Don’t let the lack of a home-state team fool you because there is a lot of interest in the NFL in Iowa. Furthermore, several teams from neighboring states to cheer for, including the Green Bay Packers. There’s a slew of hardcore Packers backers across the Hawkeye State.
Now that we can legally and safely bet on the NFL and all other sports in Iowa, each Packers game is an event. The team is chock full of talent and regularly in contention, so there’s plenty to root for all season long.
In our complete guide to betting on the Packers in Iowa, we’ll cover where you can find the best odds, what kind of wagers you can make, and where you can get some free bets.
You can bet on every Packers game. From the preseason straight through to what will hopefully be a deep run in the postseason, Iowa sportsbooks will offer up the odds. You can stay on top of the latest Green Bay Packers betting lines with our live odds feed. It’s customizable with real-time odds from the best books in the state.
In the current era of Packers football, the team has regularly been in contention to make some noise. You can place your bets on how far you think the team will go via the futures market. You can bet on Green Bay to win the Super Bowl, NFC or NFC North. Click on any odds to go straight to the sportsbook and claim your bonus.
Aaron Rodgers is one of a handful of QBs in the conversation for best in the game, so he’s always a legitimate threat to take down the Most Valuable Player award. You can wager on that and other season-long and single-game props.
There’s an awesome search feature on our feed to find the latest offerings on specific Packers players, so be sure to check back often.
You can bet on all the Packers games in real-time, and also take shots with side wagers for each contest all season long. Live betting and props are two of the most popular attractions for NFL betting at online sportsbooks.
Also known as in game wagering, live betting lets you wager as the action plays out on the field. It’s a fast-moving market in which the offerings will vary based on what’s going on, but here are some examples:
The best way to jump in with live betting is via an app with a leading Iowa sportsbook. Some top-notch platforms afford you the chance to stay on top of the live action. You can quickly and easily get your bets on your phone while watching the game from wherever you are within state lines.
For prop bets, you’ll find all of the available options by clicking through on the Packers game listing. You’ll see Green Bay Packers prop bets that revolve around team events and the game as a whole, as well as ones for player accomplishments.
Live betting and props open up even more ways to get in the game with Packers all season long. If you’re looking to bet on Green Bay and all the NFL action, you won’t be lacking options to consider.
There are several options for sportsbook apps here in Iowa, but a trio is at the top of the charts. Here’s a look at the top three and what they bring to the table:
Each of these three apps has its merits, so it’s a close call on which is the best of the best:
A few short years ago, the only legal option for betting on the Packers in the US was in Las Vegas. It’s a different story these days with legal and safe options available in Iowa.
Since Vegas had a stranglehold on legal betting for decades, the odds from the desert are still viewed as the gold standard. While there’s nothing wrong with that, you can find comparable numbers in Iowa.
Several top sportsbooks have set up shop in the Hawkeye State, and they’ve been solid on the odds front. Naturally, you’ll find some ticks of difference here and there, but that’s a positive for bettors as they can shop around to find the best prices.
In terms of how the Iowa odds stack up with Vegas, the same applies. You’ll find a few differences, but nothing that moves the needle all that much. You can take the time to see what Sin City has to say about the events you want to wager on, but expect to find similar numbers at Iowa sportsbooks.
Green Bay entered the 2020 campaign looking like a serious contender to represent the NFC in the next edition of the Super Bowl. To date, the club hasn’t disappointed.
The team opened up hot and went into the Week 4 bye with a perfect mark of 4-0. After some time off, the club hit a rough patch and dropped two of three, but the Packers managed to right the ship and close out the regular season at 13-3.
Sportsbooks will have betting odds for each Packers game all season. Preseason games don’t see too much betting action, but interest rises for the regular season and into the playoffs. Here’s what an example game line looks like:
|Dallas Cowboys||+6.5 (-110)||+220||O 49.5 (-110)|
|Green Bay Packers||-6.5 (-110)||-300||U 49.5 (-110)|
If we look from left to right next to the two team names, the series of numbers represents the odds and lines for the big three NFL bet types: point spreads, moneylines and totals. Here’s how the three types of wagers work:
For those new to betting, it can take a little time to become familiar with the odds board and what it’s telling you. The good news is that practice and repetition will get you up to speed in no time. Before too long, you’ll be able to quickly make sense of what may look like a bunch of random numbers to the untrained eye.
The Packers broke a two-year postseason drought in 2019. After wrapping up the regular season with a mark of 13-3 and as champs of the NFC North, the team picked up a win over the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round before falling to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship game.
