The Minnesota Vikings shocked Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Week 8 last season. In rushing for 173 yards and forcing one critical turnover, the Vikings won at Lambeau Field for just the second time since 2009 and temporarily restored slim hopes to bettors holding NFL betting tickets for over 8.5 wins.
Despite six wins in their final 10 games, the Vikings finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second time in three years, finishing one game behind the Chicago Bears for the final Wild Card spot and six games behind the Packers for the NFC North title.
One year later, the BetMGM sportsbook has the Vikings in a similar spot as last summer: nine wins and plus odds for another playoff whiff (+105). The Vikings aren’t in a similar spot, however, in relation to their longtime rival, the Packers, who continue to face uncertainty with Rodgers’ short- and long-term future with the franchise.
This week on High Motor by BetMGM, in the third NFC divisional preview episode, we discussed the NFC North by explaining why the Vikings’ playoff odds are more attractive than their win total, why the Packers’ odds are steals if you believe Rodgers is returning, and why you can’t trust the Chicago Bears.