Packers vs. Vikings Preview

The Green Bay Packers host the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon as they hope to bounce back after getting trounced by the New York Giants last week. The game will be at 1:00 pm eastern time and will be shown on FOX.

Why you should watch: Green Bay is trying to get back on track to the playoffs after being wiped out last Sunday at the Meadowlands. The Vikings are in a free-fall but are trying to regain momentum to try to save their season. Minnesota will be without Percy Harvin, while Green Bay gets Greg Jennings back from injury. On top of all that, Vikings vs. Packers has always been a great rivalry game and rivalry games usually mean tough, competitive games that are entertaining for all.

What to watch for: It will be interesting to see how Green Bay incorporates Greg Jennings back into their offense after missing so many games. Aaron Rodgers and co. have adjusted nicely in his absence, but there is no doubt Jennings has been Rodgers’ favorite target in his short career. Jennings should be targeted early and often, while Randall Cobb is used as a jack-of-all-trades once again tomorrow. If Minnesota can stop one option, Rodgers usually has another one to go to. This is why the Packers offense has been so dominant over the past couple of years, and why it could be again tomorrow.

Key Matchups: The Packers offensive line vs the Vikings defense. After watching Green Bay’s offensive line implode last week, expect to see a lot of blitzing and different pressure packages by Minnesota. They will want to pressure Aaron Rodgers like the Giants did last week, and Jared Allen is someone who can destroy the Packers’ offensive strategy by himself. If the offensive line gives him even a second more per play than last week, Rodgers can pick apart any secondary, especially Minnesota’s.

The Pick: The pick here is the Packers, who will rebound from one of their worst losses in recent memory, 28-13. Without Percy Harvin again, I don’t see how the Vikings offense can sustain drives consistently. On the flip side, Green Bay is getting healthy and could use this game as a springboard towards a playoff run.

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