Packers Looking for 2-0 Record in NFC North

The Packers currently lead the NFC North after one week of action. They'll look to climb to 2-0 and take sole posession of the division after Week 2. 

Once again, the second game of the 2019 season mirrors that of 2018 as the Packers are set to take on the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field. The only difference is that this year the game serves as the team’s home opener.

Last season’s matchup at Lambeau was the first 29-29 tie in NFL history, and while the Packers are all about history, the goal Sunday is to start the season 2-0 in sole possession of first place in the division. Having two division games to open 2019 and three to close out the season means this matchup Sunday is about as high stakes as a game can get for Week 2. 

The Packers have five of their next six games at Lambeau Field; a fast start is crucial for a tough road stretch later on in the season. So what should fans look for on Sunday against the Vikings? 

In Week 2 of the 2018 season, Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins put on a show against the Packers defense passing 35 times for 425 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. The Packers defense also gave up 22 points in the fourth quarter alone to let the Vikings tie things up and force overtime.

This 2019 Packers defense looks different already, though there’s been only a small sample size against Mitchell Trubisky and a lukewarm Bears offense. In Week 1, the defense had five sacks, nine passes defensed, and one interception. Against the Vikings Week 2 in 2018, the Packers only had two sacks to go along with their lone interception. 

On the flip side, Green Bay will look to get their offense going against the Vikings after putting up only 10 points in the season opener against Chicago. After one week of action, the Packers offense currently ranks 29th for points scored (10), 31st in total yards (213), 28th in passing yards (166) and 27th in rushing yards (47). 

Now let’s compare the Bears and Vikings defenses for Week 1. Given the dominant defensive showing the Bears put on to open the season, they currently rank 4th in points allowed, 2nd in yardage allowed, 5th in passing yards allowed, and 6th in rushing yards allowed. 

The Vikings, despite a dominant 28-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 1, rank lower in every defensive category. They sit at 5th overall for points allowed (12), 13th for yards allowed (345), 18th for passing yards allowed (272), and 9th for rushing yards allowed (73). While the argument is there that a lot of those yards came during “garbage time” when the game was already out of reach for Atlanta, it’s also unlikely that, given his history of being almost too careful with the football, Aaron Rodgers will throw two interceptions like Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan did. 

Against the Vikings in Week 2 of the 2018 season, Rodgers put up decent numbers (all while playing on a tibial plateau fracture, remember). He threw 30 passes for 281 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions, giving him a quarterback rating of 97.4. He also took four sacks and fumbled once. 

Tight end Jimmy Graham was the player of the game for Green Bay, hauling in six receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown that was called back due to penalty. Graham was also the recipient of the team’s lone touchdown Week 1 against the Bears, so it’s important for Rodgers and Graham to build off of that moving forward. Graham said himself that last season was a down year for him, but Rodgers has expressed confidence that the two can get things rolling and become a dominating force in the red zone in 2019.

Additionally, the Packers will expect big things from Davante Adams going up against Xavier Rhodes. In the duo’s first meeting in 2018, Adams had eight receptions for 64 yards and the team’s lone offensive touchdown of the day. Adams only managed four receptions for 36 yards against the Bears Week 1, though part of that was due to him being double and triple teamed for most of the game. 

Finally, this is a great test for the run game going up against a stout Vikings front seven. Head Coach Matt LaFleur couldn’t generate a ton of action on the ground against the Bears last week, and this week’s matchup is just as intense. Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter, Linval Joseph, and Everson Griffen all can generate a ton of pressure both on the quarterback and the running backs. Aaron Jones wasn’t able to play Week 2 of last season due to a suspension, so this will be his time to shine as the team’s premier back. Against the Bears, Jones did lead all running backs with 39 yards on the night, but that’s not going to cut it for an entire season. 

What does all of this mean? Well, it’s a long way of saying “The Vikings offense is better than the Bears offense, and their defense is a little worse than the Bears defense, but barely.” 

LaFleur is 1-0 as head coach and looks to climb to 2-0 in the home opener against Minnesota. There isn’t a better way to start a season than by beating two division rivals for first place in the NFC North. If the team can come out of Sunday afternoon with a victory, that will go a long way in measuring the growth of the defense and projected long-term success of the offense. 

