The Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 8, with the Packers looking to build on their NFC North lead. Both defenses struggle against the pass, but this game is likely to rely on the ground games due to a significant weather development this week.
The forecast calls for cold weather in the mid-30s, but it’s the wind that creates the real issue. The wind is expected to be between 17 and 26 miles per hour, with gusts getting as high as 44 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
Both teams could choose to be aggressive in spite of the window, especially with known gunslingers in Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. But I suspect they’ll be wise to the fact that wind can seriously mess with passing games. And oddsmakers know that. DraftKings Sportsbook opened the point total at 55.5, but as of game day morning, that number has come down to 49.5.
The Vikings are expected to get back Dalvin Cook and he’s expected to get a full workload ahead of Alexander Mattison. The Packers will be without Aaron Jones, but expect big tings from Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon. Both run games are sufficiently settled to turn this into the proverbial ground-and-pound matchup.
If you got the under early in the week, you’re in good shape. If you’re looking at the under now, you might have missed the boat.