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Week 2 NFL Picks: APC likes Rodgers-led Packers to beat Vikings by narrow margin
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Nov 07 2018, 3:10 am - By linchao

A week after our contributors were unanimous in picking the Green Bay Packers to beat the Chicago Bears Green Bay Packers Hats , there is much less consensus leading up to the team’s week two matchup with the Minnesota Vikings. Aaron Rodgers led a remarkable comeback at Lambeau Field to validate our week one pick, but with a sprained knee and a tougher defense coming to town this Sunday, we have several contributors expecting a Vikings victory.Five out of our 14 contributors have the Vikings winning this week, so direct your hate mail to Tex, Jason, Jon Meerdink, Mike, and Shawn. However, that leaves us with an overall vote of 8-6 in favor of Green Bay moving to 2-0 despite the tough matchup on deck this Sunday afternoon.Across the NFL, APC has five unanimous selections this week. First up is the Chargers defeating the Bills in Josh Allen’s first start for Buffalo on Sunday afternoon; however, we also picked the Saints beating the Browns, the Eagles over the Buccaneers, a Rams victory over the Cardinals, and the Broncos defeating the Raiders.Check out the rest of our picks below and give us your predictions for this week’s games in the comments.Week 2 NFL PicksGameTexJasonPeterKrisBobJon BJon MJordanMatubMikePaulShawnWendiZachAPC PickGameTexJasonPeterKrisBobJon BJon MJordanMatubMikePaulShawnWendiZachAPC PickWeek 1 LeaderboardFirst place (12-3-1): Jon MeerdinkT-2nd place (11-4-1): Jason Hirschhorn, Jordan Smith Green Bay Packers Hoodie , MatubT-5th place (10-5-1): Evan “Tex” Western, Paul Noonan, Shawn WagnerT-8th place (9-6-1): Peter Bukowski, Kris Burke, Bob Fitch, Mike Vieth12th place (8-7-1): Wendi Hansen13th place (6-9-1): Zach RapportOverall APC pick record: 9-6-1FanPulse PredictionsNot surprisingly, both Packers and Vikings fans see a tight game this weekend, but both sides favor their own teams just slightly. Here are the results of this week’s FanPulse surveys from our readers here at APC and those at the Daily Norseman:Daily Norseman FanPulse: Vikings by 5Acme Packing Company FanPulse: Packers by 1Football Outsiders Q&A: Vikings still have slight edge over Packers in tough NFC North To close out our Q&A with Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders, we at Acme Packing Company decided to go for the big picture. What are the realistic goals for the Green Bay Packers overall this season? Is it reasonable to expect the franchise to compete for a Super Bowl this year, as our Paul Noonan suggests?Predicting playoff success is difficult, but it’s the question on every Packers fan’s mind. Then again, there is another possibility: is this Packers team likely to fall short of the playoffs for a second straight year?Be sure to check out the 2018 Football Outsiders Almanac for more answers to your questions, including many that you probably didn’t even realize you wanted to ask.APC: How do you see the Packers faring in the division and NFC playoff race this season?As Scott notes, the NFC North should be one of the top divisions in the NFL this year. In a 2017 season that featured the division’s best player missing nine games and one team starting a rookie quarterback with one of the most unimaginative head coaches in football (looking at you, Bears) Customized Green Bay Packers Jerseys , the division still managed to combine for a record over .500. Now, Aaron Rodgers is back, which probably improves the Packers by a minimum of three wins; the Vikings get their preferred starting running back and have made several improvements; the Bears brought aboard a clever offensive mind as head coach in Matt Nagy; and the Lions...well, they’re the Lions. But still, this division should be one of the tougher groupings in the league this year.It’s only natural to give the Vikings the preseason pick, however. Although Case Keenum had a better year than Kirk Cousins in 2017, Cousins is probably the better quarterback. Adding John DeFilippo to Mike Zimmer’s coaching staff should help Cousins take another step forward as well. Plus, the Vikings still have one of the NFL’s best and deepest defenses and one of the top defensive minds as their head coach.But can the Packers challenge for that mantle? If their offensive line can keep Aaron Rodgers in one piece and if the defense takes a tangible step forward, they can. And as noted in Scott’s response, they should at a minimum be a playoff team, and the team’s last Super Bowl came as the sixth seed in the NFC. Home-field advantage sure would be nice, though, and that Sunday Night game between the Packers and Vikings on Thanksgiving weekend should be a big one.Thanks to Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders for all of his insight and to all of the FO staff for their gracious responses to all of us at SB Nation.
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