Sunday Night Football: Vikings Underdogs vs Packers at Lambeau

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The Minnesota Vikings will look to claim their first NFC North divisional crown since 2009 when they take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football as 3.5-point betting underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The 10-5 Vikings are coming off their second consecutive straight-up win, a decisive 49-17 victory over the New York Giants that clinched their first playoff berth since 2012.

Strong play on the road has powered Minnesota’s revival, with the club posting four SU wins in their past five contests ahead of Sunday night’s Vikings vs. Packers betting matchup at Lambeau Field.

But while the Vikings have dominated teams with losing records, outscoring the Giants and Chicago Bears by a combined 87-34 margin over the past two weeks, they have struggled against playoff-bound teams this season, going 1-4 SU and picking up their sole victory in a 16-10 win over Kansas City that capped the Chiefs’ early-season five-game SU losing skid.

The Packers limp home for their season finale after taking a 38-8 beating from the Arizona Cardinals last weekend. The loss ended a three-game SU win streak, and also handed Green Bay just their second loss against the spread in their last six games according to the OddsShark NFL Database.

Green Bay has held opponents to just 14 points per game in their last three at Lambeau. However, they have also struggled to generate offense, failing to crack 300 total yards in each of their last two, while pivot Aaron Rodgers has tossed under 220 passing yards in five of his last six, throwing interceptions in four of his last five outings.

The Packers have been a strong bet at home since the beginning of last season, posting a 14-2 SU record in 16 contests, 10-5-1 ATS, and have dominated the division rival Vikings over the past five years, going 10-1-1 SU in their past 12 overall, and 8-1-1 SU in their last 10 meetings at Lambeau, 7-3 ATS.

A win by the Packers on Sunday sets the stage for a possible rematch between the two clubs on Wild Card Weekend.

A victory by Green Bay gives the Packers their fifth straight division title and the No. 3 playoff seed, while a Vikings loss combined with a Seattle Seahawks win over the Arizona Cardinals drops Minnesota to the No. 6 seed.

A Seahawks loss to Arizona means that the loser of Sunday night’s clash will visit the NFC East champion Washington Redskins on Wild Card Weekend, with Seattle visiting the winner.

Broncos double-digit favorites on Sunday night vs. winless, depleted Giants

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The Denver Broncos head into Sunday night with the largest spread they have had at home after a bye week in at least 25 years. The Broncos are 11.5-point favorites against the winless New York Giants with a 38.5-point total for the Week 6 Sunday Night Football matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Denver is 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in post-bye week games dating back to 2010. There’s a similar long-running trend of Denver being 7-2 SU and ATS in home games following a bye week since 2003. However, this is the first time since 1996 that Denver has been a double-digit favorite in that scenario.

The Giants, which are 0-5 SU and 2-3 ATS, had three wide receivers, including Odell Beckham Jr., sustain season-ending injuries last week. That has left QB Eli Manning with WR Roger Lewis (15 career catches) and WR Tavarres King as his main outside targets. Slot WR Sterling Shephard (sprained ankle) could be inactive.

While team performances tend to gravitate toward the mean with time, the Giants will need to show something new – with replacement-level personnel – in order to move the ball against a Denver pass defense which allows only 6.2 yards per pass, fifth-best in the NFL.

The Broncos’ top-ranked defense, led by OLB Von Miller, is also first in run defense and has every starter healthy. While NFC teams are a combined 1-10 SU on the road against Denver since 2012, the Giants are a solid 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the AFC.

Denver, 3-1 SU and 2-1-1 ATS, has been quietly efficient on offense. The Broncos, with QB Trevor Siemian, are in the middle of the NFL pack in yards per pass, but they are facing a Giants secondary that is minus CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (suspension) and has also had inconsistent play from CB Eli Apple.

Denver, 7-2 ATS over its last nine home games in October, has been good at opening holes for the tandem of C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles, who are each capable of making things happen in the open field if the tackling gets sloppy. New York also won’t have DT Olivier Vernon drawing double teams up front and keeping blockers off MLB Damon Harrison.

Unless the Broncos stop themselves, they should be able to grind out a workmanlike win.

The total has gone over in three of the Giants’ last four games against the Broncos, according to the OddsShark NFL Database. The total has gone over in six of the Broncos’ last seven games as a favorite of 11.0 points or more.

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Watch Indianapolis Colts vs. Seattle Seahawks live on NBC

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The Seattle Seahawks host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football as both teams look to get back to .500.

Russell Wilson will be the focal point of the Seahawks offense after throwing for a career-high 373 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort vs. the Titans in Week 3. Wilson’s ability to avoid the rush and use his legs will be on full display as Seattle’s offensive line continues to struggle.

On the defensive side, the Seahawks’ “Legion of Boom” will look to get back on track at home in a raucous environment against Colts QB Jacoby Brissett who is filling in for an injured Andrew Luck.

If the Colts have any chance to pull off the upset on the road, Brissett will have to use his legs and connect on some deep throws to T.Y. Hilton.

Football Night in America

Start time: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app

Colts vs. Seahawks

Start time: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV channel: NBC

Live stream: NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app