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Packers vs. Vikings NFL Week 8: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

TV Schedule: Sunday, Oct. 27, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

Stadium: Mall of America Field

Weather: High 46, Low 31

Line: Green Bay (-10)

Launching themselves into first place in the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers have put their slow start to the 2013 season behind them. Sitting at 4-2 and atop the division, the Packers are looking to extend that lead with a win this week against a divisional foe. Aaron Rodgers is having yet another solid season for this team, passing for 1,906 yards and 13 touchdowns for the fourth-ranked passing offense that has lost a couple top receivers. James Jones and Randall Cobb are both out with injuries that could sideline them for quite some time. Jordy Nelson will need to step up in the meantime and he has led the team this season with 32 catches for 526 yards and five touchdowns. Rookie running back Eddie Lacy leads the run game with 352 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

It seems like it’s been a lost season for the Minnesota Vikings. Going through three quarterbacks and having just one win to show for it, the Vikings are in the gutter of the NFL. Sitting at 1-5 with one of the worst offenses in the league, the Vikings will need to get some things figured out before moving forward. After seeing Christian Ponder go down with an injury and Matt Cassel take over and win a game and then begin struggling, Josh Freeman was picked up by the team to be the starting quarterback. He started one game and played terrible so far, but the Vikings are hoping for better than a 20-53 performance for 190 yards and an interception. Adrian Peterson has been himself this season, rushing for 511 yards and five touchdowns on a 4.4 yards per carry average.

Defensively, the Packers have excelled in stopping the run this season, ranking third in rush yards allowed per game. However, their secondary ranks 24th, allowing 267 yards per game through the air. Minnesota has had a lousy secondary as well, ranking 29th in the league in passing yards allowed per game while also ranking 29th in the league in points allowed per game.

PREDICTION: Packers 31, Vikings 17

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Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.