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Guard Pat Elflein, linebacker Ben Gedeon ruled out for Vikings vs. Packers in Green Bay

The Vikings will be without guard Pat Elflein and linebacker Ben Gedeon for Sunday afternoon’s game in Green Bay.

Elflein, who emerged from last week’s win against the Falcons with a knee injury, was questionable to play after being limited in practices on Thursday and Friday. Elflein tested his knee in the west end zone of Lambeau Field about three hours before kickoff while being directed by the team’s strength coach, athletic trainer and offensive line coaches.

Guard Dakota Dozier, 28, will start for the Vikings. Dozier signed a one-year deal in free agency after spending five NFL seasons with the Jets.

Gedeon, who was questionable to play due to a groin injury suffered during Friday’s practice, also will not play. Gedeon worked out at Lambeau about two hours before kickoff.

Cornerback Mike Hughes is sidelined for his second game. He was listed doubtful to play after practicing in full Friday for the first time since suffering his multi-ligament knee injury about 10.5 months ago.

Just four cornerbacks — Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes, Kris Boyd and Nate Meadors — are active for the Vikings as Mackensie Alexander is out after dislocating his elbow last week against the Falcons.

Safety Jayron Kearse is expected to fill Alexander’s role as the slot defender in the Vikings’ often-used nickel package.

Vikings’ inactives: Elflein (knee), Gedeon (groin), Alexander (elbow), Hughes (knee), DT Jalyn Holmes, DT Armon Watts and OT Oli Udoh.

Packers’ inactives: LB Oren Burks (chest), WR Darrius Shepherd (hamstring), CB Ka’Dar Hollman, DL Kingsley Keke, RB Dexter Williams, OL Lucas Patrick and OL Cole Madison.

Week 2 picks: Vikings one of nine predicted road winners

 

 

 

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers got off a pass over the Vikings defense a year ago in Green Bay. Photo: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

 

 

 

We already saw one road team win this week when the Bucs went to Carolina as 6 1/2-point underdogs and beat the Panthers and Cam Newton’s clearly-less-than-100-percent throwing shoulder.

Four road teams won last week with Baltimore and Kansas City scoring 59 and 40 points during a couple of leisurely strolls in Florida.

Oddsmakers are predicting more smiles for road teams this week as eight are favored Sunday and Monday. Three other home teams are favored by fewer than the traditional three points attached to home teams. One of those is Green Bay, a 2 1/2-point favorite against the Vikings.

New England is favored by 19 in Miami, where the Tankins, er, Dolphins were nipped by the Ravens 59-10 last week. K.C. is a road favorite again this week (minus-7 at Oakland), while the humiliated Browns got bumped up to 6 1/2-point road favorites with Jets quarterback Sam Darnold out of Monday night’s game because of mono.

Here are this week’s picks:

Vikings plus-2 1/2 at Packers: Vikings 27, Packers 24.

The Vikings will run the ball better, rush the passer better and, oh what the heck, even make a field goal. (Warning: No. 12 still plays for the green and gold).

Chargers minus-1 1/2 at Lions: Chargers by 3

Cardinals plus-13 at Ravens: Ravens by 7

Cowboys minus-6 at Redskins: Cowboys by 7

Seahawks plus-3 1/2 at Steelers: Seahawks by 3

Jaguars plus-9 at Texans: Texans by 7

49ers plus-1 at Bengals: 49ers by 3

Patriots plus-19 at Dolphins: Patriots by 10

Colts plus-3 1/2 at Titans: Titans by 7

Chiefs minus-7 at Raiders: Chiefs by 10

Saints plus-1 1/2 at Rams: Rams by 3

Bears minus-2 at Broncos: Broncos by 3

Eagles minus-2 at Falcons: Eagles by 7

Browns minus-6 1/2 at Jets: Browns by 3

UPSET SPECIAL

Bills minus-2 at  Giants: Giants 19, Bills 16. Last week: Panthers 27, Rams 24.  Result: Rams 30, Panthers 27. Record: 0-1.

Overall record: 11-5. Against the spread: 7-8.

NFL Scoreboard

  • Minnesota

    Green Bay

     

    - 3rd, 10:07

    10

    21

  • Jacksonville

    Houston

     

    - End 3rd

    3

    6

  • Indianapolis

    Tennessee

     

    - 3rd, 5:53

    13

    14

  • Arizona

    Baltimore

     

    - 3rd, 7:28

    9

    17

  • San Francisco

    Cincinnati

     

    - 3rd, 4:55

    31

    10

  • Los Angeles

    Detroit

     

    - 3rd, 6:24

    10

    6

  • New England

    Miami

     

    - 3rd, 4:35

    16

    0

  • Buffalo

    NY Giants

     

    - 3rd, 5:58

    21

    7

  • Seattle

    Pittsburgh

     

    - 3rd, 9:05

    14

    10

  • Dallas

    Washington

     

    - 3rd, 2:00

    21

    14

  • Kansas City

    Oakland

    3:05 PM

    CBS

  • New Orleans

    Los Angeles

    3:25 PM

    FOX

  • Chicago

    Denver

    3:25 PM

    FOX

  • Philadelphia

    Atlanta

    7:20 PM

    NBC

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