The Green Bay Packers may not be playing this Sunday, but that doesn’t mean that nothing will be going on in the league. Here are three relevant things that Packers fans should be watching for:
1. The health of Adrian Peterson. “All Day” got off to a strong start in week 1 with 17 carries for 84 yards and two touchdowns after missing 4 games last year with a torn ACL and MCL.
There were many questions coming into the season about his health and his ability to contribute to the struggling Minnesota Vikings franchise. If Peterson can prove that he can constantly contribute this season, their matchup against the Packers will be that much more difficult.
Peterson and the Vikings take on the Indianapolis Colts sans Dwight Freeney. It won’t be the most difficult test, but we should be able to see if Peterson can play week-in week-out.
2. The Play of Matthew Stafford. Last year Stafford had a breakout season for the Detroit Lions passing for over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns against just 16 interceptions. Stafford looked to build on last year in week 1, but struggled against the Lions, throwing 3 interceptions before ultimately getting the win.
3. The New York Giants. The Giants have a secretly difficult home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday. Is the team that knocked out the Packers in the playoffs still a high quality team, or will they stumble through a Super Bowl hangover? The Packers play the Giants week 12. Keep your eye on this one.
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