3 things the Packers must do to beat Vikings in Week 16

Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Jaire Alexander (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers have lost three of their past four games against the Minnesota Vikings. They must beat them at Lambeau Field to keep their playoff hopes alive for another week.

Minnesota might be the new NFC North champions, but it doesn’t mean this team can’t be beaten.

The Packers can defeat the Vikings. But how?

Let’s look at three things they must do.

1. Stop Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson might be the best wide receiver in the NFL. He leads the league in receiving with 1,756 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Packers know how good he is.

In Week 1, Jefferson dominated Green Bay’s defense with 184 yards and two touchdowns.

In his past three games against the Packers, Jefferson has put up 411 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

The Packers need to do a better job of covering Jefferson than they have in recent meetings. If Jefferson dominates as he did in Week 1, the Vikings could run away with it.

2. Score 30+ points

The Packers might need to score 30+ points to win. The good news is that this is achievable.

Minnesota has the No. 31-ranked defense in the NFL. Three of its past six opponents have put up over 30 points on the Vikings.

The Indianapolis Colts scored 36, the Detroit Lions put up 34, and the Dallas Cowboys scored 40. All since Week 11.

Green Bay’s offense has been much improved recently, averaging 26.5 points over its past six games. It has scored 30+ on two occasions in that time.

The Packers’ defense may struggle against an excellent Vikings offense, so scoring 30+ could be essential.

3. Start fast

The Vikings are masters of the one-score game. They have played in 11 this season and won them all.

Their three defeats were a different story. Minnesota lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, and Detroit Lions by a combined score of 98-33.

The Packers don’t want this game to be close late in the fourth quarter. This Vikings team knows how to win one-score games.