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Green Bay Packers At Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

"Even if we're only 1-5, I'd much rather be with you than against you."
"Even if we're only 1-5, I'd much rather be with you than against you."
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports


Date: 27 October 2013
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 7:30 PM Central Stadium: HHH Metrodome
TV: NBC Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 226
Sirius Ch 93
TV Announcers: Al Michaels
Cris Collinsworth
Faith Hill
Know Thy Foe: Acme Packing Company
Line: Green Bay -7.5, O/U 48 (thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Packers 31, Vikings 21
Final Score:

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I'll level with you here, folks. I hate predicting Vikings losses. I hate predicting one-sided Vikings losses. So, you can just about imagine how I feel predicting a one-sided Vikings loss to the Green Bay Packers. But, at this point in the season, I'm just not feeling it with this team. A season that started with a whole lot of promise is slowly circling the bowl, and it looks like we're on a slow boat to Top-of-the-Draftville.

So, what can the Vikings do to potentially prevent this?

1) Get Christian Ponder to pull the stick out of his. . .er, posterior - We thought that #7 might have already had his last chance as quarterback of the Vikings. But, thanks to the current situation being what it is, now he's really, really getting his last chance. In his first start against Green Bay as a rookie, Ponder looked like a guy that wasn't afraid to sling the football around. He needs to recapture that and play a whole lot looser than he has to this point in his Vikings career.

2) Get Adrian Peterson going - In the last two games, Adrian Peterson has carried the football 23 times while Minnesota quarterbacks have attempted 97 passes. This. . .this is not how the Minnesota Vikings win football games. Peterson has had more success against the Packers than he has against any other team in his NFL career, and if the Vikings want to open things up a bit, they're going to have to get #28 going early and often. If they can do that, things should open up for Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson and company.

3) Get to Aaron Rodgers - As usual, the Packers are dealing with a ton of injuries. . .no Randall Cobb, no Jermichael Finley, no James Jones. . .and as long as they have that guy wearing #12 behind center, they just keep on rolling. If there was ever a game where Jared Allen, Brian Robison and company need to get off the schneid, it's tonight. With Minnesota's problems in the secondary, they can't be expected to hang in coverage for long periods of time, and the way to stop that is to put Rodgers on the turf. A lot.

We're about an hour and fifteen minutes away from kickoff, folks. This team has the spotlight tonight. . .let's hope it goes a whole lot better than it did for them this past Monday.