This weekend has a lot at stake for both the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings, as well as Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. For Green Bay, a win will guarantee a first round bye in the playoffs and a home game in the second round. For Minnesota, a win will guarantee them a spot in the playoffs, after that idea seemed out of the question during a slump in October and November. If Minnesota loses, they can still get in with losses by the Bears and Giants, but the Vikings certainly would like to win and eliminate the possibility of them not making the postseason. One of the most interesting stories to follow this year has been Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, in his return from a torn ACL at the end of last year. So far, he has been the leading rusher this season, and is 207 yards away from breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2105 yards.
For the Packers, stopping Peterson will be the key to a victory and to guarantee themselves a playoff bye. It is no secret that Peterson has been the offense for Minnesota all year, especially after Percy Harvin was placed on injured reserve. Peterson gashed the Packers for 210 yards in their last meeting, repeatedly breaking tackles and busting long runs to wreak havoc in the Packers defense. This game will be a test to how much the Green Bay run defense has improved since then, and if Green Bay can do that, they should have enough to beat the Vikings for the 6th time in a row.