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Packers vs Vikings: Reviews & Previews

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  1. TOPHAT

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    http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=262667

    PACKERS KEYS TO SUCCESS

    1. Contain Peterson. The Vikings' super rookie racked up 112 yards against the Packers in Week 4 -- on just 12 carries. Peterson will certainly have a larger role in the game plan this time around. Green Bay defensive tackles Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly will need to penetrate the backfield and make Peterson make cuts behind the line of scrimmage. If they do not slow down Peterson before he gets to the linebackers, the Packers' secondary will be unable to bring down the rookie in the open field.

    2. Get tight end Donald Lee involved in the passing game. Wide receiver Greg Jennings has been making big plays all season when he faces single coverage. Lee has played a big role in some of those big plays by occupying the safety's attention and clearing out the middle of the field for Jennings. Green Bay will again need Lee to get past the linebackers and make the Vikings' safeties step up to cover him, giving Jennings more favorable matchups downfield. The Vikings need to find a way to slow down Lee without sacrificing one of their safeties.

    3. Establish a running game. The Packers have a formidable passing attack but rank last in the NFL in rushing. Injuries have caused Green Bay to use a combination of running backs -- Ryan Grant, Brandon Jackson and Vernand Morency are currently in the mix -� but the team is averaging only 72.1 yards per game on the ground. Although the Packers face a tough Minnesota run defense this week, they must have a more balanced attack on offense to prevent the Vikings from putting six defensive backs on the field and focusing solely on grounding Green Bay's passing game.
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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/7416252

    PREDICTION: The Packers' goal will be to try to salt the game away early, limiting Peterson's ability to beat them. It may not work. The running back-by-democracy system isn't giving Brett Favre the support he needs, so he's reverted to do-it-all mode, donating a turnover for every touchdown he throws. The offensive inconsistency allows opponents to stay close, so Peterson will remain in the gameplan. The Packers will prevail, thanks to their defense and the Minnesota's Three Stooges quarterbacking corps, but the early six-point line is a little scary.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/teamReport?categoryId=67046&type=StrategyAndPersonnel

    GAME PLAN: The Packers likely will be compelled to be one-dimensional themselves on offense, since their injury-plagued running game should remain in neutral against Minnesota's formidable front. Yet, relying strictly on the pass will be to their advantage. Brett Favre has his deep-ball groove on at age 38, directing the league's No. 2 pass offense, and he'll be able to pick on a 31st-rated pass defense with a shaky secondary. Ball security, though, will be critical for the Packers. Minnesota leads the league with 14 forced fumbles. The Packers put the ball on the Metrodome turf four times, losing two, and were fortunate to get out with a win in that early-season game.
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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/teamReport?categoryId=67046&type=StrategyAndPersonnel

    MATCHUPS:

    1. Interior of Packers offensive line vs. Vikings DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams.

    2. Packers QB Brett Favre vs. Vikings SS Darren Sharper.

    3. Packers DL vs Vikings OL.
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    http://www.acmepackingcompany.com/story/2007/11/7/17250/1335

    How will the Packers offense play this weekend? This season Favre seems to be on the same page as Driver, plus WRs Greg Jennings and James Jones, and TE Donald Lee. Minnesota killed San Diego last week by blitzing QB Phillip Rivers hard up the middle and forcing him to rush the deep passes that San Diego favors. The Packers excel at throwing the quick slant route well before the blitz can get to Favre, so Minnesota will have to hold back the blitz to avoid getting carved up in the middle of the field by the Packers' receivers.This game should be very interesting because I don't see how the...Minnesota can stop Favre
     
  2. DarkaneRules

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    Packers vs Vikings: Previews & Previews

    Packers by a field goal. Let's go!
     
  3. Obi1

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    Packers vs Vikings: Previews & Previews

    Here is a theory that kind of makes sense...

    Vikings play the collective game of their lives and Packers play as they have been and the Packers will win by a small margin.

    If Vikings play poorly as they have been in the past and/or Packers play a better game than ususl, its a blowout.

    Packers win 34-20
     
  4. Zombieslayer

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    Urgh! Why do all these so-called "experts" keep saying this? Screw the running game. I don't care if we get less than 50 yards rushing.

    The Vikings front four is awesome against the run. The Vikings are horrible against the pass.

    So screw the run. Pass 90% of the time. Play to your opponent's weakness, not their strength.
     
  5. vike4life

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    Re: Packers vs Vikings: Previews & Previews

    Vikings 24
    Packers 13
     
  6. pack_in_black

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    Couldn't agree more zombie.

    That's exactly what we did last time we played them, and it led to AP only getting 2 touches in the second half.

    AP can run run "All Day" if he wants to, and wear out the clock for us, while Brett & Co. score TDs on <3 minute drives.

    Meanwhile, our defense will stuff 9 damn good defenders in the box, and leave our #1 in the NFL CB tandem on their respective islands and let them do thier thing.

    As long as GB executes, I really don't care how good AP (or AD or ADHD or whatever his nickname is) does, we aint losin this one.

