The Green Bay Packers travel to the Mall Of America Field (Metrodome) to take on their divisional foe, the Minnesota Vikings, this Sunday. It is the Packers’ second divisional game of the season, but will be their first road test against a NFC North opponent. Luckily for the Packers, they have a history of recent success in Minnesota that they can hang their hats on.
The Packers have won two of their last three games in Minnesota and have averaged 31 points per game in those victories. The most recent game was won by the Vikings in a game they needed to have. With their playoff hopes on the line and Adrian Peterson trying to break the all-time rushing yard record, the Vikings played their best ball and squeaked out a 37-34 victory.
Aside from the last meeting, the Packers have dominated the Vikings in their dome. With no weather conditions and a fast paced offense, fans of the Packers should expect them to keep their foot on the gas and continue to roll against a Vikings team that looked like one of the NFL worst’s last night against the New York Giants.
The offense for the Packers has looked great all season long, and they can look to attack a Vikings defense that has struggled this season. To go along with the offense, the defense will have its ears pinned back and will look to stop Peterson while making Josh Freeman (making his second start for the team) try to beat them through the air.
If history can repeat itself, the Packers should have a good chance in this game. I expect to see an overall great team performance and the Packers staying put in first place in the NFC North.