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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 3 January 2016
Location: Green Bay, WI
Time: 7:25 PM Central Stadium: Lambeau Field
TV: NBC Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225
Sirius Ch 83
TV Announcers: Al Michaels
Cris Collinsworth
Know Thy Foe: Acme Packing Company
Weather: 24 degrees, wins from NW at 5-10 MPH, 0% chance of rain
Line: Green Bay -3, Over/Under 45.5 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 24, Packers 21
Final Score: Vikings 20, Packers 13

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Don't really need much of an introduction here. It's the Minnesota Vikings. It's the Green Bay Packers. Winner gets the NFC North title, loser hits the road for the post-season. How much more hype do you need?

So, what do the Vikings need to do in order to emerge with their first division title since 2009 and the right to host the Seattle Seahawks at TCF Bank Stadium next Sunday?

1) Don't let the moment get too big - The Vikings' players have admitted that they may have been too "amped" the first time these two teams got together. They need to prevent that from happening this time, or else it's going to throw them off. They need to play the same game that they've played since the Arizona loss, and keep their emotions as even as they can. If they get too "amped" again, the Packers are going to be able to take advantage of it just like they did in the last match-up.

2) Eddie Lacy is the key - Yes, Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers and all that, but the biggest problem the Vikings faced last time these teams met was Lacy. Lacy is relatively useless against non-Vikings teams, but he seems to find his groove whenever these two teams get together. The Vikings did a really poor job of tackling against Lacy the last time these two teams played, and they can't allow that to be the case this time. If they can keep Lacy contained, they'll keep the Packers "behind schedule" on down and distance and can try to take advantage of an injury-plagued Green Bay offensive line.

3) Stay unpredictable - The Packers were able to slow Adrian Peterson in the first match-up between these two teams, and Norv Turner really left Teddy Bridgewater out to dry as a result. Over the past few games, the Vikings have gone to a short passing game that allows Bridgewater to get the ball out of his hands, and he's flourished as a result. Minnesota has also gotten some good results from Jerick McKinnon over the past few games, and he could play a big role in this one as well. As long as the Packers aren't able to tee off on any one aspect of the Vikings' offense, the Vikings should be able to move the ball in this one.

We're less than an hour away from the final game of the 2015 NFL regular season, folks. Let's hope that our favorite team can slay one more dragon this season and get themselves a division title.