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Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings Pick & Prediction SEP 13TH 2020

FinishedTV: FOXU.S. Bank Stadium Minneapolis

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Because of their passionate fans, the Minnesota Vikings pride themselves on having one of the great home-field advantages in the NFL. Even when the nearby rival Green Bay Packers come to town.


On Sunday, though, the Packers and Vikings open this unique season in an empty U.S. Bank Stadium. However, that should not diminish the high expectations both hold for 2020.


After consecutive third-place finishes, Green Bay went 13-3, won the NFC North and reached the NFC Championship Game in Matt LaFleur's first season as head coach in 2019. Minnesota, meanwhile, again finished second in the North at 10-6, earned a wild-card playoff spot and eventually lost to San Francisco in the divisional round.


Now, amid a season played under the cloud of the coronavirus pandemic, the Packers and Vikings remain the front-runners in the division. However, the focal point for both teams is specifically on Sunday's challenge.


"We're not focused on anything that's not in front us," LaFleur said while addressing the media this week. "Going into someone else's stadium, whether there's fans or no fans. That's a playoff football team (in Minnesota)."


It's also a team Green Bay beat twice in 2019. In the Packers' 23-10 win at Minnesota on Dec. 23 in Week 16, Aaron Jones ran for a career-high 154 yards and two touchdowns. Jones rushed for a career-best 1,084 yards in 2019, and his 16 rushing touchdowns tied for the NFL lead.


Of course, Green Bay's success usually depends on the play of Aaron Rodgers. The star quarterback turns 37 in December but is coming off his eighth season of at least 4,000 passing yards. In 23 career starts versus Minnesota, Rodgers has completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 5,475 yards with 43 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.


"You get to know those guys," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told the media on Wednesday. "I just wish (the Packers) weren't quite as good as they are. They're a really good football team.


"They know us pretty well, and we know them pretty well."


Zimmer's group must also contain three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams. A toe issue limited Adams to 83 receptions, 997 yards and just five touchdowns in 12 regular-season games in 2019. He recorded 13 of those catches and 116 yards at Minnesota in the December game.


Stopping Adams could be more of a challenge with corners Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes no longer around. In addition, a defense that ranks second in the NFL over the past five seasons in allowing 18.8 points per game, has seen defensive tackle Linval Joseph and Everson Griffen leave through free agency.


Pro Bowler Danielle Hunter (14 1/2 sacks in each of the last two seasons) will miss at least the first three games after being placed on Injured Reserve with an undisclosed "tweak." Minnesota did bring in Yannick Ngakoue (37 1/2 career sacks) from Jacksonville.


Offensively, Minnesota still has three of the best in the business.


Starting quarterback Kirk Cousins enters his third season with the team with a 69.7 completion percentage, 7,901 yards, 56 touchdowns against 16 interceptions so far. Cousins has 24,107 passing yards for his career.


Running back Dalvin Cook (career-high 1,135 rushing yards in 2019) scored 13 touchdowns last season and receiver Adam Thielen, who was limited to 10 games due to injury in 2019, is the undisputed top receiving threat with Stefon Diggs gone.


Cook ran for 154 yards with a touchdown in a 21-16 loss at Green Bay in 2019. He missed the December game with injury.


The Vikings could have a hard time generating consistent offense against a Packers defense (19.6 points per game allowed in 2019) that returns the Smiths, Preston and Za'Darius. They combined for 25 1/2 sacks in 2019.


Za'Darius Smith sacked Cousins 3 1/2 times in last season's win at Minnesota.


Green Bay right tackle Billy Turner (knee) did not practice Wednesday and is questionable for Sunday. Starting LB Oren Burks (groin) was limited.


--Field Level Media


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Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

