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Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 18 September 2016
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 7:30 PM Central Stadium: U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
TV: KARE-11 (NBC) Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 225
Sirius Ch 81
TV Announcers: Al Michaels
Cris Collinsworth
Know Thy Foe: Acme Packing Company
Weather: Indoors, because the game is at U.S. BANK STADIUM~!
Line: Packers -3, Over/Under 42 (Thanks to the SB Nation Odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 23, Packers 20
Final Score: Vikings 17, Packers 14

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This evening marks the start of a new era for Minnesota Vikings football, as they are going to be opening up the NFL's best stadium in prime time. Yes, it's the first regular season game in the history of U.S. Bank Stadium, and the purple and gold will host the Green Bay Packers in an all-NFC North matchup. The winner of this one will move to 2-0 and to the top of the NFC North Division.

So, what are the keys for the Vikings to open up their new home with a victory?

1) Stop Eddie Lacy - For some reason, Lacy seems to be the key in the games between these two teams. When Lacy can get going early, it puts the Minnesota defense more off-balance and opens things up for the Green Bay offense. When the Vikings keep him contained, the Packers have a hard time moving the football. The Vikings' defense did a good job against the run last weekend in Tennessee, and they need to do the same thing this evening to help themselves out.

2) Contain Aaron Rodgers, too - Let's not get too crazy, though. . .Rodgers is still the key to the Green Bay offense overall. The Vikings need to keep Rodgers in the pocket and not let him freelance, because that's when he's at his most dangerous. Minnesota did a good job of this in the second meeting between these two teams last season. . .not so much the first time around. If the Vikings bring pressure on Rodgers, they need to keep him contained and get him on the ground. Hopefully that will happen frequently tonight.

3) Balance on offense - Sam Bradford is going to get his first start for the Vikings at quarterback tonight, and he was brought in to do the things that Shaun Hill can't. Bradford has played in an offense similar to Norv Turner's before, and had a couple of his best seasons in that system. If the Packers are going to try to load things up on the defensive front to keep Adrian Peterson contained, Bradford absolutely must show that he can take advantage of that. If he can do that, it's going to open things up considerably for the Vikings and throw the Packers' defense off its game.

We've been waiting for this one for a long, long time, folks. Here's hoping that we can all celebrate a winning debut for the Vikings in their new home a few hours from now. Keep an eye out for the new Open Threads at the start of each quarter.