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Green Bay Packers Visit Minnesota Vikings – Week 16 Preview

Heading into the second to last week of the regular season and the NFC North is on the line as the Packers head to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Green Bay enters at 11-3, while the Vikings are at 10-4. The Packers won the first meeting at home, 21-16, and are 5.5 point road underdogs in this one.

The Packers are 14th in scoring at 23.6 points per game and ninth in points allowed at just over 20 per contest. Minnesota has been more potent at offense, ranked 6th in scoring at 27 per game. They have also been stronger defensively, allowing only 18.5 per game.

Kirk Cousins and Aaron Rodgers

Sep 15, 2019; Green Bay, WI, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) greets Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) on the field following the game at Lambeau Field. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers attack throwing for 3463 yards and 24 touchdowns, against only two interceptions. Top threat Davante Adams has 63 catches for 788 yards despite missing four games. Jamaal Williams leads in receiving touchdowns with five and Marquez Valdes-Scantling is averaging 18.6 per catch.

On the ground, Aaron Jones has rushed for 830 yards and 14 touchdowns. Jamaal Williams has added 427 yards and over four yards per attempt.

Defensively, the Packers have 35 sacks, 21.5 of them coming from Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith. Green Bay have been active around the ball with 15 interceptions and 12 forced fumbles. Kicker Mason Crosby is dependable, knocking through 16-of-17 field goal tries.

For the Vikings, Kirk Cousins takes the helm, having thrown for 3481 yards and 25 touchdowns versus five interceptions. Much like Rodgers, Cousins has spread the ball around nicely, as five players have at least 30 receptions. Stefon Diggs is the top target with 60 catches for 1073 yards and five touchdowns. Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph are tied for the team lead with six touchdown receptions.

While the passing game is good, the rushing game is the Vikings’ bread and butter. Dalvin Cook has 1135 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Alexander Mattison has added 462 yards on well over four yards a touch. However, they will have to make do without Dalvin Cook due to an injury.

Danielle Hunter leads a ferocious pass rush with 13.5 of the team’s 41 sacks. Also active around the ball, the Vikings have intercepted opposing quarterbacks 16 times with 14 forced fumbles. Dan Bailey is nearly perfect on field goal tries, converting 22-of-24 and all three from 50 yards on out.

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Ed Rooney

Just a guy with too much free time trying to help out.

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9 Comments

  1. PF4L December 21, 2019

    You covered most everything except coaching, who is going to win, and the viking stank of over a half century of losing football in the NFL.
    ***
    But i digress, no one among us is perfect. Even i was questioned….back in 2015…once.

  2. Deepsky December 21, 2019

    All the news says the Vikings running backs are injured, this smells like another Minnesota desperation lie. I expect Cook to play.

    1. KILLER December 21, 2019

      By “another” I guess you mean “the first one first time ever”.

      Cook is out. No lie. Mattison is questionable or doubtful. His injury caused him to miss last week’s game so, ah, it isn’t a made up one. Just so you know, what that means is that whether he plays or does not play the Vikings are not lying. Just so you know.

      You guys seems desperate to paint the Vikings as bad guys and thus somehow have the high moral ground and the Packers deserve to win.

      The Packers, with ref help, stole games this year outright, are babied and given advantages by the NFL schedulers, and are led by an egotistical whining psycho QB.

      Rest assured, the Packers are the bad guys.

      Make your peace with it. Either choose to root for the bad guys or find another team to root for.

      1. KILLER December 21, 2019

        One more note: You are emulating your preferred bad guy team but making up this injury lie stuff. False accusations are total bad guy territory. I fear your team is having a bad influence on you.

        Resist! You can do it! Find your inner goodness!

        1. PF4L December 21, 2019

          “Rest assured, the Packers are the bad guys, remember when they had a party on a boat, using drugs and raped strippers? – Lonely Boy
          *
          “Wait….nevermind” – Lonely Boy

  3. KILLER December 21, 2019

    Ed Rooney, I found that unlike Fox news, your article was actually fair and balanced. All facts cited were the same category of stats and accurate and equal time was given.

    Well done.

    1. PF4L December 21, 2019

      A compliment from the Lonely Boy. Mr. Rooney’s life is now complete.

    2. Kato December 21, 2019

      *Unlike any 24 hour news source including MSNBC, CNN, and yes, faux news. There, fixed it for you

  4. Kato December 22, 2019

    Found Lonely Boys Twitter account

    Check out David Ward (@Dvikes184259): https://twitter.com/Dvikes184259?s=09