Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Thursday night NFL pick: Vikings at Packers

VIKINGS (2-2) at PACKERS (2-2)

Line: GB by 9 ½

Cote’s pick: GB 27-20

TV: 8:25 p.m., CBS/NFL (airing in South Florida)

Seattle has taken over the NFL’s home-field-mystique crown, but Lambeau Field still ranks up there for the Packers. The venue, short week and a tender ankle could conspire to make things tough for Vikes rookie Teddy Bridgewater as Week 5 sets sail. Last week he became only fifth QB to top 300 yards with zero picks in his first pro start. Robert Griffin III did it in 2012; otherwise it has been career lightweights Eric Hipple (1981), Browning Nagle (1992) and Jay Fiedler (with Miami in 2000). But now Teddy Football is on the road and facing the division king. Now he has to outscore Aaron Rodgers, who has averaged 310 yards in past nine meetings in a series Gee Bees have mostly dominated. Rodgers is 3-0 in Thursday night division games; make it four. Hunch that Purples keep it inside the betting line, though. Minny has been solid on the ground – Adrian Who!? – and Cheeseheads’ run-D is giving up league-worst 176 yards per game.

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