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GameDay: Vikings Vs. Packers

MINNESOTA AT GREEN BAY (Monday, ESPN)

WHEN: 8:30 p.m. est Nov. 14th
WHERE: Lambeau Field
TV:  Mike Tirico (play-by-play) & Ron Jaworski & Jon Gruden (analysts) for ESPN
RADIO: Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) & Larry McCarren (analyst) for AM-620 and Packer Radio Network
INTERNET: Cheesehead TV Gameday Live Blog

PACKERS:

Have won 14 in row (incl. playoffs), longest streak in team history

QB AARON RODGERS is 1st player in NFL history to start season with 8 games in row with 110+ rating. Has passed for 2,619 yards & 24 TDs, 1st QB in NFL history with 2,600+ yards & 24+ TDs in 1st 8 games of season. In 8 meetings, has completed 154 of 223 (69.1 pct.) for 1,939 yards with 15 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112.7 rating.

Incl. playoffs, RB JAMES STARKS has played in 15 games & GB is 14-1

WR GREG JENNINGS has 6 TDs in past 4 meetings & aims for 5th in row vs. Min. with TD. WR JAMES JONES has TD catch in 4 of past 5. WR JORDY NELSON ties for NFL lead with 4 catches of 50+ yards.

TE JERMICHAEL FINLEY ties for lead among NFC TEs with 5 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Min. with TD

CB CHARLES WOODSON had 2 INTs in last meeting. S CHARLIE PEPRAH (40 yards) & CB TRAMON WILLIAMS (43) each had INT-TD last week.

LB DESMOND BISHOP had 32-yard INT-TD in last home meeting.

VIKINGS:

Rookie QB CHRISTIAN PONDER won 1st NFL start in Week 8, completing 18 of 28 (64.3 pct.) for 236 yards with 1 TD vs. 0 INTs for 102.7 rating. Made 1st career start in Week 7 vs. GB & passed for 2 TDs

RB ADRIAN PETERSON rushed for 175 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rush TD in 6 of past 7 vs. GB. In 9 meetings, has rushed for 982 yards (109.1 per game). Since joining NFL in 2007, leads all players with 6,580 rush yards & 61 rush TDs. Has 7 TDs (6 rush, 1 rec.) in past 4 & aims for 5th in row with TD

WR-KR PERCY HARVIN aims for 3rd MNF game in row with TD. WR MICHAEL JENKINS had 3 catches for 111 yards (37 avg.) in last game vs. GB.

TE VISANTHE SHIANCOE has TD in 3 of past 5 meetings

DE JARED ALLEN has 22.5 sacks in past 17, incl. 11 in past 6. Since entering NFL in 2004, has NFL-best 95.5 sacks. Has 11.5 sacks in past 6 vs. GB

From the Dope Sheet:

THE DOPE ON THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT:

  • Packers vs. Vikings:
  • All-time regular season: 52-47-1
  • All-time, postseason: 0-1
  • All-time, in Green Bay: 18-17-1
  • Streaks: The Packers have won the last three meetings.
  • Last meeting, regular season: Oct. 23, 2011, at Mall of America Field; Packers won, 33-27

PACKERS HOST VIKINGS IN PRIME-TIME MATCHUP

  • Green Bay returns home for the first time in nearly a month to host the division-rival Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football at Lambeau Field.
  • This is the fourth straight year and the sixth time in seven seasons that the border rivals have squared off in a prime-time matchup.
  • Green Bay owns the NFC’s longest MNF appearance streak at 19 seasons (1993-2011). In the NFL, only Denver (20, 1992-2011) has a longer streak. This is the Packers’ lone appearance on MNF this season and their third of four scheduled prime-time games.
  • It is the third straight season that the two meetings between the clubs have come within a month of each other. Green Bay topped Minnesota, 33-27, in Week 7 this season at Mall of America Field in Minneapolis.
  • The Minnesota game kicks off a stretch of three games in 11 days for the Packers. Green Bay has some familiarity with a schedule like that, having played three games in 12 days in 2009, emerging victorious in all three.
  • The Packers are off to an 8-0 start for the first time since 1962and only the fifth time in franchise history.
  • The four previous 8-0 starts in team history (1929-31, 1962) all resulted in NFL titles for the Packers.
  • Including playoffs, the Packers have won 14 straight games, the longest winning streak in team history. That tops the previous mark of 12 games from 1961-62.
  • The Packers’ streak of 10 consecutive wins in the regular season (2010-11) ranks No. 3 in franchise annals behind only 11-game streaks in 1928-29 and 1961-62.
  • This is the second regular-season winning streak of eight or more games during McCarthy’s tenure (eight-game streak in 2006-07).
  • The Packers have won eight straight contests at Lambeau Field and 14 of their last 15 at home. It is the longest home winning streak by Green Bay since an 11-game streak from 2001-02 and the longest current home winning streak in the NFL.
  • Green Bay’s 14-1 (.933) home mark since Week 10 of 2009 is tied for No. 1 in the NFL over that span with New England (14-1, .933).

THE PACKERS-VIKINGS SERIES

  • This marks the 102nd overall meeting between the border rivals.
  • Few, if any, rivalries in sports have exhibited more parity. The Packers own a slight advantage over the Vikings (52-48-1, including playoffs) in the all-time series.
  • The Packers’ five-game winning streak that was snapped in 2008 was the longest streak for either team since the Packers won five straight from 1983-85.
  • The series began when the Vikings entered the league in 1961, and Vince Lombardi’s Packers won nine of the first 10.
  • Over the last 17 seasons (1994-2010), these teams have accounted for 12 NFC Central/North division championships.

LAST MEETING IN GREEN BAY, REGULAR SEASON

  • Oct. 24, 2010, at Lambeau Field; Packers won, 28-24
  • QB Aaron Rodgers connected on 21-of-34 passes for 295 yards and two TDs, including a 14-yard TD strike to WR Greg Jennings to give Green Bay a 21-17 lead midway through the third quarter, one they would never relinquish.
  • Green Bay’s defense intercepted Vikings QB Brett Favre three times on the evening, with the key one posted by LB Desmond Bishop in the third quarter. Bishop stayed with WR Randy Moss on the play despite a pump fake by Favre, and returned the pick 32 yards for a TD.
  • Favre threw an apparent TD pass to WR Percy Harvin to give Minnesota the lead with 48 seconds remaining, but after reviewing the play, the officials ruled that Harvin did not get both feet in bounds in the back of the end zone. On fourth-and-15 at the Green Bay 20, Favre threw incomplete to Moss in the back of the end zone to give the Packers the win.
  • The victory for the Packers started what is now an eight-game winning streak at Lambeau Field, the longest streak by the team since an 11-game winning streak at home from 2001-02.

Friday's Injury Report:

MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Friday CB Chris Cook (not injury related), G Anthony Herrera (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Thursday CB Chris Cook (not injury related), G Anthony Herrera (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday CB Antoine Winfield (neck)
Friday T Phil Loadholt (illness), CB Antoine Winfield (neck)
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Thursday T Chad Clifton (hamstring), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)
Friday T Chad Clifton (hamstring), LB Frank Zombo (hamstring)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Thursday LB Clay Matthews (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday DE Mike Neal (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee)
Friday LB Clay Matthews (knee), DE Mike Neal (knee), G Josh Sitton (knee)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday S Morgan Burnett (hand)
Friday S Morgan Burnett (hand)
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