Player Position Lineup
Davante Adams primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jaire Alexander primary: Cornerback Starter
Adrian Amos primary: Safety Starter
David Bakhtiari primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kenny Clark primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Elgton Jenkins primary: Right Tackle Starter
Aaron Jones primary: Runningback Starter
Kingsley Keke primary: Defensive End Starter
Kevin King primary: Cornerback Starter
Allen Lazard primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Corey Linsley primary: Center Starter
Dean Lowry primary: Defensive End Starter
Lucas Patrick primary: Left Guard Starter
Aaron Rodgers primary: Quarterback Starter
Darnell Savage primary: Safety Starter
Preston Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Za'Darius Smith primary: Outside Linebacker Starter
Lane Taylor primary: Right Guard Starter
Christian Kirksey primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Marcedes Lewis primary: Tight End Starter
Josiah Deguara primary: Tight End Starter
Krys Barnes primary: Inside Linebacker Starter
Tim Boyle primary: Quarterback Substitution
Hunter Bradley primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Oren Burks primary: Linebacker Substitution
Mason Crosby primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashan Gary primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ka'dar Hollman primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Josh Jackson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyler Lancaster primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Yosh Nijman primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
JK Scott primary: Punter Substitution
Jace Sternberger primary: Tight End Substitution
Chandon Sullivan primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Ty Summers primary: Linebacker Substitution
Robert Tonyan primary: Tight End Substitution
Marquez Valdes-Scantling primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jamaal Williams primary: Runningback Substitution
Malik Taylor primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Rick Wagner primary: Guard Substitution
Will Redmond primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyler Ervin primary: Runningback Substitution
AJ Dillon primary: Runningback Substitution
Jon Runyan primary: Guard Substitution
Vernon Scott primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jonathan Garvin primary: Defensive End Substitution
Tipa Galeai primary: Linebacker Substitution
John Lovett primary: Tight End Substitution
Montravius Adams primary: Defensive End Not active
Raven Greene primary: Defensive Back Not active
Equanimeous St. Brown primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Billy Turner primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
Randy Ramsey primary: Linebacker Not active
Jordan Love primary: Quarterback Not active
Parry Nickerson primary: Defensive Back Not active
Player PositionLineup
Anthony Barr primary: Strong Linebacker Starter
Garrett Bradbury primary: Center Starter
Dalvin Cook primary: Runningback Starter
Kirk Cousins primary: Quarterback Starter
Pat Elflein primary: Right Guard Starter
C.J. Ham primary: Fullback Starter
Anthony Harris primary: Free Safety Starter
Jalyn Holmes primary: Defensive End Starter
Mike Hughes primary: Left Cornerback Starter
Bisi Johnson primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Jaleel Johnson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Eric Kendricks primary: Middle Linebacker Starter
Brian O'Neill primary: Right Tackle Starter
Ifeadi Odenigbo primary: Left End Starter
Riley Reiff primary: Left Tackle Starter
Kyle Rudolph primary: Tight End Starter
Harrison Smith primary: Strong Safety Starter
Shamar Stephen primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Adam Thielen primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Eric Wilson primary: Weak Linebacker Starter
Dakota Dozier primary: Left Guard Starter
Cameron Dantzler primary: Right Cornerback Starter
Mike Boone primary: Runningback Substitution
Kris Boyd primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tyler Conklin primary: Tight End Substitution
Austin Cutting primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Holton Hill primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Hercules Mata'afa primary: Defensive End Substitution
Alexander Mattison primary: Runningback Substitution
Nate Meadors primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Dru Samia primary: Guard Substitution
Irv Smith Jr. primary: Tight End Substitution
Oli Udoh primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Armon Watts primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Eddie Yarbrough primary: Linebacker Substitution
Britton Colquitt primary: Punter Substitution
Dan Bailey primary: Kicker Substitution
Rashod Hill primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Tajae Sharpe primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Ameer Abdullah primary: Runningback Substitution
Justin Jefferson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jeff Gladney primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Troy Dye primary: Linebacker Substitution
K.J. Osborn primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Dan Chisena primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Yannick Ngakoue primary: Defensive End Substitution
Hardy Nickerson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Chad Beebe primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Sean Mannion primary: Quarterback Did not play
Ezra Cleveland primary: Offensive Tackle Not active
D.J. Wonnum primary: Defensive End Not active
James Lynch primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Harrison Hand primary: Defensive Back Not active
Ryan Connelly primary: Linebacker Not active

Green Bay Packers

Minnesota Vikings

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
    • Conv Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 31 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 24 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Davante Adams
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 45 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Marquez Valdes-Scantling
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 35 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Dan Bailey
  • MIN 8
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Safety
    • Sack in end zone
    • Safety Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Safety Sacker: Jaire Alexander
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 1 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Davante Adams
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • Period 4
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 19 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Conv Passer: Kirk Cousins
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 5 Yards
    • Rusher: Aaron Jones
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 3 Yards
    • Rusher: Dalvin Cook
    • Conv Rusher: Dalvin Cook
  • MIN 10
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Allen Lazard
    • Passer: Aaron Rodgers
    • Conv Kicker: Mason Crosby
  • MIN 13
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 37 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Adam Thielen
    • Passer: Kirk Cousins
    • Conv Rusher: Dalvin Cook
  • Match End


Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • Tampa Bay L 31 - 26
  • L.A. Rams W 18 - 32
  • @Chicago W 35 - 16
  • Tennessee W 14 - 40
  • Carolina W 16 - 24
  • @Detroit W 31 - 24
  • Philadelphia W 16 - 30
  • Chicago W 25 - 41
  • @Indianapolis L 31 - 34
  • Jacksonville W 20 - 24
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • @Detroit W 37 - 35
  • @New Orleans L 33 - 52
  • Chicago L 33 - 27
  • @Tampa Bay L 14 - 26
  • Jacksonville W 24 - 27
  • Carolina W 27 - 28
  • Dallas L 31 - 28
  • @Chicago W 19 - 13
  • Detroit W 20 - 34
  • @Green Bay W 28 - 22