Maggie Loney is a writer for Cheesehead TV and a podcaster for the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Find her on Twitter at @MaggieJLoney.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

September 13, 2019 at 06:08 am

“Against the Vikings Week 2 in 2018, the Packers only had two sacks to go along with their lone interception.” I believe there were 2 int’s...Ha Ha’s and Alexander’s to close out the victory. The second interception helped us achieve our 7-9 record last year (no ties). This year there will no 22 point 4Q. I don’t see this D getting gashed by Cousins ever again.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:01 pm

There are 11 new faces on this defense. Comparisons to last year's group is pointless.

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packrulz's picture

September 13, 2019 at 06:10 am

My big concern is if Bakhtiari can play or not. The Vikings D is stout, I doubt we'll get the running game going, so ARod will need to throw it. I'm pleased with our defence though. A pick or two would be nice. I think it will be a close game.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 13, 2019 at 06:24 am

I think everyone is being cautiously optimistic because they don't want to think about the impact that losing bakh would have.

However, with how bad the oline played week 1, the lack of practice those starting 5 have had together, and the fact that they had extra days off to prepare for week 2... there's no way this is intentional rest. He definitely hurt something and its definitely bad enough to be worried. Somebody has to make a sacrifice to the injury gods and quick

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hobowilly's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:44 am

Cubbs! "Somebody has to make a sacrifice to the injury gods and quick"; great line! Don't you love how MLF is treating his injury comments--the report is out there, no further comment! If MLF and Co. can again bring their game face demeanor to their home opener, i see GB winning their second divisional game in a row which bodes well. Pettine is a clever guy and if he can scheme well and successfully bring pressure close to what was brought against da bears, we'll be fine on that part of the game. Then there's our offense, which has no where else to go but up--Folks, i have so much more confidence in the new coaching staff than i had with the complacent/non creative play schemes MM consistently brought--that's all gone now, it's a different vibe and AR admittedly needs to come back to playing Aaron Rodgers ball! He's a great, great leader!

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flackcatcher's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:41 am

Depressingly accurate Cubby.......

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Daren726's picture

September 13, 2019 at 06:28 am

Baktiari is key. Alex Light probably won’t be up for the task of a fresh Vikings defense. The packers will have to scheme quick passes and screens to compensate for no time in the pocket or run away from that side.

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PatrickGB's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:48 am

Sadly without Bakhtiari our offense is not the same. Yet, even an injured Bak is better than anyone else at LT. Light has struggled with a hand injury. So, if Bak plays then it’s possible that there will be a lot of linemen changing positions.
Frankly I don’t yet see this offense adjusting to playing quick passes and screens. It would be nice but I don’t see it happening, at least not yet. But it’s early and maybe down the road when players get used to the new scheme we will see more of it. Campy is gone and I worry that the team will miss him as the line coach. Yet I remain hopeful.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:20 pm

Let's see what Stenavich can conjure up. Hopefully, Bhak can go. We saw a bit of his back issue with Floyd getting push on the bullrush last week. When in doubt, go DBl TEs and drive the fullback at the LBs; establish the run.

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arthurl's picture

September 13, 2019 at 06:38 am

I think the Vikes will find out same thing Bears discovered last week; this is not the same Packers defense. There is lot more speed, especially at the safeties. There is lot more pressure, up the middle and on the outsides. It will be interesting to see if Cooke can break some long yardage runs, I doubt it with the speed GB has now. So I see another low scoring game that could go either way. With GB at home they should win this one.

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RCPackerFan's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:02 am

Zimmer has made it clear he wants to run the ball a lot, and play good defense.
The problem with that is when you can't run the ball and you fall behind in games.

I think the key to this game will be how much does the Packers offense improve from week 1. They went up against a better defense and didn't do much against them. They have to be better. And If they can move the ball better, and score a lot of points early that will put a lot more pressure on the Vikings offense.

Oh and lets not forget that we have a defense now. So if we can build a lead that should be a good thing with our defense.

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sam1's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:18 am

I would think they have to make Cousins throw, if they do that and slow down run the Packers should be able to get the V!

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greengold's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:50 am

Our run D is rock solid at every single position, loaded with willing tacklers. When was the last time we could say that?

Stopping Cook will be big for them and they know it. If they can force Cousins to throw, it will be a long day for Cousins... This pass rush, coupled with this secondary?

