Pick 2: Green Bay vs. Detroit and Minnesota vs. Seattle

Pick 2: Green Bay vs. Detroit and Minnesota vs. Seattle

The Teaser: Pair Green Bay and Minnesota

Game 1: Green Bay vs. Detroit

The Initial Line:

Green Bay -3 away vs. Detroit

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Green Bay’s line

The Final Line:

Green Bay +4.5

The Breakdown:

Green Bay suffered another loss at home to a divisional foe, losing to Chicago on Thanksgiving 17-13. Detroit got their 3rd straight win in convincing fashion, defeating Philadelphia at home 45-14. GB was considered one of the super bowl favorites entering the season, but they have struggled to find offense lately. They’ve scored 16 or less pts in 3 of their last 5 games, which was a total they never fell below in their first 6 games. Detroit has discovered newfound life as they now sit at 4-7 and have an outside shot at the playoffs. Despite their recent woes, let’s not forget GB has one of the best QBs in the game in Rodgers (currently 8th in QB rating at 97.4). Stafford is an adequate option as well, but has only thrown over 300 yds twice this season despite the presence of Calvin Johnson. Green Bay is still the elite team here, so expect a bounce back week for them as they still have a shot at the division crown. Take the pack with some extra points here.

Final Stat: GB is tied for 4th with a +6 turnover differential. Detroit is ranked 30th with -9 turnovers.

Game 2: Minnesota vs. Seattle

The Initial Line:

Minnesota even home vs. Seattle

The Take:

Add 7.5 points to Minnesota’s line

The Final Line:

Minnesota +7.5

The Breakdown:

Minnesota got back on track with a road win vs Atlanta 20-10. Seattle keeps clawing to stay alive in the playoff race, as they got a home win against Pittsburgh 39-30. Minnesota is currently the #3 seed in the NFC playoff picture at 8-3, while Seattle is just on the outskirts at 6-5. Adrian Peterson has been the best RB in the NFL thus far, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against the best run defense in the NFL. Both of these defenses have been exceptional thus far, as they both rank in the top 10 in points allowed/game (Min at #2, Sea at #8). Their turnover differentials are pretty close, with Seattle at +4 and Minnesota at +3 (although Seattle had 4 INTs last game alone). This may be a low-scoring game, with the winning likely being decided in the final minutes. Give the edge to Minnesota at they have played well in front of the home crowd (4-1).

Final Stat: All of Seattle’s 5 losses have come against teams with elite defenses (St. Louis, Green Bay, Cincinnati, Carolina, Arizona)

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