Vikings @ Packers; Sat Jan 5th
Lately it seems nobody can tackle Adrian Peterson. The Packers certainly couldn’t stop him last week.
However, the fact remains that Green Bay will be the home team this game. Last time the Packers did not have their backs against the wall. This week it’s win or you’re done.
It might also be worth mentioning that Peterson has been battling rib injuries and comes off a short week after a hard game.
The other question, besides whether Peterson can reprise his great game from last week, is how Christian Ponder can perform in a clutch game before a hostile crowd.
The Packers’ offensive line is more a group of battlers than great talent. Offensive tackle Don Barclay had numerous problems last week. The Vikings will inevitably try to create even more pressure on him, and with Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, and the improving pass rusher Everson Griffen, the Vikings are quite capable of pressuring Aaron Rodgers, whose team lacks any great threat at running back.
Chances are the Packers will have to try to win with their superior passing game. Rodgers’ mobility is a great asset; so is having his receiving corps, led by Greg Jennings, back at full strength.
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