Packers at Vikings
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The Metrodome will be rocking, at least to start. It's going to sound a lot like 2009 there. For many reasons (proximity being a big one) there are usually a lot of Packer fans at the game, we'll have to see how many are able to secure tickets this year.
The Vikings, at 9 and 6 must defeat the Packers to make the playoffs. If they do, the mostly likely scenario is that they'll play again in the Wild Card round at Lambeau. With a loss to the Vikings, the Packers would need both the 49ers and Seahawks to lose in order to retain the bye. Since that's not happening, a win would be a good idea.
Aaron Nagler pointed out on twitter that Rodgers got 4 free plays vs the Vikings via hard count four weeks ago. He'll have one less weapon at his disposal in the Metrodome. There were also 6 offensive line penalties a month ago; 5 holding calls and a false start on EDS.
Adrian Peterson is at 1,898 yards on 314 carries for the season. He'll need 208 yards to break Dickerson's record. It seems more likely that he can get at least 109 yards, which would move him past Chris Johnson into the top 5. Another couple yards and he moves past Terrell Davis (I also just noticed that Dickerson is on that list 3 times).
Kyle Rudolph has 9 TDs, trailing only Gronkowski amongst the tight ends.
C.J. Wilson had full participation today after yesterdays padded practice which is great news. With Jerel Worthy also back the DL has enough bodies to rotate again.
Everson Griffen got a lot of work last week when Brian Robison didn't play. Even if Robison can go (and that seems likely), the Packers will likely see a lot of Griffen.
Antoine Winfield, the old man of the Viking DB crew broke a bone in his hand last week but is expected to play (officially he hasn't practiced and is questionable) with a club of some sort. Both Rodgers and McCarthy had nothing but kind words this week for Winfield. Chris Cook has finally returned to the field for the Vikings but in the past both Nelson and Jennings have had their way with him. He had a pretty nice season going before breaking his arm in week 8. That's one of the big match ups to watch this week.
Sitton had a concussion against the Titans and is still working his way through the protocol. He was up to full participation on Friday and looks likely to play.
Nelson is back, hopefully for good. I'm not getting excited this time, we've been here a couple times already.
Cobb is questionable, although he did participate in drill work today.
At this point, Woodson and Starks are the only players I still have in red (outside the IR guys) on my roster diagram.
Last week of the regular season... and we still have playoff implications. Enjoy the game!
I love Ray, and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time. -- Joe Flacco