Vikings at Packers Game Preview

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Sep 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After a dramatic win in Chicago last week, the Packers welcome the Vikings into Lambeau in a game that could turn the tables on the Lions in the NFC North. At 8-6, the Packers are one game back from the Lions in the North and win the Lions heading to Dallas, they’ll likely fall to 9-6. The Packers can pull even if they get the win and make the final game of the season against the Lions a showdown for the NFC North and that elusive playoff spot.

The Vikings are a struggling team that’s trying to make the best of an injury riddled season. They play the Packers and then face the Bears to close the season out.

Players to Watch

Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes

The Florida State alumni has evolved into one of the leagues more versatile defenders. He already has four interceptions this year and if the Packers are going to get the win Aaron Rodgers needs to make sure that Rhodes doesn’t control the game defensively.

Green Bay Packers:  Ty Montgomery

Montgomery was the breakout star in the game against Chicago and he’s the key to making this Packers offense more two dimensional. Now that the Packers have a playoff spot, ensuring that they don’t just rely on Aaron Rodgers is key to them moving far in the postseason. Montgomery had a sensational game against the Bears and if he can keep it up the Packers are going to have a lot more success offensively.


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Prediction

The Vikings offense is one of the worst in the league, so even if the Packers don’t have a stellar game defensively they should still hold the Vikings to below 20 points. Rodgers and the offense should be able to move the ball on this defense so long as they can run the football.

Minnesota Vikings: 13

Green Bay Packers: 24

The Packers need this win and on paper it looks like they’re going to get it. The Packers come into this game with the swagger of a team on a win streak. Barring a complete offensive collapse they should outscore the Vikings offense and get the win.

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