I'm VERY hopeful David Bakhtiari and Jaire Alexander are able to play and perform well. That, too, will be a big plus.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:25 pm

Goodson will be a key to stopping the run,but they can iso him on first or second down. The chess game begins.

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Lphill's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:10 am

The Packers beat a team last week on the road that won 12 games last year and won the division, some say the Bears offense was bad but could it be that the Packers defense was just better?

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Leatherhead's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:10 am

I'm sure Aaron Rodgers will singlehandedly carry us, just like he always does, and if we don't win it'll be because the rest of the team just isn't very good.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

September 13, 2019 at 11:23 am

When a guy with talent, energy and ability takes the time to highlight the passing game why is it to tough to watch? Are you just literally afraid of facts? Dusty is correct. You are the worst king of troll. Lazy, uniformed and pretty much fact free.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1172373483638050817

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JHitTheB's picture

September 13, 2019 at 01:32 pm

Wasting your time ILP. I've been pointing these very things out since last season. No one wants to hear it or see it because then they would be wrong in their assessment (you can read that as opinion) - and we can't have that. Everyone here is a professional GM/Coach. I'm not claiming to be perfect or even correct myself but as a former player I think I watch the games and see the tape differently. I've been in the meetings breaking tape down with coaches and teammates so I have an idea of what to look for. That was a nice link though - Dusty was pretty thorough.

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:37 pm

“I'm not claiming to be perfect or even correct myself but as a former player…”
Where did you play? I actually played for the Packers in the 1960s. Now, it was the Pop Warner Packers but we were really good.

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JHitTheB's picture

September 14, 2019 at 12:08 pm

ThxJack:

I started as a kid in the CYC youth leagues in Kenosha in the late 80s early 90s, if anyone remembers that, and played all the way through jr high till semi pro in the IFL. Played 2 years for the Racine Raiders and then 2 years for the Burlington Blue Devils (now called the Southern Lakes Blue Devils). Ahhhhh good times. Now I'm almost 40 and stuck yelling at the TV on Sundays lol.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 13, 2019 at 03:16 pm

I played my first game of organized football in 1967. After the Army and college, I coached for 20 years in Texas (and got paid for it). But because I don't adhere to what somebody who was wearing diapers while I was winning games thinks, I'm a lazy, uninformed, and fact free troll?

Yeah....I'm not going to be able to agree with that.

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Since'61's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:03 pm

Thanks for sharing the clips ILP. Excellent work again by Dusty. Somewhat deflates the myth that Rodgers holds the ball too long. Bottom line is that the Bears won the LOS in each of those plays.
Thanks, Since ‘61

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September 13, 2019 at 04:44 pm

Since 61

Exactly. And puts a big gaping hole in the theory that AR is only looking for home run plays when in actuality he's just looking for somewhere to go with the ball. Jordy and Cobb were really, really good at knowing when to break off of a route and come back to the ball. As I alluded to in the other thread, GB simply does not have a viable #2 or reliable 3rd down/redzone threat other than Davante currently on the roster. MVS could be that guy but he needs time. Opposing teams have known this for the last few seasons. Throw in the fact GB has not had a decent run game in forever and you get opposing teams that simply double/triple/bracket Davante and go balls out blitzing AR.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:31 pm

That's what I've been viewing the past two years, especially when Cobb was out, Jordy slowed down etc. Gutekunst made a play for Robinson in 2018 FAgency. He wanted a viable #2 with Cobb declining. Rodgers just isn't scoping the route tree play out, there are beasts coming at him full force.

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Since'61's picture

September 13, 2019 at 06:08 pm

After Adams the WR corps is unproven. We are a long way from the days of Adams, Jordy and Cobb. We’re basically down to Adams and ??? To be fair MVS, Allison and Davis are still relatively early in their careers. But they need to step up and make some plays or we’re likely to see similar results as last season from our passing game.

Next our interior OL must firm up or Rodgers will have no chance. No QB can go through their progressions with defenders coming through the middle virtually unblocked.
Brady for example rarely gets pressured up the middle which enables him to set, read his progressions and get the ball out on time.

Another issue is that Linsley can do a better job of snapping the ball back to Rodgers in the shotgun. Many of his snaps are either too slow or too low or both. There is no excuse for that.

