The Minnesota Vikings come in to tonight's contest against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers hoping to continue their defensive success against teams passing attacks, having not given up 300 yards passing in any single game this season. The other half of that coin is that the Vikings are allowing teams to convert more then half of their third downs with only this weeks opponent, The Green Bay Packers fairing worse in that department. Last week against the Falcons at home marked rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's first NFL start. With Bridgewater at the helm the offense managed to rack up 558 total yards, good enough for the forth most in Vikings history on their way to a 41 to 28 victory. Bridgewater was impressive in his first start passing for 317 yards on 19 of 30 attempts as well as a touchdown and another 27 yards rushing. Bridgewater is questionable to start this week with a short week of practice and nursing a sprained ankle injured in the fourth quarter of last weeks contest. The Vikings are ranked 4th in the NFC in rushing at 124.8 yards a game despite missing Adrian Peterson the last few weeks.
The Packers going in to last week were under a mountain of criticism from their fans at their lack of ability to move the ball effectively on offense. While the Pack's rushing attack still needs a ton of work the passing game seemed to fire itself back up last week against the Bears. Following Aaron Rodgers telling the Packers fans to "relax" he went out and led his team down the field for a score on every drive. Rodgers looked his old self last week throwing for 302 yards on 22 of 28 attempts and four touchdowns. Jordy Nelson continues to lead the league in receiving yards and had another 100 yard day (108 yards to be exact) on ten catches and two touchdowns. Randall Cobb added to the party with 113 yards of his own and another two touchdowns. In contrast to the Packers struggles rushing the ball (ranked 28th in the NFL) their opponents have seemed to run a will on their defense punctuated with the Bears racking up 235 yards on the ground last week. Giving up and average of 176 yards per game on the ground has Green Bay's defense ranked dead last against the run.
- TV: CBS, NFL
- TIME: October 2nd, 8:25 PM EDT
LOCATION: Lambeau Field, Green Bay Wisconsin
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