The Minnesota Vikings (10-4) host the Green Bay Packers (11-3) on Monday Night Football this week in a critical NFC North showdown. Kickoff is set for 6:15 PM EST on December 23rd at U.S. Bank Stadium and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Vikings listed as 5-point home favorites. The spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as Minnesota is currently available at -5.5. The total for this matchup is 47 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 16 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.

Vikings vs Packers Game Odds & Betting Preview

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have now won three straight games after beating Chicago 21-13 at home last weekend to improve to 11-3 on the season overall. Green Bay scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and managed to hold on for the victory despite getting outscored 10-0 over the final 15 minutes of the game. QB Aaron Rodgers went 16/33 for 203 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while RB Aaron Jones rushed for 51 yards and two touchdowns on a team-high 13 carries on the ground. WR Davante Adams led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in seven catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Overall, the Packers generated over 300 total yards of offense and found the end zone three times in the win.

Green Bay was very solid defensively against the Bears, surrendering just a single touchdown despite giving up over 400 total yards of offense. The Packers were especially strong defending against the run, holding Chicago to only 96 total rushing yards.

Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings put on a show in Los Angeles last weekend, crushing the Chargers 39-10 on the road to improve to 10-4 on the season overall. Minnesota jumped out to a 19-10 lead in the first half and cruised to victory from there, completely shutting out Rivers and Co. over the final two quarters of the game. QB Kirk Cousins went 19/25 for 207 passing yards and a touchdown through the air but also got picked off once as well. RB Mike Boone led the way on the ground after Dalvin Cook was forced to leave due to injury, rushing for 56 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. WR Stefon Diggs also chipped in, making four catches for 76 yards. As a whole, the Vikings gained well over 300 total yards and scored three touchdowns on offense in the blowout victory.

Minnesota had a solid outing on the other side of the ball against the Chargers, giving up just one touchdown despite yielding more than 350 total yards of offense. The Vikings really did a great job slowing down Los Angeles through the air, forcing three interceptions.

Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Packers +5.5

This NFC North battle is setting up to be one of the best matchups on the entire schedule here in Week 16, as both of these teams have looked pretty solid on both sides of the ball so far this season. While I understand why the Vikings are favored at home in this spot, I’m leaning slightly towards taking the 5.5 points and rolling with the Packers in a game that they could easily win outright. Green Bay has really performed well against the spread through their first 14 games, going a rock-solid 9-5 ATS overall. The Packers have also covered the number in four out of their last six outings away from Lambeau Field, which certainly bodes well for them heading into this matchup.

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Green Bay has also had the upper hand in this NFC North rivalry in recent years, covering the number in two out of their last three meetings with Minnesota. The Packers have come up clutch in divisional games lately as well, winning four out of their last five games against NFC North teams. On the other side, the Vikings will be without star RB Dalvin Cook for this matchup after he re-aggravated a shoulder injury against the Chargers. As talented as Mike Boone is, Cook has been a Top 5 running back in pretty much every major statistical category the entire season and his absence will certainly negatively impact the Minnesota offense. I’ll take a shot with the points and the road underdog on Monday night – give me the Packers to cover and possibly even win straight up!