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Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers: First Quarter Open Thread

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MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-3) WK 16 GREEN BAY PACKERS (7-7)

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Date: 23 December 2017
Location: Green Bay, WI
Time: 7:30 PM Central Stadium: Lambeau Field
TV: NBC
KARE-11
Radio: Vikings Radio Network
XM Ch 82
Sirius Ch 82
TV Announcers: Al Michaels
Cris Collinsworth
Know Thy Foe: Acme Packing Company
Weather: 12 degrees, winds from NW at 5-10 MPH, 10% chance of precipitation
Line: Minnesota -9, Over/Under 41 (Thanks to the SB Nation odds page)
Chris' Prediction: Vikings 31, Packers 17
Final Score: Vikings 16, Packers 0

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Tonight brings us the final (scheduled) road game of the 2017 NFL season for the Minnesota Vikings. They will attempt to complete a season sweep of the Green Bay Packers for the first time since 2009 and take another step towards clinching a first-round bye in this year's NFC playoffs.

So, what do the Vikings have to do in order to make that happen?

1) Don't get cocky, kid - Yes, the Vikings are the better football team in this matchup, and they thoroughly dominated the Packers when these two teams met in Minnesota back in Week 6. However, divisional matchups are always weird, and the Packers would certainly love nothing more than to attempt to screw up the Vikings' efforts to get a week off during the postseason. If the Vikings go out and play their game in this one, they should end up with a victory, but they can't just mail it in.

2) Run the football - With temperatures at Lambeau expected to be awfully chilly this evening, this one could come down to which team can run the football more efficiently. Thanks to the combo of Latavius Murray and Jerick McKinnon, the Vikings have continued to do an outstanding job on the ground despite the absence of Dalvin Cook. If the Vikings can continue to pound things out on the ground, there's a very good chance that the Packers won't be able to stop it.

3) Get after Brett Hundley - Now that the Packers aren't going to be "running the table," they've put Aaron Rodgers back on the bench in favor of Hundley. Hundley got his first significant NFL action against the Vikings in Week 6, and was pretty terrible. He's also been awful at home this season, as Eric pointed out in his preview for this one. If they can knock Hundley around a bit, the odds are pretty good that he and his teammates will look to fold up the tents early.

We're less than an hour away from our prime time kickoff, ladies and gentlemen. Be sure to keep your eye out for the new Open Thread at the start of each quarter, and let's enjoy tonight's contest.

SKOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL VIKINGS!!!!