Heading into 2020, the team was on the shortlist of legitimate contenders in the NFC. It boasts plenty of firepower on offense with Aaron Rodgers leading a talented cast that includes Davante Adams and Aaron Jones. The defense is loaded with talent, as well.
The team lived up to its promise in the early going by starting out 4-0. Green Bay came back to earth by dropping two out of three, but another impressive stretch of six wins in seven games followed, and the Packers ended up at 13-3 once more.
For the long-term, the team should remain in contention for as long as Aaron Rodgers holds off Father Time. He’s in the discussion for being the top QB in the NFL. Naturally, he can’t do it all alone, but the club has done a solid job of filling out the rest of the roster with the right pieces.
Interest in the NFL stays strong throughout the year. In the offseason, there are several highlights, including the NFL draft and free agency. Additionally, the league releases the schedule for the upcoming season.
We’re still a few months away from that, but we do know most of the teams the Packers will be facing. The only outstanding questions are a couple of opponents and whether the NFL adds a 17th game for each team, which it can do under the latest collective bargaining agreement but hasn’t made an official decision yet. Here is how the schedule breaks down with 16 games:
When the NFL makes up the schedule, it follows a rotation of divisions that switches up every season. Looking ahead to 2021, Green Bay will be squaring off with the AFC North and NFC West. Since we know that, we can determine the opponents for 14 of the games:
For now, we can look ahead to several quality contests for Green Bay in 2021. Overall, it is shaping up to be a challenging schedule with plenty of intriguing matchups.
The team has had plenty of star power through the years, and the last five seasons have been no exception. Rodgers remains the face of the franchise, but there are lots of talent around him. Here’s a look at the top performers in recent times in Green Bay:
|Year||Passing Yds||Rushing Yds||Receiving Yds||Tackles||Sacks|
|2019||Rodgers - 4,002||Jones - 1,084||Adams - 997||Martinez - 155||Z. Smith - 13.5|
|2018||Rodgers - 4,442||Jones - 728||Adams - 1,386||Martinez - 144||Fackrell - 10.5|
|2017||Hundley - 1,386||Williams - 556||Adams - 885||Martinez - 144||Matthews - 8.5|
|2016||Rodgers - 4,428||Montgomery - 457||Nelson - 1,257||Burnett - 93||Perry - 11|
|2015||Rodgers - 3,821||Lacy - 758||Jones - 890||Clinton-Dix - 100||Peppers - 10.5|
Going back to the Brett Favre era, the Packers have benefited from a lot of consistency at the QB position. Favre was basically an iron man who never missed a start, while Rodgers has suited up more often than not. However, there were two campaigns over the last eight in which he missed an extended period of time.
Rodgers was drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft with the 24th pick by the Packers. Brett Favre was still entrenched as the starter in Green Bay at this time, so a few questions were surrounding the pick.
He played his college ball at the University of California-Berkeley and showed plenty of flashes along the way. Rodgers was considered a lock to be taken earlier in the draft, but he wound up unexpectedly tumbling to later in the first round.
After serving as the backup to Favre, Rodgers took over as the starter in 2008. He quickly developed into one of the best QBs in the league, earning MVP honors in 2011 while helping lead the Packers to a Super Bowl XLV win. Rodgers is still going strong and continues to play like one of the top signal-callers in the NFL.
Traditionally, the Packers have been all about building through the draft. There has been the occasional splash in free agency, but the heart of the team has been drafted and developed in-house. Here are the last five players Green Bay has selected in the first round.
|2020||Jordan Love||QB||Utah State|
|2015||Damarious Randall||S||Arizona State|
Matt LaFleur was hired as head coach of the Packers for the 2019 season. Early returns have been promising as he led the team to an appearance in the NFC Championship game in his first year on the job. Here’s the rest of the staff that helps LaFleur run the show in Green Bay.
The Packers play at Lambeau Field, one of the most iconic venues in all of sports. Often referred to as the “frozen tundra,” it can give the team quite the home-field advantage thanks to a lot of passionate support and its imposing elements in the winter months. Here are the details on where you can catch Green Bay games in person:
The term “cheesehead” has been adopted as the official nickname of the Packers faithful. It has become much more than a reference, too, as fans in attendance at Green Bay games have been known to wear “cheese hats” to pay homage to the team.
At retail price, seats for Packers games are in the range of $110-$150 for regular-season games. The team uses variable pricing, so costs can spike. The same holds true on the secondary market as tickets to see the team are in high demand.
According to SeatGeek, the average price for games is around $185. Keep in mind that prices will vary based on the opponent, how the team is doing and seat location and sightlines.
