The shit show that is the 2020 NFL season is now underway. Super Bowl LIV champions Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the season with a win against the Houston Texans on Thursday night 34-20 — which featured a small amount of fans booing the players.
Just in time for week 1, the Minnesota Vikings have signed a $63 million five-year contract extension($28 million of which will be guaranteed) with RB workhorse Dalvin Cook — who, at that price, better stay as healthy as possible. Of course, historically, Cook is not known for his ability to remain healthy. The extension continues the Vikings’ storied tradition of overpaying for slightly above average players. There’s still one thing millions will never buy the Vikings: a decent fanbase.
Speaking of fans, there will not be any at US Bank Stadium today as a precaution against COVID-19. This begs the question: will that annoying fucking horn still be blown? My guess: yes, yes it will.
Offensively, it will be interesting to see how the Packers’ new and improved receiving corps perform against a Vikings secondary in which the oldest cornerback is only 23 years old. WR Davante Adams is likely to give the Vikings secondary a very bad day.
As for Dalvin Cook, he is going up against a Packers run defense that was humiliated last season in the NFC Championship against the San Francisco 49ers. Cook also managed 191 yards from scrimmage the last time the Packers and Vikings met — however, the Packers managed to win both meetings last season.
When: 12:00pm – Central time
Where: US Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Television: NFL on Fox
Radio: WTMJ – Newsradio 620
Commentary: Chris Myers, Greg Jennings, Brock Huard, and Jen Hale
Odds per Sportsline:
Vikings vs. Packers spread: Vikings -2.5
Vikings vs. Packers over-under: 44.5 points
Vikings vs. Packers money line: Minnesota -140, Green Bay +120