Vikings, Packers Play to a 29-29 draw

In an early season showdown between the perennial favorites for the NFC North division crown, the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers put on a show. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until Week 12 for a difinitive conclusion.

Five Stories to Watch for Vikings @ Packers

Oct 15, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr (55) at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
The Minnesota line was solid in pass pro last week. Cousins took a few hits, but most were either the result of a schematic disadvantage or the fault of the quarterback. Overall, they stood up well, despite a rough start against DeForest Buckner. However, in the run game, they were never really able to get much going.

FPC Vikings Staff Predicts Vikings @ Packers

Sep 18, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) throws against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings defeated the Packers 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
For the second straight week, all four FPC Vikings staff members are picking the Vikings to come out on top. However, the degree in which the arch rival Packers will compete varies drastically.

Vikings @ Packers: Key Week 2 Matchups

Coming off a solid week one win, the Vikings travel to Lambeau this week to take on Aaron Rodgers (probably) and the Green Bay Packers. Operating under the assumption that Rodgers will play seems like the correct decision, as the Vikings would likely dominate...

Charting Cousins: Week 1 49ers @ Vikings

Quarterback play is often one of the hardest positions to evaluate in the NFL during the game. The broadcast angle is shown from the viewpoint of the press box. Because of this, there is often no way to see what the quarterback is seeing.

Numbers to Note from 49ers @ Vikings

Sep 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) carries the ball during the first quarter against San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Game narratives often derive from a handful of plays. Quality play for 98 percent of snaps can be perceived negatively if one off play has a disastrous result. It is simply the nature of the way fans ingest sports. Because of that, post-game analysis of the big picture plays a significant role in determining true overall performance, as opposed to picking plays here and there to draw conclusions. 

Vikings Hold Off 49ers: Three Up, Three Down

Sep 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws during the fourth quarter against San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
An opening day win is never a bad thing. For much of the Vikings' 24-16 victory over San Francisco, they matched the lofty expectations laid before them. However, there were also a few points worth being mildly concerned about. 

Vikings D holds off 49ers, 24-16

Sep 9, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) celebrates an interception return for a touchdown during the third quarter against San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
US Bank Stadium, MN - The Minnesota Vikings began their "Super Bowl or bust" tour in a somewhat expected fashion, beating the San Francisco 49ers, 24-16.

Vikings Do It With Defense, Beat San Fran 24-16

Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes (29) celebrates a broken up pass in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
In Minnesota, it still begins and ends with defense. The Vikings forced four turnovers—one of them a Pick 6 from rookie defensive back Mike Hughes—to beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-16 Sunday. Hughes' interception put the Vikings up 17-3 early in the third quarter. Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins...

Know the Enemy: Interview with FPC 49ers

Aug 25, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) drops back to pass against the Indianapolis Colts defense in the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports
The 49ers are a team shrouded in what-ifs and optimism. It is tough to truly diagnose what to expect from such a young team, so to help us out, we asked Full Press 49ers managing editor Sanjesh Singh a few questions about the team he covers.

FPC Vikings Predicts 49ers @ Vikings

Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes (29) celebrates a broken up pass in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
The quest for the Super Bowl starts Sunday as the Vikings welcome an upstart 49ers team to U.S. Bank Stadium. How will the Purple and Gold fare against Jimmy Garoppolo and company? The Full Press Vikings staff makes their predictions.

FPC Division Previews: NFC North and their Four Playoff Hopefuls

Oct 9, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; NFC Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (10) looks to pass against Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) in the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
You would be hard-pressed to find a division with more lofty expectations than the NFC North. All four teams have legitimate reasons for optimism. Star power runs rampant. Everything is set up for a season-long division shootout.

Key Matchups for Week 1: 49ers @ Vikings

Aug 27, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray (25) runs with the ball in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Football and Sunday afternoons. They just go together. And for far too long, those two things have been separated. Well, at long last, the 2018 season finally reunites them this weekend as the Vikings open their Super Bowl-hopeful run at home against the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers are an optimistic team, with sights set on kick-starting their rise to playoff status perhaps a year earlier than anticipated. And the Vikings, well, they are in title-or-bust mode.

FPC Vikings Staff Makes Their 2018 Predictions

Aug 18, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks on during the second quarter against Jacksonville Jaguars at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Expectations for a Vikings Super Bowl have perhaps never been higher. The schedule may be tough, the conference may be loaded, but the roster simply seems too good to fail. Of course that is a dangerous sentiment with this franchise. 

The Vikings: Super Bowl or Bust?

Aug 24, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) drops back to pass in the first quarter against Seattle Seahawks at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Spirits are high in the Twin Cities. After a moderately surprising 13-3 run last season, the Vikings appear to be among the NFL's cream of the crop. They are heavily favored to make the postseason this year, with only Pittsburgh and New England ahead of them in playoff odds. But as Vikings fans know all too well, the biggest heartbreak comes when expectations are at their highest.

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