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Looking Ahead to Packers vs Vikings

The Packers enter the game coming off a 35-20 win against the Houston Texans. At 5-1, the Packers lead the NFC North by a half-game over the Chicago Bears. The Vikings have lost two straight and are in the basement in the division at 1-5. Green Bay has won the last three games between the two teams, including a 43-34 shootout earlier this season. Nothing is guaranteed in this sport, but the odds strongly favor on the Packers on sites like bet-nj.com

Comparing the two teams statistically, the Packers average 32.8 points per game and allow 26.5. The Vikings average 25.8 and are among the worst defensively, giving up 32 points per game. The Packers are 6 ½ -point home favorites in this game.
Aaron Rodgers is having another stellar season, throwing for 1657 yards, 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions. His favorite target continues to be Davante Adams, who has 36 catches for 449 yards and four touchdowns, despite missing time due to injury.

On the ground, Aaron Jones is averaging 5.2 yards per carry and has 389 yards. However, he missed last week’s game and did not practice so far this week due to a calf injury. Jamaal Williams stepped in for Jones and has 219 yards on the season, averaging 4.2 per carry.

On the defensive side of the ball, Za’Darius Smith leads the Packers with six of the team’s 15 sacks. The Packers haven’t been adept at forcing the turnover, having intercepted only two passes with five forced fumbles. The kicking game is in the reliable right leg of Mason Crosby, who has converted on all nine field goal attempts.

For the Vikings, quarterback Kirk Cousins has thrown for 1475 yards and 10 touchdowns, but he has been intercepted 10 times and sacked 14 times. Adam Thielen is the obvious main target, with 32 receptions and seven touchdowns. Justin Jefferson provides a deep threat with 28 catches for 537 yards, but no other receiver has more than 10 receptions for the season.

On the ground, the Vikings like to feed the ball to Dalvin Cook as often as possible. He leads the team with 489 yards with a 5.3 average gain per attempt. Alexander Mattison has been an excellent complimentary back, rushing for 245 yards on 54 carries.

Defensively, the Vikings rely on a pass rush led by Yannick Ngakoue, who has five of the team’s 13 sacks. The team has three interceptions and six forced fumbles, but have been porous all year, ranking low in yards per game and scoring allowed. Kicker Dan Bailey has been inconsistent, hitting six field goals, but missing twice.

The Vikings need to find a way to pull off an upset or the season will be all but over less than half way in. Their best chance is to control the ball with the run, eliminate turnovers and keep Aaron Rodgers and company off the field as much as possible.

Lazard Touchdown

Sep 13, 2020; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Allen Lazard (13) scores a touchdown against Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) in the fourth quarter during their football game Sunday, September 13, 2020, at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. Green Bay won 43-34. Dan Powers/Appleton Post-Crescsent-USA TODAY NETWORK

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Ed Rooney

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

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20 Comments

  1. Kato October 31, 2020

    The Vikings don’t have Yannick anymore, so in the pass rush department they are screwed

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  2. Ferris October 31, 2020

    I’d like to take this moment to tell Skinny to go fuck his mother. Just like all those other inbred Trump supporters.

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    1. Stiggy October 31, 2020

      Who gives a Shit who skinny supports. Go vote and you cancel each other out and that will be the end of it.

      I don’t plan on voting but I swear to God…I see you cry about the election one more time on this site I will go to the poll 2 blocks from my house and vote for trump just to spite you for ruining what used to be my favorite comment board on the internet. Jp may agree with you politically but should be deleting you…skinny…and mms banter it ruins the site.

      Don’t test me or my next post on here will be a picture of my trump ballot.

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      1. Ferris November 1, 2020

        Well I don’t live in WI anymore. Thank goodness. You saying you are not voting is too bad no matter who you support.

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    2. Cheese November 1, 2020

      There’s no need to rehash political gripes from previous threads, regardless of your stance. Stay classy.
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      Distract, divide, conquer.

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      1. PF4L November 1, 2020

        Stiggy……FTW!!
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        Public Service Announcement: Here’s what i worry about…..
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        If Trump wins, half the US population will move out of the Country. Then we will instantly experience a crippling economic disaster.
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        For the sake of our Country, our people, your brothers and sisters, our economy…PLEASE…DON’T LEAVE!!

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        1. PF4L November 1, 2020

          “Don’t test me…”
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          ^^^LOL^^^
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          I love you guys!!

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    3. Skinny November 1, 2020

      Im like Suh. I stomp on ankles. I get in guys heads. Some people just cant play under those conditions.

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  3. Packntrump October 31, 2020

    fairy’s got a chubby for biden…makes sense. Skinny cheers to victory tuesday

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    1. Skinny November 1, 2020

      If the Pack finish this Fuller deal by Tuesday then we all win.

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      1. PF4L November 1, 2020

        Let me ask you something Skinny….on the real.
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        Do you look at Fuller as someone to help the Packers this season, or long term, to resign him to a new contract for the future?

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        1. Stiggy November 1, 2020

          Given thus front office was trying to replace Jimmy Graham with another shell of a former all pro tight end…ertz….I don’t want them to trade for anyone. Then again they waste 3rd round picks like its going out of style so maybe trading a 3rd for half a season of will fuller would give the franchise more value than the entire career of the third rounder they would have likely squandered the pick on.

