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NFL Opening Odds: Vikings open as slight favorites for home finale

Can they get the sweep?

Detroit Lions v Minnesota Vikings Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

Following their loss to Detroit on Sunday that caused their chances of repeating as NFC North champions to disappear, the Minnesota Vikings are still expected to win in a game that, barring something absolutely miraculous, will be the final contest at U.S. Bank Stadium this season.

The lines have opened for Week 17 in the NFL, and the DraftKings Sportsbook has installed the Vikings as an early 2-point favorite for Sunday night’s game in Minneapolis. The over/under for the game has opened at 45.5 points.

These two teams met back in Week 8, with the Vikings winning 24-10 at Lambeau Field. That was the game where Kirk Cousins suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, putting the team on a roller coaster at the quarterback position that has, ultimately, gotten them to a 7-8 record and a place on the outside of the NFC playoff picture looking in.

Both of these teams are still in the NFC playoff hunt, but neither of them controls their own destiny. The winner of this one will, effectively, be eliminated, but the winner will still have to win their regular-season finale and get help to make the postseason. Both teams have 7-8 records after the Packers escaped from Carolina with a 33-30 victory in Week 16.

The Vikings will go into this one without T.J. Hockenson, who suffered what appears to be a season-ending knee injury in the loss against Detroit. They also might not have Jordan Addison, who suffered an ankle injury on Sunday and is listed as week-to-week. The Vikings will, however, have Justin Jefferson in the fold for this one, which is something that they didn’t have the first time these two teams met.

Minnesota will be looking for its first sweep of the Packers since the 2017 season in this one. We don’t know who the Vikings will be starting at quarterback yet. They might go back to Nick Mullens despite his four-interception performance against Detroit, or they could turn to Jaren Hall. Or Joshua Dobbs. Or maybe Kevin O’Connell will suit up and take some snaps. At this point, who knows?

Kickoff for this one is slated for 7:15 PM Central time on New Year’s Eve, with the game being broadcast on the NBC family of networks, including KARE-11 in the Twin Cities area.