What looked like a winnable game even before the injury reports came out has become one that is decidedly in the Vikings favor.
Against the Green Bay Packers.
At Lambeau Field.
On the heels of Green Bay shutting down Aaron Rodgers for the remainder of 2017 comes the news that the team’s leading receiver will not play Saturday, either:
McCarthy: Davante Adams will be out for Saturday's game. #MINvsGB— Green Bay Packers (@packers) December 21, 2017
After the vicious hit he took against the Carolina Panthers, it seemed like a long shot that Davante Adams would play, and now it’s confirmed. Adams has been the only consistent performer on their offense all season, with 74 catches, 885 yards, and 10 TD’s, which are far and away the most on an offense that has struggled mightily without Aaron Rodgers since he lost a Barrfight in Minneapolis back in October. In their first meeting in that game, Adams had 55 yards receiving and the team’s only touchdown.
For the Vikings, favorable matchups for their defense just got even better. If the Vikings even decide to spy Xavier Rhodes now, it will more than likely be on Randall Cobb, their second leading receiver with 58 catches for 586 yards and three TD’s. That’s a matchup that really favors the Vikings here, as does Trae Waynes on Jordy Nelson, who is having his worst season since he cracked the starting lineup for Green Bay in 2010 (50/471/6).
They could also put Rhodes on Nelson, who really hurt the Vikings at Lambeau last year in the game that sparked the ‘we did what we wanted’ defensive backfield controversy.
My guess, and it’s only a guess, is that they’ll put Rhodes on Cobb, though, because the Vikings usually spy him against the best receiver their opponent has to offer, and after Adams that appears to be Cobb. And if that’s the case, I really like Waynes on Nelson. Waynes has improved substantially since week one, and when you add in the ever improving Mac Alexander and the ageless Terence Newman, and this is shaping up to be one of Minnesota’s most favorable matchups of the season.
The Packers have a bad backup quarterback starting, a banged up offensive line, no running game, and their top wide receiver out, with a shaky defense that pairs up on the other side of the ball.
The Vikings have every opportunity to turn this into a statement game on Saturday night, and send word to the NFC North, the NFC, and they’re coming, and Hell’s coming with them.
Skol Vikings. Beat That Team From Wisconsin.