Planning to be in the Green Bay area during NFL season but don’t have tickets to the game? That’s unfortunate, but the good news is that there are lots of places around the stadium to have a good time. Here’s a couple of spots to put on your to-do list.
A bar, grill and banquet hall only a block away from Lambeau Field, this is a go-to spot for scores of fans who don’t have tickets to the game. It’s a huge bar with lots to keep you occupied as you soak in the festivities.
This local chain of sports bars that is known for having outstanding wings. If that’s not enough to get your attention, there’s also a great selection of beverages and lots of screens for you to enjoy all the Packers’ action.
In Iowa, there are also plenty of places to head out and watch the Packers. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about missing a thing on the betting front, as you can take care of business via a sportsbook app from anywhere within state lines. Here are two great places to go for Packer game days.
A sports bar and grill, you’ll find all of the usual suspects like pizza and wings, as well as a huge list of beverages. There are also great sightlines to catch all of the action on plenty of screens throughout the joint.
Serving classic pub fare, this is a popular watering hole in Des Moines. There’s a great atmosphere on game days, as well as plenty of food selections, brews and TVs.
Few things are must-see TV in today’s world of on-demand streaming. NFL games are one of the items on the shortlist. When the Packers are on the tube, you’ll have no trouble finding the game as a result.
Sunday afternoon NFL games are the property of CBS and Fox. The two broadcast networks have affiliates across Iowa. Featured games may vary, but Green Bay is typically one of the attractions.
Evening games appear in a couple of spots, depending on the time slot. For Thursday Night Football, you can tune into Fox, NFL Network or Amazon Prime. You can head to NBC for Sunday Night Football, and over to ESPN for Monday Night Football.
Amazon Prime is a separate subscription, while the rest of the channels are available in cable, streaming and satellite packages. NFL RedZone provides coverage on Sundays and is available for an additional charge, while the Sunday Ticket Package is available for a fee for DirecTV subscribers.
Local and primetime games can be on Yahoo sports and the NFL app, but check for exact availability in your area. On the radio side, Wayne Larrivee and Larry McCarren handle broadcasting duties. To pick up the feed in Iowa, you can check out Radio.com or the TuneIn app.
The history of the Packers franchise stretches all the way back to 1919. One of the inaugural members of the NFL, the team found some success in the early going, but things really picked up in the 1960s. The legendary Vince Lombardi was at the helm for one of the most dominant runs of excellence that the sport has ever seen.
From 1960 through 1967, the Packers were in the postseason in all but two years. They won five NFL championship games over this span and lost another, and also picked up victories in the first two editions of the Super Bowl.
Following the dominant run, lean times came to Green Bay. The team would make the playoffs just twice over 25 seasons, but fortunes began to change in the 1990s. Franchise legends Brett Favre and Reggie White starred for a club that made the postseason each year from 1993-98 and won a Super Bowl along the way.
After the turn of the century, Green Bay remained competitive as the Favre era transitioned to one led by Aaron Rodgers. The Packers picked up some more hardware with a victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Since that point, the club has made the playoffs in seven of nine seasons, with Rodgers and assorted stars on offense and defense leading the way.
As one of the NFL’s signature franchises, Green Bay has had lots of all-time greats suited up for the team. The 1960s Packers sent plenty of members to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and more recent times have seen several franchise legends take the field in green and gold. Here’s a look at some of the club record holders in a number of categories:
The Packers are unique in the world of professional sports. They are the only franchise that’s a community-owned and nonprofit entity. Mark Murphy currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of the team.
The Packers currently carry a valuation of $3.05 billion, at least according to the latest NFL franchise valuations from Forbes. That places them 14th place in the list of 32 teams, sandwiched between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Dallas Cowboys are at the top of the charts at $5.7 billion.
The current team captains for the Green Bay Packers are as follows: Aaron Rodgers, offense; Za’Darius Smith, defense; and Mason Crosby, special teams. A number of franchise legends have held the designation through the years, including Julius Peppers and Willie Davis.
The Packers have won four Super Bowls — Super Bowl I over the Kansas City Chiefs, Super Bowl II over the Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl XXXI over the New England Patriots, and Super Bowl XLV over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team also won 11 NFL championships in the pre-merger days. On an all-time basis, the club has 20 division titles and 34 appearances in the postseason.
While a number of NFL legends have taken the field for Green Bay, just six numbers have been officially retired by the franchise. Here’s the list.
The team can be followed on Twitter @Packers. This is the official account with up-to-the-minute news and notes surrounding the club. You can also stay up to date by visiting Packers.com and by checking in with the team on other major social media outlets.