Last Meetings

  • Vikings @ Packers 28-22
  • Packers @ Vikings 43-34
  • Packers @ Vikings 23-10
  • Vikings @ Packers 16-21
  • Packers @ Vikings 17-24
  • Vikings @ Packers 29-29
  • Vikings @ Packers 16-0
  • Packers @ Vikings 10-23
  • Vikings @ Packers 25-38
  • Packers @ Vikings 14-17

American Football Conference

Buffalo Bills133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-29-0-1
Miami Dolphins106 0.6253.00.00.0 5-35-37-0-3
New England Patriots79 0.4386.00.00.0 5-32-65-0-5
New York Jets214 0.12511.00.00.0 1-71-72-0-8
Pittsburgh Steelers124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-36-0-4
Baltimore Ravens115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Cleveland Browns115 0.6881.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Cincinnati Bengals411 1.2677.50.00.0 3-51-63-1-7
Indianapolis Colts115 0.6880.00.00.0 6-25-37-0-3
Tennessee Titans115 0.6880.00.00.0 5-36-26-0-4
Houston Texans412 0.2507.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars115 0.06310.00.00.0 1-70-81-0-10
Kansas City Chiefs142 0.8750.00.00.0 6-28-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders88 0.5006.00.00.0 2-66-25-0-5
Los Angeles Chargers79 0.4387.00.00.0 4-43-55-0-5
Denver Broncos511 0.3139.00.00.0 2-63-53-0-7

National Football Conference

Washington Football Team79 0.4380.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
New York Giants610 0.3751.00.00.0 3-53-55-0-5
Dallas Cowboys610 0.3751.00.00.0 4-42-64-0-6
Philadelphia Eagles411 1.2672.50.00.0 3-41-73-1-7
Green Bay Packers133 0.8130.00.00.0 7-16-28-0-2
Chicago Bears88 0.5005.00.00.0 3-55-33-0-7
Minnesota Vikings79 0.4386.00.00.0 3-54-46-0-4
Detroit Lions511 0.3138.00.00.0 1-74-42-0-8
New Orleans Saints124 0.7500.00.00.0 6-26-28-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers115 0.6881.00.00.0 5-36-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers511 0.3137.00.00.0 2-63-52-0-8
Atlanta Falcons412 0.2508.00.00.0 2-62-63-0-7
Seattle Seahawks124 0.7500.00.00.0 7-15-37-0-3
Los Angeles Rams106 0.6252.00.00.0 6-24-46-0-4
Arizona Cardinals88 0.5004.00.00.0 4-44-44-0-6
San Francisco 49ers610 0.3756.00.00.0 1-75-33-0-7

Last Injuries

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Aaron Rodgers threw two of his four touchdown passes to Davante Adams on Sunday and the Green Bay Packers opened with a 43-34 win against the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis.

Amid an empty stadium, Rodgers completed 32 of 44 passes for 364 yards and Adams tied a franchise record with a career-high 14 receptions for 156 yards.

Marquez Valdes-Scantling added 96 yards and a touchdown on four catches for the Packers, who gained 522 total yards and dominated the time of possession 41:16 to 18:44.

Minnesota star Dalvin Cook, who signed a five-year, $63 million contract this weekend, ran 12 times for just 50 yards but recorded two touchdowns and two 2-point conversions. Kirk Cousins was 19-of-25 passing for 259 yards with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Adam Thielen (six receptions, 110 yards) and an interception.

Green Bay ate up 7:33 over 13 plays on its first drive of 2020 but settled for Mason Crosby's 31-yard field goal. Minnesota then took a 7-3 lead after Cook's 1-yard run.

The Packers, however, took control as cornerback Jaire Alexander sacked Cousins for a safety. Crosby connected on a 43-yard field goal and Green Bay then went up 15-7 after Adams' toe-tapping 24-yard touchdown catch.

Following an Alexander interception with 25 seconds left, the Packers padded their advantage when Rodgers hooked up with a streaking Valdes-Scantling for a 45-yard TD. Dan Bailey's 35-yard field goal as time expired brought Minnesota within 22-10 at the half.

Green Bay extended its lead late in the third after Valdes-Scantling's 39-yard catch set up Adams' 1-yard TD catch. Minnesota got within 29-18 early in the fourth, but Rodgers connected with Allen Lazard on a 4-yard touchdown pass that made it 36-18 before Cook scored on a 3-yard run with 7:55 to left.

Aaron Jones added a 5-yard scoring run with 3:19 left for the Packers.

Green Bay defensive tackle Kenny Clark had to be helped off the field late in the first half with an undisclosed injury.

The Vikings honored the memory of George Floyd, who died while being apprehended by Minneapolis police on May 25. Floyd's family was on hand for the pregame moment. In addition, the Packers remained in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, while the Vikings were on the field, with some players kneeling.

--Field Level Media