Q & A with a Packers blogger: Vikings vs. Packers, Part 2

By sara.marsh


[picappgallerysingle id=”9991952″]In preparation for the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers Sunday Night Football game tonight, I did a little Q & A with Packers Chronicle – make sure to check out Packers Chronicle for their predictions on the primetime Vikings-Packers matchup.

Packers blogger Jr. Lombardi had great answers for my questions about tonight’s match-up and more:

Q) After losing tight end Jermichael Finley and running back Ryan Grant for the season, and with wide receiver Donald Driver in questionable condition due to a quadriceps injury, who is going to step up on the Packers offense?

A) With TE Finley and RB Grant, the offense has rushing and passing consistency losing close games. Without these powerful edge weapons, the Packers offense seems unable to make the crucial big downs to control tempo and win games. Fans blame the bad offensive line protection, bad play calls, failure to execute fundamental football, and generally the stoic bad leadership of head coach McCarthy.  Yet, the core offensive players are a solid group including WR Driver, WR Jennings, WR Jones, and WR Nelson. WR Driver will be ready to play Sunday.  The players who can step up to win this game include WR Driver and WR Jennings.  Yet, for the Packers to win, WR Jones and WR Nelson need to also have good game to get this offensive machine going again.

Q) The Packers defense is a revolving door these days with all their injuries. Will the possible return of cornerback Al Harris and safety Atari Bigby be enough to offset those injuries? Do you think they’ll play on Sunday night?

A) Actually, a lot of veteran defensive players are back as reinforcements to play Sunday.  Stout defensive end Pickett, pass rusher OLB Matthews, versatile LB Chillar, and rookie CB Shields are healthy enough to go full strength in the Vikings game.  Meanwhile, CB Harris (probable) and strong safety Bigby (questionable) are probably ready to contribute in the game. 

Q) Who do you feel is the most underrated Packers player? How about the Vikings?

A) For Packers, fans would probably choose left guard Josh Sitton.  In his third year, Sitton has become a solid cornerstone on the right side of the offensive line.  He probably is future all-pro right guard player in the NFL. 

For the Vikings, fans would probably choose WR Percy Harvin.  After only twenty-three games in the NFL, he is already a great kick returner, the team’s leading receiver, and a big player for third downs as pass receiver or running back.  He is truly a versatile offensive weapon and growing contributor to the Vikings offense.

Q) Who do you think is the most overrated Packers player? Vikings player?

A) For the Packers, fans would probably choose QB Rodgers.  Rodgers was picked to be a MVP candidate. Instead, he is ranked 14th in the NFL. He has failed to win three close game especially two games in overtime. As a starter, QB Rodgers is 0-5 in overtime games and 1-11 in games decided by 4 points or less. This year, they simply had sloppy games failing to execute good play calls and convert big third downs losing three close games. 

For the Vikings, disgruntled fans would probably choose defensive end Allen who has started slowly having only one sack. Yet, he is still an all-pro who still creates havoc for the opposing teams.  He is a great player needing to step up for the Vikings to win games. 

Q) Will Packer fans be able to handle Brett Favre and the Super Freak at the same time? Who will get the worst reception from Packer fans at Lambeau–Favre or Moss?

A) You get bet that the fans will focus the early boos on legendary ex-Packers QB Favre, even if this is maybe his last time at Lambeau field. Yet, fans should not boo too much on Favre, considering the previous departure history of Lambeau, Lombardi.  The truth is that the messy divorce between Favre and the Packers management is not unique having historical parallels in Packers history. The historical evidence about similar messy divorces go back to two big Packers legends: Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi.

Q) Who is going to win on Sunday night?

A) With a reinforced Packers defense and a renewed offensive machine in a big emotional home game at Lambeau field, the Packers will win a close game against Favre and the Vikings, 26-24. 

There you have it, folks. I do disagree with that last answer, however – I think that the Vikings win tonight at Lambeau Field.

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