    :pop: :pop:
     
  7. TOPHAT

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    :eek:mg: :agree: :yeah: :eek:mg: :USA: :USA:
     
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    They say it because there's no way a team can win without a run game. No team could go 7-1 without a run game.

    Oh wait.
     
  9. DoddPower

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    Packers - 27
    Vikings - 17
     
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    Packers 30
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    We are going to light them up. We have won the last three games and this time we're doing it big.
     
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    24-9 pack
     
  12. Greg C.

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    I was going to write the same thing, but you beat me to it. What makes it even worse is that I KNEW they were going to write this. It's standard NFL dogma. They'll be writing the exact same thing if the Packers make it to the Super Bowl.

    I'm glad they wrote "Contain Peterson" instead of "Stop Peterson." If he gains less than 120 yards, I'll be delighted. They just need to avoid the big runs. The Packers will need every inch of their D-line depth.
     
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    Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I wonder who the two were that picked the Vikings to win by a touchdown or more.
     
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    Ya, I was wondering that too! :shrug:
     
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    You guys rock!

    If it's any consolation, you'll at least beat us in rushing yards. ;)
     
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    Poor delusional Viking fans.....you'd think after all these years of constant let downs, they would learn their lesson. I can't help but feel pity. :pop:
    Reality will be hard for them again.........tomorrow. :wink: :D
     
  18. TOPHAT

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    THINGS TO WATCH

    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=684441

    FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

    FULL THROTTLE: In the first meeting, the Packers used the shotgun on 40 plays and lined up without a running back 14 times. "From multiple wide receiver formations, Favre completed touchdown passes of 16 yards to Greg Jennings and 33 yards to James Jones. Rookie Marcus McCauley, the nickel back, gave up both scores. "McCauley isn't slow," an executive in personnel said. "He's just raw and has questionable confidence."

    NO DICE: The Vikings led the NFL in fewest rushing yards allowed per game at 61.6 last season and rank second this season with a yield of 70.4. Most of the credit goes to defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams along with middle linebacker E.J. Henderson. "Some people have kept Pat on the field on third down sometimes by going no-huddle," the coach said. "They do a lot of rotation, which helps. But if you can get those two big guys inside wore down a little bit it helps."

    BADGER IS BACK: Brooks Bollinger, who had a 30-12 record as the starting quarterback for Wisconsin, will be starting his first game for the Vikings. Since entering the league in 2003, Bollinger has a 2-7 mark as a starter. Bollinger has thrown 24 passes this season and has a passer rating of 112.7. "He's going to manage the game," an opposing defensive coach said. "He controls the flow of the game very nicely. Doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He's athletic enough to get out of trouble. His arm depends on the weather. If the wind is whipping around, it will be harder for him. He's not going to rocket fire. He's a better athlete than Kelly Holcomb. I think Kelly would probably manage the game better."

    MEN UP FRONT: Right tackle Ryan Cook, who allowed six of Aaron Kampman's seven knockdowns in the first game, is the weak link of the offensive line. To reduce Cook's chances for failure, the Vikings strongly prefer to run left behind tackle Bryant McKinnie and guard Steve Hutchinson.

    THE OTHER BLOCKERS: Rampaging Adrian Peterson has been getting good blocking from more than just the offensive linemen. "I think what's happening is those wide receivers have found that their niche on this team is to get downfield and block," one opposing defensive coach said. "Bobby Wade and (Robert) Ferguson have been throwing their bodies around. Wade is as tenacious as ever." Fullback Tony Richardson might be 35 but he still packs a punch. At tight end, veteran Jim Kleinsasser does most of the blocking. "He has an ability to clamp onto you if the referees aren't calling holding," the coach said. "He's so strong and powerful with his hands and his forearms."


    VIEWS OF THE GAME

    McGINN: When Barry Sanders was tormenting and sometimes beating the Packers, he at least had adequate quarterbacks such as Rodney Peete, Erik Kramer, Scott Mitchell and Charlie Batch to throw the ball. Adrian Peterson has Brooks Bollinger. Unless Peterson is Superman himself, the Vikings can't win at Lambeau Field with Bollinger opposing Brett Favre.

    SILVERSTEIN: The Packers aren't dumb enough not to load the box and make life difficult for Adrian Peterson. He's going to make some big runs, but keeping him out of the end zone will be most important. If the Vikings try to blitz, they'll be in trouble because they'll have to rely on man-to-man coverage and that won't work against the Packers' receivers. Green Bay 27, Vikings 21.

    HUNT: If the Packers hold Adrian Peterson to 125 yards or fewer and don't turn the ball over like they did against Chicago, the Vikings have nothing else. Packers 27, Vikings 17.

    NICKEL: There probably will be a letdown game for the Packers this year - a flat showing against a lesser opponent. But that might be the Carolina game next week and not today against the Vikings. This rivalry is dead even and games have been within a touchdown for the last five years. Green Bay needs to be ready for the revved up Vikings, who'll show a lot of effort at first but could fade later.
     
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    packers 1000
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    it could happen!!!!!
     

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