The Green Bay Packers invade the Minnesota Vikings in a battle of the NFC North’s powers. To open, the Packers vs Vikings betting odds slightly favor Green Bay – by a point or so – as they look to put down the Vikings, who have re-tooled with a new coaching staff from the Super Bowl-winning Los Angeles Rams. This northern rivalry is but one of four games beginning .
Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings
- Records: Packers (13-4-0, 2021) vs Vikings (8-9-0, 2021)
- Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Live Stream: Fox
Packers Pit Stalwart Defense Against Vikings’ Explosive Offense
Since Matt LaFleur took over as coach for the Packers, the team has ruled over the NFC North. Green Bay has won 13 games each season while winning 15 of the 18 games against the division. The Packers have been a class above the rest of the division hence the Packers vs Vikings betting odds. But it could be changing this year.
Aaron Rodgers will miss Davante Adams. The All-Pro receiver accounted for 123 of the team’s 402 receptions last season. Rodgers will be working with his worst group of receivers in his career. Thankfully, the defense will once again be a top-10 unit even with the departure of Za’Darius Smith, who left the team for their opponents this week. ackers odds to win the Super Bowl remain in the upper echelon.
The Vikings have trended towards becoming an offensive team. They poached a good chunk of the Rams’ coaching staff to combine with one of the most talented pools of skill players. The onus will now be on Kirk Cousins. Kevin O’Connell and his crew can design the Vikings to be a prolific offense that will give Green Bay a run for its money.
The defense is the team’s wild card. Whittled down by departures and injuries, the Vikings’ once-formidable unit became one of the worst in the last two seasons. Minnesota signed Za’Darius Smith and Harrison Phillips among others. If they can stay healthy, they could give the defense a boost.
Either way, fans could be in for some fireworks as the Packers vs Vikings betting odds have 48 points on the total. Their last two games in Minnesota have both gone over the total with their average being 71 points.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Arizona Cardinals
- Records: Chiefs (12-5-0, 2021) vs Cardinals (11-6-0, 2021)
- Location: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
- Live Stream: CBS
Mahomes and Murray Meet for First Time
Patrick Mahomes will lead his Kansas City Chiefs against Kyler Murray’s Arizona Cardinals. This will be the first time the young superstars meet and the NFL betting odds favor KC by six points. The Chiefs had a deflating finish to their 2021 season and to put even more of a damper, they lost two of their top players in Tyreek Hill and Tyrann Mathieu. While they are re-tooled, they also face a tougher schedule.
The Cardinals, on the other hand, got past the offseason drama with Murray and made him one of the wealthiest quarterbacks in the league. Like the Chiefs, Arizona ended the previous season with a thud as they finished 1-6 and lost their last five home games. Injuries are partly to blame and Arizona did not improve in the offseason so it may be a more difficult road in 2022 for this club.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers
- Records: Raiders (10-7-0, 2021) vs Chargers (9-8-0, 2021)
- Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
- Live Stream: CBS
Upgraded AFC West Rivals Light Up SoFi
Green Bay-Minnesota is not the only hot NFL Sunday late game. On the West Coast, the Raiders and Chargers renew hostilities as they brandish significant roster upgrades. The Raiders bring in the likes of Chandler Jones and Adams while the Chargers have acquired Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as the NFL futures expect Los Angeles to contend for Super Bowl LVII.
These rivals will have to get past each other while navigating difficult schedules. The Chargers will need better health as the team, hamstrung by injuries, finished last season going 4-8 against the spread (ATS) as they just missed the playoffs. Las Vegas overcame a lot to return to the postseason including an inconsistent defense that gave up 30+ points in five of their final 10 regular season games.
New York Giants vs Tennessee Titans
- Records: Giants (4-13-0, 2021) vs Titans (12-5-0, 2021)
- Location: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
- Live Stream: Fox
Stripped Down Titans Muscle Up Against Giants
Like the Packers and Chiefs, the Titans are a top team from 2021 that lost plenty in the offseason. The team lost its top receivers A.J. Brown and Julio Jones along with two of its best offensive linemen. Tennessee overachieved last season and is expected to regress. The team finished 2021 going 3-6 ATS. It hosts the Giants as one of the biggest favorites this week as running back “king”, Derrick Henry returns.
The Giants look to be much improved from last year but that isn’t saying much. Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley return from injury as the team bolstered both sides of the ball. Most notably, Brian Daboll leads a new coaching staff. New York went 3-6 ATS as an underdog on the road last season.Follow us on Twitter