NFC Game Of The Week
Vikings (10-5) at Packers (10-5)
Vikings– Whoever thought the Minnesota Vikings would be entering week 17 with a chance to win the NFC North? For the last six seasons, this division has been labeled as the Packers division and rightfully so because they’ve been a consistent force. Mike Zimmer needs a big endorsement for coach of the year and I’ll gladly give it to him. They’ve won 10 games when nobody expected them too and have the potential to host a playoff game next week if everything goes their way. Having Adrian Peterson back has also made a big difference it will always help to have your best players on the field. Teddy Bridgewater has shown that the game can be put in his hands, he’s just not a game manager and he can make a big throw down the field if necessary. With a win on Sunday night, they will win the division for the first time since 2009.
Packers– Last week was by far the worst I’ve seen the Packers look in a really long time. What could go wrong for a football team definitely went wrong for them. The offensive line struggled up front, the running game was absent especially after McCarthy started calling the plays again and made it a point of emphasis to run the football once again, the receivers didn’t catch anything and Rodgers just looked like a fish out of water. he was sacked nine times and they scored only eight points. It’s been quite the year for the Packers. After Jordy Nelson went down with the torn ACL, many felt they’d be fine especially with Rodgers under center because he’ll always give you the best chance to win games. They will wrap up another division title once again with a win over the Vikings.
Prediction– It’s all come down to this. We could see these two meet up again next weekend when the playoffs begin. Here’s the scenario: Whoever wins this will win the division and be locked into the three seed in the NFC playoff picture. If Minnesota loses and Seattle wins on Sunday, the Seahawks would clinch the five seed in the NFC and the Vikings will be locked into the sixth seed. Adrian Peterson has been known to have some big games against the Packers in his career. The key for the Vikings will be to get that running game going. The Packers are ranked 21st against the run so control the clock and keep Rodgers on the sideline. When they last met, the Packers shut down AP with ease and put the game in Bridgewater’s hands. They’ll have to load the box once again and offensively, Eddie Lacy and Randall Cobb must both show up. I like the Packers in this game. Packers 27 Vikings 17