Our offense needs better OL play and better WRs after Adams. I hope that in the upcoming offseason Gute can do for the offense what he has done for the defense this season. The offense needs to be revitalized after several years of defense first drafts. Thanks, Since ‘61

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Since'61's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:23 am

During the MM era, win or lose, the Packers played much better at home than they did on the road. Even during this preseason, for what it’s worth, the Packers scrubs played better at Lambeau.

I’m hoping that this trend continues against the Vikings this week. The Vikings bring better offensive weapons with them than the Bears have. However, their OL is young and not as effective as the Bears OL. If the Packers can contain Cook and hopefully play with a lead we should be able to hold the Vikings under 20 points.

For the Packers offense everything starts with their OL. If Bakhtiari is out that would be a serious blow but he’s a warrior and I’m confident that he’ll show up come game time.

MLF needs to get the run game going for his offense to succeed so we need to get Aaron Jones untracked. I would put Adams in the slot and try to get favorable matchups for him while putting MVS and T. Davis on the outside to develop more speed in our passing attack. If Bakhtiari is out we may want to utilize a rolling pocket to help protect Rodgers.

Getting to 2-0 in our division and conference would be huge especially if we can leverage the remainder of our early home game schedule. The Packers need to get back to being dominant at home. Their defense can begin to establish that this week.

The Packers must avoid beating themselves with penalties and/or turnovers. Hopefully our defense can generate a TO or 2 as well.

Playing at home with an improved defense and an
offense beginning to find itself, I like the Pack, 23 -13.
Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ‘61

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:41 pm

With Hughes and Mackensie Alexander not likely to play, The game may come down to Rodgers shredding the viqueens secondary. I thought the story on Light is that he's a better pass blocker at this time in his career. If he substitutes for Bhaktiari in the event his back holds him back.
See who shows up Sunday.

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:29 am

I wonder if Bakhtiari's back was bothering him against the Bears too.

I was surprised Vitale got so few snaps last week (only 11 according to nfl.com). I thought LaFleur's emphasis on the run and Vitale's ability to catch the ball would mean he'd be a bigger part of the game plan. I thought he'd be a great safety valve for Rodgers - maybe reducing the number of sacks. Perhaps he'll see more snaps Sunday.

Old School, just a humble suggestion: At some point perhaps you should stop beating that dead horse. Anyone who doesn't know your opinion of Rodgers hasn't been paying attention. This same humble suggestion goes for those who won't "put up with" any criticism of Rodgers. (stepping off my soap box now)

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dobber's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:07 am

I suspect Vitale's greatest benefit is in the short-passing/screen game. He's apparently a serviceable but not great blocker. Chicago's front 7 is fast and disciplined, which makes it hard to run successful screens. If you watch the replay on that game, there were several plays that look like they were called screens or designed to go to the flat, but #12 pulled them down because there was nothing there.

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flackcatcher's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

Right at the end the Packers brought in a bunch of FA FB. Hard to know what the coaches saw, but at the end Vitale fit their skill set. I still get the impression that if they could upgrade, he would be gone yesterday.

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Coldworld's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:16 pm

Not sure I agree. Vitale has a rather unique skill set that LaFleur seems to love. As a trad fullback, definitely, but that’s not the role he played in preseason.

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MWendlandt's picture

September 14, 2019 at 02:12 pm

They brought in those FA fullbacks because Vitale was dealing with an injury. They were nothing more than camp bodies. VItale has had the job locked up since OTAs

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:48 pm

They don't have the pulling guards like Sitton and Lang to get out for the screen game.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:36 am

Jack....thanks for the suggestion.

I think Rodgers is one of the top QBs in the league, one of the best I've ever seen and I've said so many times.

I also think the idolization of this guy by some people is just off the hook.

And I think that at his age and with his injury history, we should be looking for his replacement.

And because I have this opinion, a couple of shitheads feel that they should just insult me, lie about me, and generally attack me.

I've had enough. I think the final straw was when I read the post about Rodgers singlehandedly carrying us for the last 9 years. Incredibly insulting to the rest of the team.

So Jack, thanks for the advice and I wish I could take it, but I'm not going to just be quiet when people are taking shots at me.

