The Green Bay Packers will take on the Minnesota Vikings this weekend in Minnesota in a NFC North match-up. This will be the first match-up of the season between the two and it will be the first metting between former Packers receiver Greg Jennings and cornerback Sam Shields.
Jennings left the Packers in the offseason after the organization refused to give him a contract he wanted. Instead of just signing with the Vikings and going on his way, Jennings decided to run his mouth about the organization that won him a Super Bowl. He took shots at the organization and quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Jennings said of the Packers, “One of the things that drew me to coming over here was the makeup of the team. When I came over here, I was kind of brainwashed. There’s no ‘kind of’ to it. Being over in Green Bay, you’re brainwashed to think anyone in the division is tiers below.”
Well Greg, let’s take a look at something quickly.
First, the Packers have the most championships in NFL history. Eleven of their championships were NFL championships while they also have four Super Bowl championships. The Vikings, on the other hand, have just one NFL championship to their name.
This is not a cheap shot at the Vikings or their organization. It is simply stating facts, and Jennings should have looked at these things before opening his mouth and saying that he was “brainwashed” in Green Bay.
Secondly, Jennings decided to take a shot a Rodgers. He questioned his leadership and basically said Rodgers thinks he’s above everyone else. This was another mistake by Jennings. He had the opportunity to play with Rodgers (one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks) and a former Hall of Famer in Brett Favre. Now, he has played for three different quarterbacks in Minnesota in just seven weeks.
Jennings should simply learn to keep his mouth shut before he bashes a team where he made a name for himself. The Packers helped Jennings become the player he is today and now that he is in Minnesota, he has struggled.
Currently, Jennings has 24 receptions for 327 yards and two touchdowns. He has struggled dearly to get open and also has had several balls overthrown on routes he has ran. I look forward to seeing him struggle this week against Shields.
Shields has stepped up this season and become the Packers’ best cover man. His speed allows him to stay with any speedster and he has shown he can be physical as well. He will push Jennings and play him physically. I don’t expect Jennings to be open much in this match-up.
My projections for Shields look like this: four tackles, two pass deflections, one interception. He will hold Jennings to five catches, 40 yards, zero touchdowns.