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Crystal Ball Shows Packers Beating Vikings on Sunday

Some would say that this week’s showdown with the Vikings, featured on Sunday Night Football, is a must-win game but we would suggest that Green Bay’s last four games have qualified as such. Unfortunately, the Packers dropped three of those four contests including last week’s Thursday night nail-biter when they allowed the Seahawks to stage a fourth-quarter rally and capture a 27-24 victory. Aaron Rodgers was 21-of-30 for 332 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Typical stuff from the future Hall-of-Famer but once again the Green Bay defense broke when it needed to bend.

The Packers can’t afford another loss because even at a dismal 4-5-1 they are still in the playoff hunt as several conference rivals have comparable records and all are contending for the two NFC wildcard berths. As its reviews testify, one of the best online sportsbooks YouWager is dealing the Vikings as three-point home favorites. The oddsmakers are dealing the Vikes as field goal home chalk but we believe that the wrong team is favored. That’s right, Green Bay should be the favorite because they will win this game and here’s why.  

As Week 12 looms, Green Bay is No. 13 in scoring offense, 7th in passing yards, and tied for 17th in rushing yards. Defensively, the Packers rank 16th in points allowed, 26th against the run, and 5th against the pass. Much of that success defending the aerial attacks of opposing offenses have to do with a supremely talented defensive front that applies relentless pressure which has manifested in 34 sacks (3rd) on the season. However, the secondary has failed to benefit from that thunderous pass rush with only six (T-23rd) picks on the year. Despite the fact that DT Mike Daniels will miss this one with a foot injury, there is still plenty of talent to dominate a relatively porous Vikings’ offensive line and suffocate Kirk Cousins. And not only are the Minnesota O linemen not providing adequate pass protection but they have failed miserably to create holes for Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray.

Aaron Rodgers summed up Green Bay’s chances of a playoff berth after the team’s loss to Seattle last week when he remarked, "Of course there's hope. Of course, we believe in each other. It's just going to take one galvanizing moment, whether that's a speech or a practice or something happens in the game, something's got to get this thing going."

There’s more than a hint of frustration in that statement and rightfully so. Looking back on the season there have been so many missed opportunities, blown calls, and botched plays that had even a fraction of that bad luck drifted away then the Packers could very well be sitting atop of the NFC North or at least locked in a death struggle with the Bears for division supremacy. At some point, the slate begins to even and it’s time the Packers got a little of that good juju. This is the rematch from a wild 29-29 tie earlier in the season and it was a game that saw Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby drill five field goals but missed on a crucial 52-yarder as time in regulation expired. The key to this game will be won and lost in the trenches and if Cousins is as pressured as we believe he will be then there’ll be no place to run and no place to hide. The Packers will not only cover the number on the golden arm of Rodgers but will win this one outright. After that, it’s anyone’s guess but winning streaks always start one game at a time. 

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Bearmeat's picture

I think Green Bay is a better and more talented team. I think they're better:

QB, RB, LT, LG, C, RT, NT, ILB, SS, LCB, Slot CB.

Vikings are better at:

RG, LDE, RDE, FS, RCB.

It's going to be a close game that GB should win. They need to in order to have a hope for the rest of the season.

WAKE THE EFF UP PACKERS!

The TKstinator's picture

Crystal balls require delicate handling.

LeotisHarris's picture

Always purchase the extended warranty and/or wear a jock.

The TKstinator's picture

Your wisdom once again benefits all those fortunate enough to cross your path. :)

Roadking's picture

What have you put in your kool aid?

Since '61's picture

I hope that your crystal ball is clear.
I would never advocate for an injury or dirty play but if the Packers are going down I still hope that they beat the crap out of Barr at least.

Find a way, beat the Vikings. No let up, no prisoners. Go Pack Go! Happy Thanksgiving to all at CHTV. Since '61

LeotisHarris's picture

Back at ya, bud.

This would be a sweet victory. Here's hoping...

Gort's picture

Agree that it would be great to beat the "purple".

Also hope that everyone had / is having a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Thanks, Gort

Tundraboy's picture

Yes. If nothing else I want to beat Minnesota this year in Minnesota. Do not want to hear that horn, save for a lone touchdown.

PatrickGB's picture

If the Bills can do it ,then so can we. No crystal ball is needed. It’s on the defense and The Aarons for the offense. Keep the penalty’s down and don’t shoot our selves in the foot. As far as the so called “special teams” go, I see it coming down to a field goal.

Lare's picture

Hope not, Crosby has the 25th ranked field goal percentage in the league.

Lphill's picture

I was thinking if the Packers lost and wiped out any chance of making the playoffs maybe McCarthy would be fired but for some reason I have a feeling the Packers are going to win and put the McCarthy firing on hold.

Barnacle's picture

We have many great players to be thankful for. I wish we had a real GM and a Head Coach. Watching MM make stupid decision after stupid decision is ruining the fun. It sounds like there are a lot of fans who will focus on their hopes that Murphy will wake up after MM grabs another defeat from the jaws of victory.

Maybe Murphy’s management committee should hire a consultant to tell him that MM is too stubborn and too slow to have any game time responsibilities. MM should take his low pad level and training camp at the bowling alley ideas and move on.

LeotisHarris's picture

Hey, now! We don't need any of this here, Barnacle. Packers fans don't come to this site to witness the denigration of low pad level, much less a viscous assault on bowling. Why do you hate bowling? Why do you hate low pad level?

Mods, please take Barnacle's shot to the groin anti-bowling-pad-level-hating post down. Next thing you know he'll advocate for waiting until sales to buy Salute to Service branded merch.

Barnacle's picture

Leotis

You deserve McCarthy.......enjoy?

Samson's picture

Nothing wrong with being optimistic but the points you make are too selective & involve only a few aspects of an entire NFL game. --- Turnovers, penalties, sub standard play from AR, special team snafus, in-game injuries --- all can play a part in the outcome of this game.

Plus, the game is in Minnesota. -- The Pack have yet to win a game on the road this season.

Jonathan Spader's picture

Who is Ed Wood?

LeotisHarris's picture

Shh. There are bills to be paid.

Nothing to see here. Move along now.

Jersey Al's picture

haha,,,

The TKstinator's picture

Johnny Depp?

Rak47's picture

Ed Wood-Scissorhands, eh? His articles should be a cut above the rest then.

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