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Tarynfor12's picture

September 13, 2019 at 11:41 am

Old School.
Stand by your opinions until you are proven wrong. You're dealing with fans here that refuse to accept different opinions about the Packers a s a team and individual players. I have years of experience with this and have learned to make your point,let them have at it and you, retort once or twice in limited manner and than sit back and enjoy being right. The following week they will all repeat the prediction of a win, tell you how wrong you are,infer you know nothing etc,etc. They will always find a reason(excuse) for this and that and their most favorite word is ' if '...if this and if that and if the Ref this and that every week and more with each loss.
Again,stand by your opinions and know that with every insult and dislike you get, it' comes from them being stung and them being wrong blind optimist fan, that they must endure weekly. Them picking the Packers to win every week doesn't make them a better fan or more knowledgeable,it just makes them more unable to accept truth and reality. The best fan and knowledgeable fan is the one who sees and accepts the flaws/faults hindering the team/player.
Many here will tell you that the coaches know more and then proceed to tell how much more they know than the coaches. What do you expect when/if you speak a different opinion.
Hang in and stay strong.

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Leatherhead's picture

September 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Taryn, Al could stop this in a second by saying personal attacks will result in suspensions. But he doesn't. So I'm assuming he wants it and I'm going to play by the same rules as my critics.

In fact, I think I'll open multiple accounts so I can give multiple downvotes to people I don't like.

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Tarynfor12's picture

September 13, 2019 at 12:31 pm

That would be childish and like in the NFL...the one who responds gets the flag and the boot.
Besides,if Al actually suspended/banned those who attack personally, the site may suffer because, regretfully, it needs to be part of the comments because it drives interaction and interaction makes a site worth keeping.
Political Correctness in any field is a interaction based site killer.

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Tarynfor12's picture

September 13, 2019 at 12:35 pm

Notice how my comment is disliked simply for telling you to have an opinion. Not to exclude that it's also disliked because I say it's OK to have an opinion that differs from the Packer collective.

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 13, 2019 at 03:08 pm

'Here's two more of my cents': I understand replying to someone who is engaging you, particularly if they are insulting you. I made the suggestion in this thread because it didn't look like you were responding to anyone, just bringing it up out of the blue.

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Razer's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:48 am

Never seen Rodgers play well when Brett Favre comes back for his cameos. Hope the jittery, hold-the-ball Rodgers doesn't show up to mark the occasion.

Also, we'll find out if this defense is for real. Vikings offense is good and has shown that over the last years.

Packers are still the underdog in my books.

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CAG123's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:09 am

It also has to be noted that if KK doesn’t get hurt that’s easily a two score win for The Pack last year the moment he went out and they put House on Diggs instant abuse ensued. Now we go into this game with Alexander hurt smh we just can’t catch a break.

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dobber's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:18 am

There's a tremendous opportunity here to get two wins, one in a road game against the defending division champ where the Packers were a 3.5 point dog and against another rival with division/playoff aspirations. It's hard to overstate how big being a game up on both those teams could be.

I think many of us were looking at this schedule and conservatively thinking that a 1-1 start would be a solid kickoff for LaF and this crew: I know I was. But that win in Chicago changes things...NOW, if they don't beat the Vikings this week, it's as if they squandered the leg up last week's big win gave them.

Sure, it's a long season and a 2-0 start doesn't mean much if a team doesn't keep winning, but if they beat the Vikings this week, there's a legit path to a 6-1 or even 7-0 start. Lose to the Vikes and we'll be seriously rethinking what this team can do.

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JHitTheB's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

That Vikings D is already looking beat up. This is from VikingsWire:

"For the second-straight day, Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander missed Thursday’s practice with an elbow injury.

It looks less and less like he’ll play on Sunday against the Packers.

After not practicing on Wednesday, guard Pat Elflein (knee) was limited on Thursday. Also limited was cornerback Mike Hughes (knee) and cornerback Mark Fields (groin).

Full participants included tight end Tyler Conklin (ribs), linebacker Anthony Barr (knee), defensive end Danielle Hunter (hamstring) and defensive end Everson Griffen (elbow)."

Both Starting CBs, Barr, Hunter, and Griffen ALL listed on the injury report already. Could be nothing, could be something. They also put Doctson on IR and DIggs is nursing a hammy. That leaves Theilen and Cook as the main focal points. Theilen made a hell of a grab last year to get the game tying TD but I don't see Savage/Amos allowing that to happen again.

https://vikingswire.usatoday.com/2019/09/13/vikings-cb-mackensie-alexand...

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PatrickGB's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:51 am

I guess that my hope is that their injuries effect them more than our injuries effect us.
Alexander’s injury troubles me as well.

