If you haven’t been watching any football this year and if I were to ask you which team is on the five game winning streak, the Packers or Vikings? The Packers is of course the wrong answer, as the Vikings have been on a roll, winning five in a row on route to a 7-2 record in the NFC North. The run they’ve been on has thrust them atop the standings and put the Packers in the hot seat. It has been a long time since the Packers have really been tested from a divisional foe. The Vikings look like they’re up to the task of being the team to knock the Packers off their thrown in the NFC North. One superstar is performing and another hasn’t been. Adrian Peterson is back in fine form, as he has led the Vikings to this spot. With the steady arm of sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings at 6-3 is no fluke. In the NFL that can quickly diminish, so the Vikes have to keep going and not be intimidated by the Packers on Sunday. The one superstar who hasn’t been getting it done is Aaron Rodgers. That much can be said.
Rodgers has revealed this week that he has been dealing with an injury to his shoulder. But this is Aaron Rodgers, he has dealt with nagging injuries his entire career and played quite well. I have seen him limping on the field tossing touchdowns. I am not aware of the severity of his injury, but there might be something else going on with the Green Bay offense. Say, maybe they are missing Jordy Nelson? Outside of Randall Cobb, who is a threat in the passing game? Devante Adams hasn’t impressed me in the least. If he continues to struggle and into next year, the bust label will be brought up. Rodgers needs somebody to step up, but his options have been limited.
The Vikings have just let Adrian Peterson run loose and that pretty well sums up their season. Peterson shook some rust off early in the season, but since has been unstoppable. He has ran for 961 yards already, along with 5 touchdowns. Bridgewater is also starting to come into his own, playing good smart football for the Vikings. This game against the Packers is going to be the ultimate test. Perhaps a shifting of the powers in the NFC North? Rodgers is dealing with the shoulder, but is listed as probable for today. He needs a win today to bring some Packers’ fans back from the ledge.
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The Packers’ offense is 21st in the NFL. 21st you say? Yes! That is not a typo, the Packers are 21st in total offense. Passing the football provides some startling numbers as well. The Packers are 22nd in the league in offense. That isn’t what you come to expect out of Green Bay. But hold on though, Rodgers has thrown for 2,270 yards with 21 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. So, for all of the blame that is going around on Rodgers, he hasn’t been as bad as advertised. It’s just he hasn’t been nearly as dominant and that’s what people are seeing with him. They are used to 5 touchdowns every game, dicing defenses up with ease. The conclusion about Rodgers is that he hasn’t been hurting his team, like many people have seen it as. The Packers are still averaging 24.3 points per game. The sky isn’t falling, yet.
The Minnesota offense has averaged 25.5 points in their last four games. After a slow start to their season, the offense has been playing well behind Adrian Peterson gashing opposing defenses. Bridgewater is the ultimate game manager. There is nothing wrong with that designation in my opinion. When you have Peterson in your backfield, any quarterback would turn into a game manager. The Vikings have a pretty solid defense, as they are 9th in the NFL. However, there is something telling me that the Packers’ offense gets it together this week. I remember when Rodgers told Packers’ fans to be patient last season before the Lions game. He went off and the Packers rolled from there. I don’t think the Packers are going to roll after this game, but I think the offense looks adequate. I can’t ignore a total of 44 featuring a Packers game. AP will get his and this one comes down to a 3 point game in the neighborhood of 26-23.
PICK: OVER 44 POINTS (-110)