It’s Packers week and fans of the Purple relish opportunity for the Minnesota Vikings to defeat the Green Bay Packers. Will it happen this week? Can Mike Zimmer win the chess match against Matt LeFleur and Aaron Rodgers? Can Klint Kubiak with help out call Joe Barry and his defense? This game promises to be one of the best this season and we all know what it means to us, and that obnoxious fellow employee at work. Can the Vikings grab the victory and silence them all week? They have the talent, so let’s hope so.
Dave and Darren who both started blogging on the Purple decades ago will go over a way to possibly see how this game will go and if the Vikings can win, so get ready for the Climbing The Pocket and Daily Norseman pregame show!
- The Joe Barry effect & TTFW’s defense
- TTFW defense is a big reason Green Bay is 8-2.
- Haven’t given up more than 22 points in the last seven games - despite no Zadarius Smith, no Jaire Alexander, Whitney Mercilus is done for the season. Kenny Clark might not play Sunday and they keep rolling along. Who are these guys?
- Coming off a shutout.
- Barry is doing a great job with this defense.
- Generating a lot of turnovers - stuffing the run the last three games.
- A stiff test for a Vikings offense that has struggled offensively at home this year.
- A.J. Dillon - X Factor
- Dillon will be the #1 RB for TTFW this game.
- Aaron Jones is out. Good for the Vikings because he usually kills us.
- But Dillon is a load - six feet and 250. Breaks a lot of tackles and the Vikings defense doesn’t tackle well.
- TTFW offense hasn’t been super explosive this year but if Vikes can’t contain Dillon, it’s going to make things easy for Aaron Rodgers, Davante Adams, and the rest of that offense.
- Vikings defenders need to rally to the ball and get three, four, and maybe more guys on Dillon to take him down.
- Dalvin Tomlinson, Armon Watts, James Lynch, Sheldon Richardson will need to bring their A-game in the interior.
- Kirk Cousins - Will he be Checkdown King or Mr. Aggressive?
- The Vikings and Cousins have been very careful with the ball when throwing it this season.
- Only two interceptions but not very aggressive in the throws made. Lots of short stuff. Low risk, low reward.
- Cousins was a bit more aggressive against Los Angeles Chargers and converted on some of the third and longs by making some riskier throws instead of settling for shorter, safer throws that wouldn’t get first downs.
- But will he take chances again against a TTFW offense that has created 17 turnovers this season?
Targeting Jefferson early and often worked against LA. It will need to work again Sunday.
The Vikings offense has played poorly at home other than the Seattle Seahawks game.
Cousins needs to have a big game and show some big balls for the Vikes to win this one.
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