The Vikings are in of the same mold as the Bears and Titans (who happen to square off today). Good defense, good running, and cover-your-eyes awful passing. And when they do pass, they more often-than-not seek out their tight end (1920s jazzman Bo Scaife for the Titans, Greg Olsen and Desmond Clark for the Bears, and Visanthe Shiancoe for the Vikings). AS the Vikings appear to be the weakest of the three (Rex Grossman notwithstanding) I fully expect the Packers to take care of business today after a close OT loss to the Titans last week. The keys are as follows:
1. Stop Adrian Peterson
I don't mean this in the generic TV analyst context, where it is intimated that their is some extra power that players can tap into (like Hulk Hogan just when you thought he might lose) to stop the other team's star. What I do mean is that the Packers have to be able to devote and extra defender to the run, and just like last week, the Packers are well-suited to this task with their cover corners.
2. The other key is to shut down the emerging Shiancoe, who isn't actually that good, but is much better than everyone thought. Here, the onus is on the linebackers. (By the way, speaking of linebackers, is anyone else perplexed as to why Brandon Chillar (who I'm a fan of) is taking snaps away from AJ Hawk (who I'm also a fan of) and not Brady Poppinga (who I consider to be "just OK")? Am I missing something with Hawk? He still seems to have good burst and provides good pursuit, at least in my opinion.)
3. Offensively, the key is to not screw up. If the Viking defense can score points, they are difficult to beat. The standard conservative Packer game plan is probably, one again, well suited for this matchup. The other key is to keep Aaron Rodgers' legs away from Jared Allen, who should have been suspended for two low hits on Matt Schaub last week.
Now it's time for me to head over to Will's to get a good seat. Enjoy the game. Go Pack!
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