Minnesota Vikings Week 8 Preview: Green Bay Packers

The Minnesota Vikings return to the field after barely surviving a matchup against the bye. The Green Bay Packers ran their record to 5-1 after drubbing the Houston Texans, 35-20.

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Minnesota goes into this game weaker on the defensive line, as they traded away offseason acquisition Yannick Ngakoue to the Ravens for some crab cakes and tartar sauce; “Slick” Rick Spielman is a master negotiator.


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GREEN BAY PACKERS

The Pack opened the scoring against Houston with a 75-yard drive that ended in an Aaron Rodgers-to-Davante Adams three-yard touchdown pass. They would add to the lead when Rodgers capped an 88-yard drive with a touchdown pass to tight end Jace Sternberger. Late in the first half, Rodgers threw his third touchdown pass of the game to Malik Taylor from a yard out and Green Bay took a 21-0 lead into the locker room.

David Johnson caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson on the Texans’ first drive of the second half, cutting the Packers’ lead to 21-7, but Green Bay answered back when Rodgers hit Adams with a 45-yard strike and his fourth touchdown pass of the day. The Texans would get a field goal, then another after a blocked punt to trim the Green Bay lead to 28-13, and seemed to gain some momentum. That momentum was lost after Watson was stopped on 4th-and-1, as the Packers drove 46 yards, finished off by a Jamaal Williams one-yard run that pushed the lead to 35-13. Will Fuller would catch a six-yard pass for a window-dressing touchdown to close out the scoring.

Rodgers completed 23-of-34 passes for 283 yards and four touchdowns on the day. Jamaal Williams, filling in for Aaron Jones, had a respectable 77 rushing yards on 19 carries, including a touchdown. Davante Adams had another stellar day with 13 catches for 196 yards and two touchdowns.

Deshaun Watson completed 29 of his 39 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. David Johnson could only muster 42 rushing yards on 14 carries to lead the Texans’ ground attack. Overall, Houston would gain a mere 79 rushing yards on 22 carries for the game. Former Packer Randall Cobb led the Houston receivers with 95 yards on eight catches.


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PREDICTION

In the season opener, Green Bay dominated a 43-34 win from start-to-finish in Minnesota.

The Vikings are reeling after a loss to the previously winless Atlanta Falcons and the trade of Ngakoue. Kirk Cousins has had more turnovers than a Brooklyn bakery, and Mike Zimmer’s coaching philosophy is stuck in the ’90s.

Aside from a dumpster fire of a game against Tampa Bay, the Packers have been rolling. I don’t see that roll being slowed this week.

Even with two weeks to prepare, the Vikings don’t have the horses to keep up with the Pack. Dalvin Cook still isn’t 100%, and the offensive line still isn’t where it needs to be.

This one is in Lambeau, and I think it could get ugly.

I’m taking the Packers to win this one, 38-24, and it might not be that close.

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