2021-11-21
Green Bay Packers
Minnesota Vikings
League : NFL

Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers Prediction & Preview



 

 

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The Green Bay Packers head out to US Bank Stadium for a road matchup with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon. The Packers (8-2) are riding high after a 17-0 home victory against the Seattle Seahawks last weekend. The Vikings (4-5) came away with a crucial 27-20 road win against the Chargers as 3.5 point underdogs. Green Bay opens up this divisional showdown as 2.5 point road favorites.

 

Packers Defense Blanks Seahawks

The Packers used a relentless rushing attack and strong defensive effort to propel them to a 17-0 win over the Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. A week after his positive test caused him to sit out a 13-7 loss at Kansas City, Rodgers went 23 of 37 for 292 yards and threw an interception in the end zone in the third quarter as the Packers won for the eighth time in their last nine games. Rodgers didn't practice all week and was cleared to play Saturday under the NFL's protocols for unvaccinated players.

 

 

Green Bay's 3-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter matched the second-lowest score through three-quarters of an NFL game since 2008. The Packers D stepped up in a big way, limiting Russel Wilson to just 161 passing yards. With 2020 Pro Bowl running back Aaron Jones sidelined by a knee injury in the second half, AJ Dillon carried the Packers' rushing attack down the stretch to put the game out of reach. Jones is not expected to suit up on Sunday, so expect to see another steady dose of the bruising back.

 

Vikings Pick Up Big Road Win

The Vikings bounced back from two straight close losses to come away with a critical 27-20 road win against the Chargers last weekend. The Vikings, whose five losses this season have been by a combined 18 points, came into the game with five players on the COVID-19 list, including starting safety Harrison Smith and center Garrett Bradbury. They also were missing four other defensive starters because of injuries.

 

Kirk Cousins threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tyler Conklin and Dalvin Cook rushed for 94 yards and a score. The 24 carries by Cook was the second-most he has had this season. Justin Jefferson, who had only five catches in the past two games, tied a season-high with nine receptions for 143 yards. It was a valiant effort for the Vikings, who desperately needed the game to stay in the playoff picture. They have a tough test facing Rodgers and the Packers.







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