This always-bitter rivalry has just a little extra stank on it this week. As the Vikings travel to Lambeau, the injury Aaron Rodgers suffered at the hands of Anthony Barr will be fresh on the minds of Packer fans. It gets even more heated as the Packers are already out of playoff contention whereas Minnesota is battling for the NFC’s top seed. A lot of bitterness and a lot of boos await the boys in purple.
Here are the predictions from the Full Press Coverage Vikings staff.
Mark Gabreski: Minnesota 31, Green Bay 6
Rodgers is back on IR, and any slim chance the Packers had of making the playoffs have evaporated. Brett Hundley has shown to be thoroughly incompetent at managing Green Bay’s offense during his tenure as starting quarterback. He has effectively turned a “sure-thing” playoff team into one that pulls out a few close victories against some of the league’s most hopeless teams. The Packers’ mistake-prone offense leans more towards the run with Hundley under center. But they should nonetheless be easily handled by Minnesota’s elite defense which boasts three 2017 Pro-Bowlers. Minnesota is coming off a big win against the Bengals and the Packers appear to be another easy matchup for the NFC North champions. The best I can say for Hundley and the Packers is that they have nothing to lose.
Anthony Talanca: Minnesota 21, Green Bay 17
I think the Vikings have the advantage in all facets of the game, but the fact is the almost-negative degrees during the game will have an effect. I see Minnesota’s running game really controlling the game here and essentially running out the clock to secure the win at Lambeau Field.
Clayton Brooks: Minnesota 24, Green Bay 13
Even though Minnesota should win easily, I think the cold could be a factor. From what’ has been reported, Keenum has never played in below-freezing temps. That could affect the Vikings passing attack, particularly on the deep ball. I still think the Vikings win, but it could be a little closer than many think.
Sam Smith: Minnesota 26, Green Bay 17
This one could get chippy on the Packers’ side, given their season was all but ruined by Barr in week six. Regardless, the Vikings are the much better team on both sides of the ball and still have a lot to play for. Green Bay is just playing spoiler at this point. I would be surprised if this is a blowout, especially given the projected sub-zero temps. But Minnesota will control from start to finish and inch closer to a first round bye.
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– Mark Gabreski writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Minnesota Vikings.
– Anthony Talanca writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Minnesota Vikings. Like and follow @atalanca.
– Clayton R. Brooks II writes for Full Press Coverage and covers the Minnesota Vikings. Like and follow @ClaytonRBrooks2.