Five Packers to watch in home opener vs. Vikings in Week 2
By Jesse Fry
Week 2 sees the Green Bay Packers take on a familiar foe. Which players will step up to take down the division rival?
The Packers will kick off their 2019 home schedule against the hated Minnesota Vikings. Back-to-back games against division rivals could help the Packers off to a fast start with another victory. It’s almost an identical scenario from a year ago.
In last year’s game, the Packers blew a late lead, Mason Crosby missed a game-winner and the game went into overtime. From there, the teams settled for a tie after then Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson blew two kicks in overtime.
There’s a lot that’s the same but much more has changed. Each offense is starting over with a new man in charge while each defense returns the same coaching staff from last year. All the key players are mostly the same for the Vikings with little additions coming in the offseason.
Offensively, each of these teams started the season much differently. The Vikings rolled to an easy win versus the Falcons powered by Dalvin Cook and the run game. Kirk Cousins only threw 10 passes in the game while the defense forced three turnovers.
If the Packers can find a way to get the offense going, and if the defense can maintain their momentum, they could find themselves all alone in first place after two weeks. It’s early still, but starting 2-0 in the division can go a long way to get the team back into the playoffs.
Here are five players who will help the Packers get there.