Green Bay enters week 8 first in the NFC North at 5-1. They will aim to sweep the Minnesota Vikings for a second consecutive year, after a dominant Week 1 performance in Minneapolis. With game 2 at Lambeau, open to the elements, Sunday’s tilt looks to feature gusty winds and below freezing temperatures. It’s a damn shame there isn’t tailgating yet, as football weather is in full swing.
It’s hard to imagine frigid temperatures favoring indoor house cats like Minnesota. The Vikings could be welcoming back star RB Dalvin Cook although he is listed as questionable. The smarter move would be to have Dalvin Cook wait a week for a return to action as the injuries to the Vikings secondary are likely to cripple their chances in this game. With a cast of misfits trying to cover the Packers pass catchers, the Vikings best hopes will be forcing Rodgers to throw into the wind.
As we have seen, Rodgers has no problem finding Davante Adams underneath, over the top, or on the outside so I can’t imagine weather interrupts that connection. Even MVS was able to “feast” week 1 for his only touchdown of the year on a week where he tied his season high catch mark of four. In addition to those jaw dropping stats, he was able to accomplish his highest yard total of 96 yards.
**Please send Will Fuller.**
Aaron Rodgers/Davante Adams
QB1 threw for 364 yards and 4 TDs in the first meeting with Davante receiving 14 completions on 17 targets. Adams went for 156 yards and 2 TDs himself. After last week’s performance it appears that he’s fully healed and back to demolish the Vikings once again. Minnesota ranks 25th in points allowed to QBs and ranks 31st to WRs. Rodgers has an opportunity to spread the ball around to Malik Taylor, MVS, Tonyan in addition to his safety blanket.
Rodgers throws for 340 yards 4 TDs
Adams hauls in 12 for 130 yards and 2 TDs
Minnesota’s defense ranks middle of the pack against RBs with 18.9 ppg allowed. Most categories like yards per carry, rushing yards, touchdowns and even receptions rank them middle of the field although they’ve yet to allow a receiving TD catch by a RB. With Jamaal having full workload, it’s a likely scenario he puts up serviceable numbers as the defense will be holding onto their pants to avoid Rodgers from dicing them up.
Jamaal Williams scampers for 55 yards rushing with a touchdown and hauls in another 30 yards through the air.
Bobby Touchdowns gimped around last week and still made necessary catches to keep the chains moving. If he’s back to full speed, he seems to be the benefactor of the additional targets in this offense. Allen Lazard was successful in Week 1 and expect Tonyan to produce similar output to that performance which was 4-63-1TD. Minnesota is allowing over 12 yards per throw to TEs, good for dead last in the league. They’ve only seen 24 receptions by a TE although they’re coming at a catch rate of 80%. If you can find the TE open it’s fruitful and I anticipate the Vikings coverage to be in disarray.
6 catches 75 yards and 1 TD
With Adams 2 TDs and Bobby’s 1 that leaves a wildcard TD for a MVS deep shot.
MVS 3 catches 65 yards and 1 TD
Still have hopes just praying it all comes together one day for the kid
If Green Bay can get out to a quick start, and catch the ball consistently, they’ll run away with this game. Minnesota’s only hope is Dalvin Cook diving through the center of the defense like so many RBs have done lately. Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen have breakout potential but whoever gets shadowed by the lockdown Jaire Alexander will be limited if even existent at all. Hard to see Kirk Cousins performing well, but any given Sunday, especially with the Vikings coming off a bye. I wouldn’t place any faith in that Minnesota defense, either.
The Packers will crush the Vikings 35-21, and Mike Zimmer may as well ask Mike McCarthy for a job for the rest of the season.
As always, Go Pack Go!