The Green Bay Packers are currently 9.5-point favorites over the Minnesota Vikings for their Sunday night matchup, and Minnesota should consider themselves lucky if they end up anywhere near that close to the Pack. Anyone left at Mall of America Field by the beginning of the fourth quarter will be either Packers fans, intensely loyal Vikings fans, or people who really hate their lives at home.
After a sloppy start, Green Bay is back on track with three impressive victories in a row, and their second-ranked offense is flying under the radar due to all of the fireworks in Denver. The defense has stepped up as well, allowing 13 points per game in their last three contests compared to 29.3 in their first three.
Minnesota, on the other hand, is coming off an extremely depressing loss as they were controlled by the previously winless New York Giants. Josh Freeman was terrible in his debut against a sub-par pass defense, connecting on just 20-of-53 pass attempts for 190 yards, with zero TDs and an INT. With a slumping Adrian Peterson, the offense wasn’t able to put any points on the board against a defense that had previously allowed 34.8 per game.
These are two teams heading in completely opposite directions and it will make for some terrible football Sunday night. Matchups like this are a tremendous selling point for fantasy football as only fantasy implications will make this game worth watching to the end.
The flex schedule was created to avoid garbage games like this but unfortunately, it’s not in effect yet. We currently have to wait for Week 11 to come around before the better games can be moved from Sunday afternoon to the Sunday night spot. Hopefully, this dud will provoke fans to call for a revision to the NFL’s flex scheduling policy.