Packers head to TCF Stadium, Sunday to play Vikings
It's round two between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings.
Earlier this season at Lambeau Field, the Packers routed the Vikings, 42-10, and forced Christian Ponder to throw two interceptions while Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdowns.
It was on a short week where Teddy Bridgewater was coming off an injury. Bridgewater is now healthy and he will be going up against Rodgers and the Packers.
The Vikings are 4-6 and the Packers are 7-3 and tied for the lead in the NFC North. Minnesota is hoping to be a spoiler, while Green Bay is hoping to continue to win and get into the playoffs.
Rodgers and the Packers are playing great football right now. From offense to defense to special teams. Last week against Philadelphia, Rodgers threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns. The defense picked off Mark Sanchez twice, (one for a touchdown) and returned a fumble for another touchdown. On special teams, Micah Hyde returned a punt for a touchdown.
Green Bay is averaging 33.0 points per game, while Minnesota is averaging 18.1 points per game. The Packers give up 22.5 points per game, and the Vikings give up 22 points per game. Green Bay is 5-0 at home, but 2-3 on the road. However, in the NFC North, the Packers are 3-1. Minnesota is 2-2 at home, this year at TCF Bank Stadium.
Minnesota has had to deal with looming Adrian Peterson news all year. This week, the Vikings found out the NFL was suspending him for the rest of the season. Their running backs haven't been all bad. Rookie Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata have ran for 763 yards. Asiata has ran for six touchdowns.
Bridgewater has had an up and down rookie season, throwing for 1,479 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Green Bay, meanwhile, have an explosive offense that has been especially hot the last two weeks. Rodgers and the Packers have scored 50 points in the last two games for the first time in franchise history. Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, Eddie Lacy and Andrew Quarless have formed a dynamic offense in Green Bay. One thing Rodgers and the Packers will have to watch for is a much improved defense in Minnesota, especially on the defensive line with Brian Robison leading the charge.
Vikings: Matt Asiata, Shariff Floyd, and Greg Jennings did not practice, Thursday. Anthony Barr, Mike Harris, Jerick McKinnon and Jarius Wright were limited practice participants yesterday. Scott Crichton, Everson Griffen, Xavier Rhodes and Kyle Rudolph all were full practice participants, Thursday.
Packers: Brandon Bostick, Jarrett Bush and Nick Perry haven't practiced all week. Jayrone Elliot, Clay Matthews, T.J. Lang, and Josh Sitton were limited practice participants on Wednesday and Thursday.
**The Packers play at Minnesota, Sunday at noon on Fox. The game can also be heard right here on ESPN 99.1.
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