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Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: First Quarter Open Thread

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Date: 15 October 2017
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Time: 12:00 PM Central Stadium: U.S. Bank Stadium
DirecTV Ch 709
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 82
Sirius Ch 82
TV Announcers: Thom Brennaman
Troy Aikman
Know Thy Foe: Acme Packing Company
Weather: Indoors
Line: Green Bay -3.5, Over/Under 46 (Thanks to the SB Nation odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 24, Packers 20
Final Score: Vikings 23, Packers 10

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is game day at U.S. Bank Stadium, as the Minnesota Vikings are set to face off against their NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Minnesota can get themselves into first place in the NFC North (or at least a tie for it) with a victory this afternoon at home.

So, how can the Vikings go about making that happen?

1) Attack the Green Bay secondary - Even without Stefon Diggs this afternoon, the Vikings should be able to find some chunks of yardage against a Packers' back seven that is pretty banged up. If the Vikings can keep Case Keenum upright in this one, there should be chances to take shots down the field and get some points on the board.

2) Hit Aaron Rodgers frequently - As great a quarterback as Rodgers is, he can't do anything if he's looking at the U.S. Bank Stadium roof. Players like Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter need to get their hands on Aaron Rodgers early and often to get the Green Bay offense off the field and give this team a chance to win.

3) No major mistakes - Against this Packers team, you can't afford to take stupid penalties and turn the ball over. In their three victories this season, the Vikings have zero turnovers, and that's the sort of performance that they need to put together today if they want to emerge victorious.

We're less than an hour away from kickoff in this one, ladies and gentlemen! We hope that you enjoy today's contest, and be sure to keep an eye out for a new thread at the start of each quarter.