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September 13, 2019 at 11:47 am

The packers know what losing was like for the last two years. The bears game is history. This is their opening Game! They must not get use to losing again. They do have something to prove! Winning at Home must happen. I don't see anything that suggest the Vikings are a better team. Their not a great offense. Their defense has holes, injuries, and age. They don't have the depth the packers have. It's just a matter of the packers not want to give the game away. Going above and beyond, is what I'm hoping to see. The Packer must show their true identity this game.

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Samson's picture

September 13, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Good news.
Bak back at practice today. Should be good to go for Sundays beat down of the Vikes.... 2-0 sounds good.

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PatrickGB's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:34 pm

True, Bak did return to practice. Yet he is still injured and still questionable for Sunday. Back problems can be difficult to deal with and to sometimes even predict when they will flair up again. Even Rodgers had a back issue flare up during the preseason. Having to put on weight to play the position and to keep getting bent backwards by pass rushers has got to be hard on even the best athletes bodies.

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sonomaca's picture

September 13, 2019 at 12:13 pm

Minkah is on trade block. He’s only starting his 2nd year on a rookie deal. Interesting.

Asking price would be very high, but a slot corner of his caliber. Tempting.

Other contenders for Minkah in NFC are Philly, Rams and NO. So, there’s that to consider, as well.

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albert999's picture

September 13, 2019 at 12:48 pm

I believe Gutey has to take a strong look at Minkah and maybe put Jackson up for trade with 3rd round pick......especially with Jaire already being hurt!
They are looking for a first rd pick

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sonomaca's picture

September 13, 2019 at 02:39 pm

It’s going to cost a 1st plus something else. May be worth it.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:12 pm

Glad to hear the Packers have shown interest, at least they're trying. Hope Gute doesn't get into a bidding war, clearly Miami got Houston to stretch for their LT. Would be awesome to get this guy on a bit of a discount.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

September 13, 2019 at 03:15 pm

Jeremy, I've heard Minkah is a slot CB. [Yanks chain...]

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Qoojo's picture

September 13, 2019 at 12:27 pm

Kind of hard to predict anything until we have more data points on the offense. Was the offense in Chicago an aberration or the norm? We will get more data this weekend.

Either way, don't give the vikings an easy game because of turnovers. I just watched the one series last week, and Atlanta was moving the ball fairly easy on the vikings, then the second turnover happened.

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Ferrari Driver's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:06 pm

I'm extraordinarily confident this week and expect the Packers to win with a score of 28-10. The fans will explode in Lambeau and make the play calling and offensive execution for the Vikings a nightmare. Cook will find few opportunities to get around the corner with the Smith's anchoring the edge and funneling the running plays into the stout Packers middle line defenders. The extra time off after Thursday's game with the Bears is going to allow the Packers to draw up a superior game plan and the players will be sky high looking for a blowout and will deliver.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:23 pm

Sidenote: I bet there's nobody here who dislikes the Vikings more than I do.
Anyone care to try & convince me?

I'll match your history......

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September 14, 2019 at 10:29 am

It could be me, but I feel like people are overlooking the point that the Bears O line is not that bad, and the Falcons really aren't that good on their D-line (seeing as even we beat them up pretty bad last year). The Packers absolutely bullied the Bears O-line.. Not to say Cook isn't dangerous, but I doubt he'll have the same success against us playing like we did last week. Also, Everson Griffen, Erick Kendricks and Danielle Hunter are not Khalil Mack, Roquan Smith and Aikeem Hicks.. they're still pretty good, but no cigar. Look for us to establish SOME running game to help the pass, and for the O-line to play a bit better. (We might see E. Jenkins earlier than we expect)

I think the Vikings still have a deficiency at pass blocking, and they were not going to expose it until absolutely necessary. Which never occured last week for them.. I remember them having this problem last year, and looks like they haven't done too much to fix it. I think some of what Tramon said about Trubisky last week applies here as well..

There's a article somewhere out there that shows: King/Williams vs Diggs = 3catches 23yrds in game one before King went down.

Alexander vs Theilen = 88yrds on 4 catches over 2 games.

Add Amos and Savage back there, with the Smith's wreaking havoc, with a healthy Arod and hopefully a accurate Crosby to finishing this thing if we need him, and I like our chances. Although I don't think it will come down to a FG if the run D stands up again.

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