quarterback play as Aaron Rodgers is putting up MVP-like numbers while spreading the football around to a multitude of receivers while the Vikings will turn to Christian Ponder -- a rookie out of Florida State getting his first start of the season.
Knowing that, it's difficult to now want to bet the over on the 47½ over-under line, but the Packers have gone under in 11 of their last 14 games on the road and they will likely be able to consume as much clock as possible in the second half, leading to less touchdowns.