NFL football betting fans are undoubtedly awaiting the Week 1 match up between the Minnesota Vikings and the Green Bay Packers with great anticipation. Green Bay and Minnesota have a strong rivalry that dates back many years, and this NFL betting match up should also mark the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era in Wisconsin. The early NFL football betting odds have the home team Packers favored at -3 over the Vikings and there are two relevant trends that should be taken into account as you handicap this NFL betting spread.
One NFL football betting trend that is very applicable to this upcoming Vikings-Packers NFL betting contest is that the underdog team has gone 23-9 ATS in Minnesota-Green Bay games since 1992. In other words, this trend illustrates that the underdog team has been dominating this series for well over a decade. Therefore, NFL football betting enthusiasts following this trend will want to wager on the Vikings, who are listed as the +3 underdogs in the NFL betting spread. This NFL football betting line may certainly change before the game actually kicks off, but Green Bay will almost assuredly remain the favorite. This prediction may be hard to accept for Packers fans who would like to usher in the Rodgers era with a big win over the Vikings. Nevertheless, NFL football betting fans should remember that a team can still win a match up without actually covering the NFL football betting lines.
In fact, the second trend relevant to this NFL football betting contest indicates that this exact situation may just occur. In the eight games that the Packers and Vikings have played in Green Bay since 2001, the Packers have won five of the games straight up, but only covered the NFL football betting line in one. In other words, in several of these NFL football betting contests the Packers have been favored and won the game without winning by enough points to cover the NFL betting line. If that trend is to repeat itself in the Week 1 match up between these two teams then it would involve the Packers beating the Vikings by a very small number of points. NFL football betting enthusiasts following this trend will want to wager on the Packers if considering the money line odds but the Vikings if considering the ATS odds, which is consistent with the first NFL football betting trend that was described.