Packers vs Vikings Expert Picks & Predictions for Week 1 NFL Game
By Larry Rupp
The 2022 NFL season is finally here and the Week 1 schedule is chock full of exciting showdowns. A pair of NFC North rivals meet head-to-head as the Minnesota Vikings host the Green Bay Packers. This one could have a huge impact on who takes home the divisional crown at the end of the year.
Packers fans will be getting their first look at the offense post-Davante Adams after the All-Pro wide receiver was traded this past offseason. Meanwhile, the Vikings are aiming to bounce back after a poor 2021 showing and will likely lean on playmakers like Justin Jefferson to get the job done.
Should the Packers be favored on the road with a receiving core made up of almost entirely new players? Do the Vikings start the season off with a bang and beat Green Bay? Here's what projection models and experts across the industry have to say about the Packers vs Vikings Week 1 matchup.
Packers vs Vikings Projections
ESPN FPI: Packers (65.3%)
numberFire: Packers (55.8%)
FiveThirtyEight: Packers (53%)
Betting Favorite: Packers (-1.5)
Projected Winner: Packers (4)
Packers vs Vikings Expert Picks
ESPN Experts: Packers (7), Vikings (2)
Sports Illustrated Experts: Packers (3), Vikings (2)
CBS Sports Experts: Packers (4), Vikings (4)
Expert Totals: Packers (14), Vikings (8)
While the majority of the experts opted to take the Packers, seven upset selections is nothing to scoff at here. It lines up with how the betting market is listing this game as a near pick 'em.
The projection models expect a Green Bay victory as well, but just barely. FiveThirtyEight gave the Vikings a 47% chance of earning a win in front of the home crowd.
This divisional series has been as balanced as it gets over the years, so fans should be in for a riveting game on Sunday.
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