Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is stopped by the Green Bay Packers defense during the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings at Packers: Odds, prediction and preview


The Minnesota Vikings will have to play the spoiler role this time around in their annual rivalry game with the Green Bay Packers. The two clubs squared-off twice last year in the regular seasons with both games having significant postseason implications.

The third time they played was against each other in the playoffs, but there’s a chance neither team makes it back there this year.

“This is an NFC North opponent, our rival. It’s a huge game for us, our most important game of the season, number one, because it’s the next game on our schedule, but also because of who the opponent is. It’s a chance for us to get a win in our division, so it would mean a lot to our team and our fans,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier told Packers media on Wednesday.

The Packers continue to anxiously await the return of their All-Pro quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. After he suffered a broken collarbone during the team’s Week 9 Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears, the team has lost three-straight games and went from leading the NFC North to being outside of the playoff picture looking in.

Sunday against the New York Giants, Scott Tolzien got his first NFL start in hopes of stopping the bleeding. He was unable to do so, as he finished 24/34 passing and threw three interceptions in Green Bay’s 27-13 loss to the Giants on Sunday.

But at 2-8, motivation can be a problem on a cold day late in the season for a team like the Vikings playing in hostile territory. Not to mention they’ve not won in Lambeau since Brett Favre was there quarterback, and no one’s mistaking Christian Ponder for the future hall of famer.

This will probably be a low-scoring defensive affair where both offenses rely on their running game to carry them to victory. Packers rookie running back Eddie Lacy has run with the same pushing brand of football as the great Adrian Peterson does, and watching those two look to grind out every yard on Sunday will be a battle to watch.






Tags: Aaron Rodgers Adrian Peterson Eddie Lacy Green Bay Packers Minnesota Vikings NFL Scott Tolzien

  • Daniel Laxen

    Odds, prediction and preview? I saw no odds? Perhaps you could have said something like…

    The Vikings travel to Lambeau for the 2nd of two meetings between division rivals. The Packers are favored by 4.5 points in the matchup of back up caliber QBs. The O/U is 44 points.

    The problem is these teams are challenged at the QB position and leads us to believe the score will be on the low side. That means this will not be a great match up for the viewers unless you enjoy hard nosed run 1st football. Then again neither defense is worth a crap!…

    The Packers weren’t all that good with #12 at the helm even though they held the division lead when Rodgers went out. The Packers had struggled in the red zone even when Aaron was under center…

    The Vikings on the other hand have been horrible all season. Their QB play has been wretched. While Adrian Peterson has been bottled up because the offensive guard play has been far less than stellar. To make up for their challenged offense the Vikings trot out perhaps the worst defense in the league?

    Fans of both teams are preparing for next year, as pre season hopes have been crushed by under achieving squads representing both cities…

    Packers make enough plays to win at home, but it isn’t pretty! 16-13 in a yawner! Maybe you should rake leaves instead?

    • Waldoe Dildoe

      Come rake my leaves while I watch packers rake the Vikings , this should be tolziens coming out party

      • Daniel Laxen

        Coming out party? Is Scott gay?…Yeah, Tolzien’s looked great so far!…Will he throw a TD pass this week? You better hope the Vikings don’t go up there and win!…You’ll never hear the end of it…Tolzien is probably better than Ponder? Then again you might be better than Ponder? That sucking sound you hear is the life being sucked out of the Packer’s fan base…That and the 2 QBs in this game…