Sunday was gearing up to be a primetime dandy with Kirk Cousins and the Vikings coming to a frigid Lambeau Field for Sunday Night Football. Covid had other plans as the league has been in a whirlwind of cases over recent weeks leaving the Vikings without their signal caller. Green Bay was desperate for revenge after suffering a Week 11 defeat in Minnesota. The game came down to a couple of dropped interceptions although Kirk Cousins was able to play sharp in between those errant attempts. With his absence Sunday night, Sean Mannion takes his place on the feeding grounds with the frozen tundra looking to consume another.
Green Bay opened as 7 point favorites with Cousins playing so unless LaFleur somehow has the team come out flat and sloppy there’s a slim to none chance the Vikings fulfill their fantasy. At 7-8 Minnesota is on the outs of the expanded playoffs and facing a Packers team that isn’t satisfied with just winning.
After the Christmas meeting with the Browns, Green Bay nearly gave away another late lead despite Baker Mayfield offering 4 Secret Santa’s to the defense. Winning ugly shouldn’t be punished although Green Bay going stagnant on offense late in games isn’t a recipe for playoff success. The defense has been aggressive and the mid season addition of Rasul Douglas has filled the void with Jaire Alexander’s absence.
The entire Packer offense
Minnesota ranks against offensive positions:
28th against QBs
23rd against RBs
32nd (Dead last) against WRs
10th against TEs
27th to KICKERS
9th against team defenses
Minnesota did force Matt Stafford into 3 odd interceptions last week and they’ll be certainly looking to carry the Vikings in addition to a healthy dose of the running game. With a fresh QB that has limited experience expect Minnesota to have their defense on the field often. Rodgers threw for 385 yards and 4 TDs in the week 11 tilt. This one is sure to have more time run off the clock and be less competitive in addition to the low temps. Minnesota’s defensive backs are going to be shivering either way.
Rodgers props: 262.5 yards and 2.5 TDs
Rodgers throws for 240 yards and 2 TDs
Davante props: 7.5 catches for 87.5 yards
Davante snags 6 catches for 75 yards and a TD
AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones
I would hate to be a chilly set of bones seeing quadzilla coming down the field. Good luck containing these two dynamos. Although the Vikings only allowed 64 yards rushing in the first matchup, the air yards from Rodgers took some of that opportunity away. The Vikings have surrendered at least 60 yards rushing in every game this season with 164 yards coming against the Rams last week.
Aaron Jones props: 56.5 yards rushing 18.5 yards receiving
Aaron rushes for 40 yards catches 4 passes for 35 yards 1 TD
AJ Dillon props: 50.5 yards rushing
Dillon smashes 65 yards 2 TDs
It’s fantasy championship week, so safe bet to start any Packer. The season is on the line for the Vikings while Green Bay looks to secure a title run with home field advantage. Sean Mannion is going to be in for a beating come Sunday night. Minnesota has one goal and that’s to run the ball and run the ball and then run it some more and it’s a plan that’s worked in the past. Not so fast. Mike Zimmer’s face is going to be miserable throughout and to all a goodnight.
Packers win 31-14
Go Pack Go!