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Green Bay Packers: Which Vikings team will we see Sunday night?


 

It looks like quarterback Christian Ponder will start next Sunday night against the Packers. Jim O photograph

It looks like quarterback Christian Ponder will start next Sunday night against the Packers. Jim O photograph

And so it continues … for the Green Bay Packers.

The injury list has grown larger but they find a way to recapture their rightful spot atop of the NFC North.

This weekend’s match up between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings will continue to be one of my annual favorites. Most of my friends/family are Vikings fans so the bets, trash talking, and speculating have begun.  For me it represents a time to solidify bragging rights to the Packers being the superior team.  A notion that Greg Jennings is still familiar with if he hasn’t recovered from the brain-washing. With the speculation, it is important to keep in mind that this is an NFC North showdown in which it is key to tread lightly.

Usually the Vikings are a pretty mediocre and inconsistent team, winning a few and then losing a few up until the end of the season. This year, however, they are just

It looks as though the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman won't be throwing passes come Sunday night. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports photograph

It looks as though the Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman won’t be throwing passes come Sunday night. Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports photograph

downright horrible. Monday night may have been the ugliest football game they have played all year. Their only win has come against the equally struggling Pittsburgh Steelers halfway across the world.

On the surface, the Vikings look like they should be performing a little better than a 1-5 record.  According to the 2013 overall NFL rankings they are currently 24th in passing yards, averaging 214 yards per game. They, and by “they” I mean Adrian Peterson, are 19th overall in rushing yards averaging 102 yards per game.

On the other side of the ball they currently rank 29th in pass yards allowed (288 yards per game) and 14th in rushing yards allowed (102 yards per game).  Two of their six games were lost in the final seconds as they gave up touchdowns to the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns.

Don’t let these sub-par statistics fool you as the Vikings are capable of giving the Packers some competition. A fierce pass rush led by Jared Allen from the outside will have to be accounted for as well as the elusive Adrian Peterson in the backfield. I didn’t want to bring it up, but week 17 last year is a perfect example of what happens when the Vikings are clicking. I am confident that on offense, the Packers will continue to produce despite the latest injuries.  If they keep playing good football on defense, Green Bay will make it hard on Josh Freeman (or whoever they play at QB) and company to find any rhythm. That will be key.

All we can hope for on Sunday is more of the same from the struggling Viking squad in order for the Packers to get the win in Minneapolis.

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