As we approach the crust of the NFL regular-season sandwich, the season finale of Monday Night Football has the potential to be its best game of the year.
The final MNF game of the 2019 NFL season is a classic NFC North battle between the 11-3 Green Bay Packers at the 10-4 Minnesota Vikings; with the division title still very much up for grabs. The Vikings are 5 point favorites.
If the Packers can win as a road dog they'll be NFC North Champs for the first time since 2016; ending Aaron Rodgers and the Packs' two-year postseason drought. If Kirk Cousins and the Minnesota Vikings can win on Monday Night, something Cousins has NEVER done before, they'll still be alive for the division; although they'll need some help week 17.
Both QBs are quietly having really nice seasons, as long as Aaron Rodgers doesn't have to return to his home state of California (perhaps being in the same state as his parents knocks him off his game??)
Sure, A-a-ron isn't gonna throw for 40 touchdowns, but if he avoids an absolute meltdown the final two games he can set a new career low in interceptions; only 2 through 14 starts. There's a lot of 1 or 0 touchdown performances peppered in; 8 to be precise.
#statguy. I did the research for this, man I hope it's right.
Kirk Cousins is having his best overall season as he's been able to lean on the running game. Through 14 starts he hasn't thrown 40 passes in a game once.
Between Dalvin Cook being out, Adam Thielen still not fully himself and the unavoidable Kirk Cousin MNF/prime time in general narrative, I do not for the life of me understand how the Vikings are 5 point favorites?
This decade, the series is 12-6-2 in favor of the Packers, but since 2015 the Vikings are 5-3-1, so it's really been the tale of two five year windows for this rivalry. I know the Vikings are at home, but to me this game screams Packers. The Packers are still playing for a potential bye. Obviously the Vikings are going to also try to win the football game, but that just really stands out to me.
Even with Cook ruled out this is exactly what you want out of a Monday Night Football game this late in the season. Meaningful football! With flexing the NFL has been able to avoid stinkers in prime time (last night withstanding) at least on paper. MNF isn't as lucky. Of all the potential match-ups this week, this is the best one on paper. Week one Saints-Chiefs and Week Seahawks-9ers week 10 are the two stand out guys of the season so far. Hopefully, Packers-Vikings can close out the MNF (regular) season in style. Luckily, we still get the Saturday Wild Card game. Bills beat Texans 24-13.