Packers Periscope: Week 8 vs Minnesota Vikings

A win against the Vikings advances the Packers to 6-1 on the season. 

The Green Bay Packers have yet another chance to sweep the regular-season series against the Minnesota Vikings. A loss for Minnesota puts them at 1-6 and all but ends any hope of making the playoffs. A win for Green Bay moves them to 6-1 and keeps them in the driver seat for the number one seed in the NFC. A lot is riding on this week’s matchup for both teams.

The Vikings have had a chance to attempt to hit the reset button coming off a bye week. But under Mike Zimmer, they are 2-4 after bye weeks during the regular season. Sunday will mark the first time Zimmer is going to face the Packers out of a bye.

In games that Aaron Rodgers has started, including playoffs, Green Bay is 15-8-1 against Minnesota. We all remember their last meeting in week one. Rodgers led the way with 364 yards through the air and four touchdowns. Both are marks he has yet to top in 2020. Davante Adams was responsible for 156 of those yards and two of the touchdowns.

Rodgers and Adams are probably even giddier heading into the second matchup. The Vikings are not the same team mentally and are hurting at corner. On Wednesday, their rookie Cameron Dantzler was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. To make matters worse, corners Mike Hughes and Holton Hill were held out of practice with injuries and have been officially ruled out.

Meanwhile, Green Bay is healthier than they’ve been in weeks. David Bakhtiari, Allen Lazard, Tyler Ervin, and Christian Kirksey all returned to practice this week. However, the team appears to be remaining cautious with running back Aaron Jones. Kicker Mason Crosby was listed on the injury report for the first time all season.

In their first meeting, the Packers ran the ball 32 times for over 150 yards. However, seeing that it Jones is out this week, it will be up to Jamaal Williams, AJ Dillon, and possibly Ervin to pick up the slack.

The defense mostly held true to their bend but don’t break slogan in week one but ended up surrendering 34 points. That shouldn’t be the case on Sunday against a struggling Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook, who is expected to return after missing their last game against the Atlanta Falcons.

Cousins is tied for the league lead in interceptions with 10 and just threw three to the Falcons’ defense. The Packers have only intercepted two passes in 2020 and one was against Cousins. Right now, Mike Pettine’s defense needs as many confidence boost as it can get.

At the end of the day, it would be savoring to essentially end Minnesota’s season and send them into a rebuild. However, this isn’t a team that Green Bay can look past. Yes, their defense is hobbled, but the offense still has the talent to do some damage.

The Packers should like their odds in a shootout, but the defense should never let it get to that point.

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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SwedeBayPacker's picture

October 31, 2020 at 04:47 am

We're 6 - 1 come Monday, I guarantee it.

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jlc1's picture

October 30, 2020 at 03:56 pm

Which must mean on Tuesday the Bears will be 5-4!

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Philarod's picture

October 30, 2020 at 11:34 pm

Is there a doubleheader?

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SwedeBayPacker's picture

November 02, 2020 at 01:49 pm

Welp, I guess my guarantee we'd win wasn't worth much. Thanks Pettine, you made me look like an asshole.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

October 30, 2020 at 05:50 pm

This article fails to mention that Hunter is out on IR qnd the Vikings just traded away the only pass rush threat they had.

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dobber's picture

October 30, 2020 at 09:31 pm

...and that the winds are forecast to be 25+ mph. That's an equalizer for a team with no CBs.

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Lphill's picture

October 30, 2020 at 06:01 pm

This is a game the Packers should win but can't look past it to the niners, the Vikings still have some players on offense to respect so lets be prepared.

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Tundraboy's picture

October 30, 2020 at 10:54 pm

Yes and I worry that Pettine will help Cousins and the Vikes have some bounce back moments.

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Pack88's picture

October 30, 2020 at 06:17 pm

Like all Packer fans I am hoping for a boat parade here and GB up by 30 at the half. The extremely windy conditions may be an x factor here and with 33 watching from the stands have to hope 28 and 30 are up to the task. while they may be missing their pass rusher's DBak is likely not playing so have to hope GB can control the game Lombardi style with a couple of hundred rush yards. Also hope Lizard is back a big body receiver in a cold windy day could be big NO DROPS

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canadapacker's picture

October 30, 2020 at 09:51 pm

I am always fearful about this game here against this team. We will need to score a lot of points as I am sure that Theilan and the boys will score against us. Especially if Cook is in and that Mattison kid is not bad either. I just hope that we dont sit out too many guys as preventative. Dont mind Bak being out but we need to get Ervin and that jet sweep going so that we can stretch their D. Remember that MVS and Lazard had a couple of real nice long catches and Jones had 66 yards. I just hope that AR is as on target this game as he was the last time - he was a tad off against Houston - we can eat this team up if he makes his throws pinpoint especially to Tonyon and Stearnberger - predicting a big game out of those guys

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blacke00's picture

October 31, 2020 at 07:54 am

Unfortunately, the Pack has to prepare for SF because of the short week.

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PatrickGB's picture

October 31, 2020 at 12:02 pm

That’s up to the coaches. The Niners May be gassed after playing the Seahawks.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

October 31, 2020 at 08:23 pm

Weather for Sunday in Green Bay: Hi temp is 36 with winds 25 with gusts over 40mph. That will essentially eliminate a passing threat by MN and the Packers can load the box for their running game.

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