Staff Predictions for Packers vs Vikings
Jacob Westendorf – Packers 31 Vikings 10 – The Vikings still can’t block Za’Darius Smith. There’s nothing that has changed from last season that leads me to believe that this year will be any different. I think Za’Darius Smith has another big game and Allen Lazard catches a big touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to blow this game open.
Jason Perone – Vikings 24 Packers 20 – The Packers are clearly the better team but a road game in week one of such a strange offseason won’t bring about the most polished version of the green & yellow. The defensive front has its hands full all day with Dalvin Cook and the offense just can’t muster up enough points. A divisional loss right out of the gate isn’t ideal but not to worry, they’ll get many kinks worked out throughout this one.
Sanjay Murthy – Packers 24 Vikings 14
Alex Strouf – Packers 20 Vikings 17 – Expectations for a high scoring week one are not expectations I rock with. Without any real tune-up outside of a few scrimmages, you can expect rust, a slow start, and likely a turnover or two out of each offense. While I think Green Bay wins in a close one, I don’t think it’s a win anybody will be over the moon for–except those Packers fans married to a Minnesota fan.
Tyler Grzegorek – Packers 28, Vikings 24 The Vikings are currently 3 point favorites, but that’s only because they’re pulling the home field advantage. Minnesota’s offensive line will have their hands full with this Packers defensive front. We don’t know how well the Minnesota offense is going to cope with the loss of Stefon Diggs. The energy around this Packers team is infectious right now and that’s going to follow them across the border.
Isaac Greig – Packers 27, Vikings 17 – Not much has changed for the Green Bay Packers, while the Vikings have undergone a complete transformation. I like what they did in the draft but with a limited preseason, those rookies won’t be ready for week one. The Packers make easy work of the Vikings in their first meeting of the 2020 season.
Tim Backes – Packers 34, Vikings 20 – Just not a good matchup for the Vikings. They still aren’t going to be able to do anything about the Packers’ pass rush, and their secondary is possibly even worse than it was in 2019. No Danielle Hunter really takes the edge off the Vikings’ pass rush, because Ngakuoe has only been on the team for a couple weeks and likely won’t be a massive difference maker as a result. Packers should be able to control the flow of the game. Game ends up looking closer with a garbage time touchdown.