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          1. PF4L November 1, 2020

            There is some substance in that line of thinking, but that isn’t how you want to build a team.
            But we have to ask ourselves, are we at the point where a temp player on offense we trade for, gives us a better chance at getting to the Super Bowl?
            I know we have a need for receiver, but…….do we have a defense that is ready for Championship caliber competition?
            If we answer no….then i don’t think giving up a pick to get Fuller is wise. UNLESS…we were to keep him long term. But then, where is that money coming from? It isn’t there.
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            At some point in time…SOMEBODY from the Packers…..has to look in the mirror and question why our defense can’t get better, especially after spending so many years of high draft picks and an ocean of free agent money. LOOK IN THE MIRROR!!…Does somebody from the Executive Board or the Board of Directors need to intercede? JFC
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            BROKEN

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            Ideally you build through the draft, then use free agency, not as a crutch, but a supplement.
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            I’ll repeat what i said after Gute was hired back in early 2018
            Gute will have to draft well…not only to keep pace, but to make up for and replenish what was lost when we regressed through the Ted Thompson years.
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            Well….i don’t know what you feel, but i think 2 starters in 3 drafts isn’t what i had in mind when i wrote that.
            Also….instead of using free agency as a supplement…he used it as crutch to bring his talent level up.
            As i write this…..Z’Smith is the only guy i would grade above average from that 2019 spending spree.
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            The more drafts under Gute that i watch, the more i’m convinced he had a large voice in the drafts when Ted was losing it.
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            BROKEN

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          2. Howard November 1, 2020

            Stiggy, for some reason I can’t link to your comment above. I do want to remind all that if the Packers did trade for Fuller and then could not re-sign or extend his contract the Packers could receive as high as a third round compensatory pick in the 2022 draft for losing Fuller. It is not like the Packers would receive nothing if they couldn’t keep Fuller, and if there was a good market for Fuller.
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            Not many realize that the 49ers will receive a 5th round comp. pick for losing a over thirty something E. Sanders after last year. I wonder how many thought it was stupid of Gutekunst to not go get Sanders last year for a 3rd and a little more? I think Sanders had much lesser stats last year when the 49ers traded for him from Denver, than Fuller does currently with the Texans.

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          3. PF4L November 1, 2020

            i have 3 thoughts…..
            1)Sanders doesn’t get this team in the Super Bowl this season i don’t believe. There is still a learning curve when you switch teams
            2)So why spend the draft capital
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            3) The Packers need to concentrate on making this team better (as a whole). Not trade for a band-aid for a handful of games who can’t advance your position. Worrying about a supplemental pick is petty, when this team has far bigger problems to deal with and concentrate on. One being, is if your GM is the right man for the job?
            Or whether or not your head coach has the right to decide who he wants or doesn’t want on his staff?

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          4. PF4L November 1, 2020

            *Fuller

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  4. Mick November 1, 2020

    A few more thoughts on acquiring Fuller. He’s never played a full season since he was drafted. He missed 2 games in “16”, 6 in “17”, 9 in “18” and 5 last year. He is talented, and more polished than MVS. And, at what price does the Texans want for him? As for Ertz, it doesn’t make sense. He has been in decline the last couple of years to give up whatever Philly would want in compensation. Besides, have Rodgers get Tonyan and Sternberger more involved. Get Taylor more looks too, Adams has said Taylor is really turning it on in practice, saying he has speed and confidence. Rodgers has to get it out of his thick scull to stop staring down Adams and not relying on other options in the passing game.

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  5. Creeb November 1, 2020

    Hey, guys, what’s new? Was there a game today? There was? There was!

    So, how much did the Packers beat the Vikings by? 2 touchdowns? Three? Five?

    Yeah, those Vikings. Pitiful. No chance. Rodgers vs. the back-ups of the back-ups of the replacement CBs for the 3 starters they lost in free agency. Plus missing their top defensive player (Hunter) and Anthony Barr and Michael Pierce and with Ngakoue just traded away for a 3rd and a 5th. Plus, game in Green Bay.

    What was the final score? Did the Packers make it to 50 points scored? Did the Vikings even manage to get 10 points?

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    1. PF4L November 1, 2020

      Welcome to the site….new guy.

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  6. Mick November 2, 2020

    Where is the fire? Where is the enthusiasm? Where is the toughness? Again we got slapped in the face, punched in the gut, and got totally humiliated by a team missing so many starters. This was a total shit show. Last week I mentioned ” hope the Pack don’t overlook the Vikes”. They did! This was a complete team meltdown. Our highly paid starters on defense were outplayed by Minnesotas’ 2nd and 3rd string players in the secondary and our offensive line was manhandled by 2nd stringers on the defensive line. This team lacks toughness from the top on down to the practice squad. Once this team falls behind they cannot find a way to finish the job. Poor tackling, blocking, dropping too many passes and not making -in game – adjustments is a reflection on every player and coach on this team. PETTINE has to go! The Vikings deserved to win this game.

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