Vikings vs. Packers NFL Week 17 Preview

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It all comes down the the last week of the season for the Minnesota Vikings as they face the rival Green Bay Packers Sunday from the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Line – Packers (-3.5)

With so much on the line, let’s take a look at the major storylines:

Win or Likely Stay Home for the Vikings

It doesn’t get much more simple, win and get in to the Playoffs. Minnesota controls it’s own destiny Sunday, and everything the team has strived for is on the line. No one thought a three-win team from a season ago would be in this position, no one except the Vikings.

Led by Leslie Frazier, Minnesota has quickly turned things around in 2012 and a win Sunday will completely validate all the hard work. In terms of just drawing up a script, you can’t really ask for a much better scenario. A division rival comes to town with the season hanging in the balance. It doesn’t get much bigger for a regular season contest.

Packers Can Earn First Round Bye

Green Bay would have been plenty motivated to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs even if that’s all they had to play for. The Packers however can significantly alter their playoff future with a win. A victory earns the team a much easier path back to the Super Bowl, and the satisfaction of leaving the purple and gold home yet again in January.

Adrian Peterson Tries to Break Single-Season Rushing Yards Record

This is definitely a side note when compared to what the team has on the table, but it’s a national storyline regardless. People who would normally not tune into such a game, will do so just to watch a potential record-breaking performance. AP has said that he would rather have his team win than break the record, and most all Vikings’ fans would agree.

Outlook

It’s truly a game that could go either way. Minnesota has the home-field advantage and the best player on the field, but Green Bay has one of the best quarterbacks in the game. If Aaron Rodgers is on his A-game, the Vikings could be in trouble. Minnesota will have to hope their defense continues its stellar play if they want to see the playoffs for the first time in three years.

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