This Sunday night NFL fans will be treated to witness the second homecoming for Brett Favre to Green Bay, in what will be an absolutely tantalizing three hours of football. The Master faces the Pupil once again, after Brett Favre swept Aaron Rodgers a year ago. Favre goes back to Green Bay for the first time since the sexting allegations surfaced, with his image in tatters and his offense still limping along. Come on, who won’t be watching? Between the Favre drama and the fact both of these Super Bowl hopefuls badly need a W, you have the makings for a classic. The (2-3) Minnesota Vikings will travel into Wisconsin looking to get to .500 on the season against the (3-3) Green Bay Packers, kickoff slated for 8:20 PM EST.
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The Minnesota Vikings have reeled off two consecutive wins and all signs point to this team turning things around after their dismal start to the season. Brett Favre excels to another gear whenever he plays his old team, he scorched the Packers in both meetings last season. Outfoxing, outflanking and showing up his old team at every turn, Brett Favre turned back the clock and the Packers, 30-23, as Minnesota won a border battle with emotions unlike any other game played at the Metrodome. Just before his 40th birthday, Favre shredded the Packer zone defense for 271 yards and a passer rating of 135.3. He was afforded extraordinary protection by an offensive line that squashed the Packers’ attempts to disrupt him. Not only was Favre not sacked, he was barely touched. His successor in Green Bay, Aaron Rodgers, had a rough night. He was under siege and sacked eight times, but several were the result of his indecisiveness in the pocket. A hot fourth quarter sent his passer rating shooting upward to 110.6. RB Adrian Peterson has scored a rushing touchdown in four straight games against the Packers, while WR Randy Moss has a touchdown catch in six consecutive outings vs. Green Bay. Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson is second in the league in rushing yards (687), averages 5.0 yards per attempt and has eight TDs. Vikings coach Brad Childress has given Peterson 20-plus carries just three times, though, and should be giving his best player more opportunities.
The Packers are learning the hard truths about trying to compete with an absent running attack. The Pack aren’t really concerned with Favre’s return to Lambeau Field and all the other hoopla surrounding the Vikings, as they have their own problems to worry about. Once a trendy preseason Super Bowl pick, the Packers try to avoid losing a third straight game Sunday night when they host Favre and Minnesota. The Packers faithful is also likely looking forward to booing Randy Moss, playing his first game at Lambeau Field since he pretended to moon the crowd after scoring a touchdown in a wild-card victory Jan. 9, 2005. To prevent Moss from going deep, Green Bay – tied for second in the NFL with 21 sacks – will focus on pressuring Favre. When defenses have knocked down Favre with regularity, the 41-year-old has looked every bit his age this season. The injury-riddled Packers will try to right their ship after back-to-back overtime losses. Green Bay needs more from its defense because the offense is struggling. With the loss of Ryan Grant, and now JerMichael Finley, two important weapons have been taken away from Aaron Rodgers. He is also feeling a lot of heat on the rush and his completion percentage is way down as a result. Sure he is piling up yards but drives are stalling after a couple of first downs instead of being completed for TDs. Minnesota has won the last three overall and that can’t sit well with the Packers or their fans. Maybe the 12th man can help will the team to a much needed victory.
Vikings vs Packers Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Minnesota Vikings +2.5
@ Green Bay Packers -2.5
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Vikings vs Packers Prediction for Week 7:
Game Total (TOP PLAY) – The Vikings now have had two weeks with WR Randy Moss in the loop and three weeks dating back to their bye week to solve their offensive miscues. The Packers now how to score with the best of them and after two previous weeks of dismal offense performance I look for this offense to get back on track. The Vikings are averaging 301.8 yards per game (177.6 yards passing, 124.2 yards rushing), while the Packers are averaging 345.2 yards per game (243.3 passing, 101.8 rushing). These teams now how to put up points against one another, the total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 6 games when playing Green Bay. We will consider the OVER in what should be another Favre classic.
Spread Prediction – Forget about Favre. The player to watch on the Vikings’ offense is running back Adrian Peterson, who could have a big game against the Packers’ spotty run defense. It’s been somewhat overlooked in all the talk about Favre and Randy Moss, but Peterson is on pace to gain a career-high 1,770 yards this season. He’s the most important player on the Vikings’ offense and he should be able to keep his team in this game. The Packers are in deep trouble of falling out of favor in the NFC ranks. They are having issues on offense, most predominately with their rushing attack. They have not been able to replace RB Ryan Grant as of yet. Green Bay is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing at home against Minnesota and are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 outings. These teams are both scuffling but on primetime and at Green Bay it is hard not to back Favre and the Vikings. If Rodgers was feeling great it might have been a different story but the Vikes should win a close ball game. I recommend taking a look at the Vikings in this primetime match up of struggling NFC North hopefuls. Cheers!
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