Post Written by: Steve Dooley IV
Vikings vs Packers
The Green Bay Packers have the unenviable task of trying to stop Adrian Peterson for the second straight week. Peterson has put together a season that will forever have spot in NFL folk lore. A.P. ran for 2,097 yards this season and landed Minnesota in the post-season just 378 days after tearing all the ligaments in his left knee.
Peterson has already ran for 409 yards against the Pack this year and accounted for three TDs. A.P. Is the Vikings best player but their most important player if they want to go deep in the playoffs is Christian Ponder. Ponder has directly reaped the benefits of Peterson and Percy Harvin’s career year’s. Harvin is on injured reserve and hasn’t played since the Vikings ninth game against the Seahawks, leaving Ponder and Minnesota to depend on Peterson heavily during their run to the playoffs.
Ponder has to do a good job protecting the ball and converting on long balls and 3rd down if they want this one to stay close. Last week the second year play caller was nearly perfect, going 16/28 with 3 TD’s highlighted with no picks, and that match still came down to a last second kick. He’ll need to have a similar day to keep the pressure off that poor pass defense the Vikings bring into the game. Familiarity with Green Bay and the Pack’s lack of run game could help Jared Allen and the crew keep this one interesting.
The Packers find themselves playing on opening day of the playoffs after squandering the 2nd seed away against the Vikes. Aaron Rodgers leads this potent passing attack and the reigning league MVP sounds ready for the challenge. “The road got a little tougher having to play on opening weekend, but we’ve got a home game and that’s why you win the division.”
Green Bay’s defense has had it’s fair share of problems vs Peterson but the Vikings have only won one game at Lambeau during Adrian’s career. That should be encouraging for a group that’s average at best. The Packers need to score early and often otherwise this one could go down to the wire and whoever has it last could move to Week 2 of the post-season.
The Pack will roll. Peterson will have another monster day but MR. Discount Double Check (Rodgers) will be to much at home with all of Green Bay behind him. Not looking for a close one.
PACKERS 31 VIKINGS 17
Viewing Note: Green Bay has lost 4 of their last 6 home playoff games after being undefeated until 2001. This is the Vikings’ Leslie Frazier first playoff game as a head coach in the NFL.