The Green Bay Packers will start their stretch of three games in 11 days this Monday Night against the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers defeated the Vikings 33-27 in the first match up they had this season.
In the last meeting the Packers faced a rookie quarterback making his NFL debut and struggled early against Christian Ponder. This time the Packers will have film on the young quarterback, as well as home field advantage.
From the way this match up looks it comes down to three things for the Packers to win. First off is stop running back Adrian Peterson. If the Packers force the Vikings to win with the ball in Ponders hands, the chances they win will increase immensely. The secondary of the Packers will once again take advantage of Ponders mistakes and give the ball to quarterback Aaron Rodgers will a short field.
The second thing the Packers need to do is not turn the ball over. They have been amazing on offense to start the year and if they continue to take care of the ball and let Rodgers stay hot they will win. They cannot give Ponder a short field and easy chances because the defense gives up yards, but they do not give up many points.
The final thing the Packers need to do is simply let Rodgers do what he’s been doing best. Pass the ball. Let the star quarterback run the show. Keep the offense balanced with some running, but put the ball in Rodgers hands because he’s the reason the teams been so successful.
With this being a rivalry game it’s hard to predict a blow out, but let’s face it, the only reason the game was close last time is cause it was in Minnesota and the Packers had never seen Ponder before. The Packers dismantle the Vikings to stay undefeated 45-13.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.