Packers: Five players key to victory in Week 8 vs. Vikings

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Green Bay Packers, Robert Tonyan
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2. Robert Tonyan

Against the Falcons, Robert Tonyan put together the best game of his young career with three touchdowns in a 30-16 Packers win.

In the two games following, Tonyan has had a minimal impact. If that has been by design with Davante Adams back or a product of extra attention being paid to him because of that performance is difficult to know.

But, with Aaron Jones ruled out again and the Vikings unlikely to let Adams dominate them again, Aaron Rodgers is going to need another receiver to step up.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been too inconsistent to believe he will be that guy and none of the other wide receivers have given us any reason to think they are capable.

The Vikings are thin in the front seven and even thinner in the secondary. That should give the Packers offense ample opportunity to get players open.

With his side and speed, Tonyan has the ability to have another big game.

Yes, the Vikings have two Pro Bowl safeties, but I imagine most of their time will be dedicated to helping slow down the Packers’ run game and Adams, giving Tonyan what I think will be one-on-one coverage all day.

If Tonyan really wants to make his mark, this game versus a division opponent is the way to do it.