The Vikings fought their way into the playoffs with a 37-34 win at Lambeau Field last week. The NFL playoff format being a fickled beast, the two teams must face each other again in the opening week of the post season. The game starts at 8pm ET in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I wonder if the Vikings even checked out of their hotel?
Adrian Peterson will be the key player he's been all year for a long shot Minnesota team. Quarterback Christian Ponder has been declared inactive for the game due to an elbow injury. Joe Webb will get the start, and he hasn't thrown a pass this season. I wonder if it matters who hands the ball to Peterson?
Aaron Rodgers and Co. are a shadow of what they were last season. Their offense has had key injuries to its wide receiver corps, but the return of Greg Jennings has helped to re-ignite their passing game. The Packers defense is another matter. They've struggled against the run (NFL rank: #16), and their pass defense is even worse (NFL Rank: #22). Rodgers' troubles can most likely be traced back to his being sacked a league high 51 times... 51! No, really! The Packers offensive line woes should continue against a blitz crazy Vikings defense.
This game should be fun to watch, and high scoring to boot! Enjoy the game!