The Vikings are no longer in contention for the NFC North title after their loss to Detroit in Week 16, and are also no longer in control of their own destiny for a playoff spot, having fallen out of the NFC playoff picture with the loss. They now sit in the #8 spot in the NFC and trail both the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card chase.
Minnesota will go into this one without tight end T.J. Hockenson and, potentially, without wide receiver Jordan Addison. Both players suffered injuries in the Detroit game and while Hockenson definitely won’t be suiting up, Addison is week-to-week with an ankle issue. The Vikings will have star Justin Jefferson for this one, a luxury they did not have in the first matchup between these two teams.
Back in Week 8, the Vikings beat the Packers 24-10 in the game that saw Kirk Cousins tear his Achilles and put an end to what might have been his best season as a Viking. That set the Vikings on a roller coaster at the quarterback position, and it’s hard to tell what the best course of action would be for them to take at the position.
The Packers enter this one with the same 7-8 record as the Vikings, having escaped from Carolina with a 33-30 victory in Week 16. They currently trail the Vikings in the NFC playoff race, though that would obviously change based on Sunday night’s results.
Kickoff for this one is slated for 7:15 PM on New Year’s Eve, with coverage being provided by NBC stations around the country, including KARE-11 in the Twin Cities.