The Green Bay Packers are set to take on the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau today at noon. The Packers come in having dropped three straight while the Vikings are coming off of a blowout loss to the Seahawks. This is a crucial game for the Packers, who are currently one game back of the Lions and Bears in the NFC North.
What to Watch For: Adrian Peterson has run all over the Packers in recent years. In week 8 against the Packers he was held to 60 yards but only because the Vikings were forced to throw the ball in the midst of a blowout. By his standards, he has had a below average year and is facing an improved Packers run defense. It is also important to note that Peterson has been fighting through a groin injury and has not been playing at an elite level. That being said, the Packers are likely to be without Johnny Jolly today who has a lingering groin injury. This could pose problems for a run defense who has been vulnerable of late after such a great start.
Scott Tolzien, who has clearly been put in a difficult postition, has proven he can throw the ball successfully. What he will need to do today is avoid costly turnovers. In two games Tolzien has thrown five interceptions. Mike McCarthy said he has been impressed with Tolzien’s downfield throws, which should open up the play-calling for Tolzien today.
Eddie Lacy will look to rebound after a rough day on the ground against the Giants. While he did score, he was held to just 27 yards on 14 carries. It is likely that the Packers continue to feed Lacy and Starks in order to help open up the passing game for Tolzien.
While injuries have taken a toll on defense, a pass-rush is a necessary component to a Packers victory. Clay Matthews and friends must find a way to get to the quarterback today to help take the pressure off of a banged up and struggling secondary.
Prediction: The Packers are at home, and playing against a struggling Vikings offense. Tolzien will fix his turnover problem and the Packers will come out on top in a close one, 20-17.