Vikings vs Packers: Week 2 Matchup

Aaron breaks down both sides of the ball in his preview of Sunday's showdown with the Vikings. 

Early season control of the NFC North is on the line when the Minnesota Vikings arrive at Lambeau Field Sunday afternoon to take on the Green Bay Packers.

Here's a look at what to expect from both sides of the ball and my sure-to-be-incorrect call on who wins the game. 

What To Expect When The Vikings Have The Ball

Outside zone. A lot of it. 

There's been a lot of attention paid, rightfully so, to the incredible production the Vikings got out of Dalvin Cook and the running game last week against the Atlanta Falcons. There's been less attention paid to the game circumstances that allowed them to stick to running the football as much as they did. 

Obviously, they were incredibly effective getting Cook on the edge throughout the game. The explosive young running back not only showcased his speed but played with some real aggression and power. 

The Vikings were certainly effective on the ground, but they were allowed to stick with Mike Zimmer's favorite method of moving the football thanks to jumping out to a quick 14 point lead that ballooned to a 28-0 advantage that the Falcons never recovered from. 

Mike Pettine is much better equipped to deal with the Vikings love of the running game after Brian Gutekunst upgraded the talent level on his side of the ball significantly this offseason, but that talent only matters if his players play a disciplined brand of football and make the tackle when its there to be made. We've seen Cook get the better of Packers defenders in space many times throughout his brief NFL tenure. Blake Martinez and company can't allow cheap yards on Sunday, and that includes newly acquired B.J. Goodson who Matt LaFleur indicated should see action against the Vikings. 

I expect Preston and Z'Darius Smith to have a strong game on the edges funneling Cook and the running game back inside. One piece of the puzzle that can't be discounted in rookie safety Darnell Savage, who played every snap last Thursday in his NFL debut. The tape shows plenty of examples of his closing speed and his ability to diagnose things quickly. Green Bay hasn't had a player like this at the safety spot but, not to get too far out over my skis here, I think Savage could be better. He's not just a speed merchant, he's a sturdy tackler who seeks out contact and isn't afraid to mix it up in the run game. Look for him to be involved from his deep safety spot when Cook looks to be busting loose. 

The Vikings passing game is a whole different problem. We, Packers fans, like to make fun of Kirk Cousins (for obvious reasons) but the guy has made a living taking it to the Packers secondary. Cousins has thrown for 1,142 yards (380.7 per game) 10 touchdowns vs. 1 interception for a 129.3 rating in 3 career games vs. Green Bay. Last season in Lambeau he threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns. This is not a guy to take lightly. (Yes, I know, I know...

The Vikings wide outs provide a big test for the Packers secondary, one which they have had trouble passing in the past. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen have been incredibly productive against the Packers, regardless of who is throwing them the football.

Diggs is coming off a quiet game against Atlanta and had been dealing with a hamstring injury, though he does not appear on this week's injury report. He's scored a touchdown in five straight games against the Packers and obliterated the Packers last year in Lambeau, bringing in nine catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns. 75 yards and one of those TDs coming on one big play that basically sparked the Vikings that afternoon. Perhaps the best thing to take away from that play? Neither member of the Packers secondary that was involved will be suiting up for Green Bay on Sunday. 

Thielen is just as much a thorn in the side of the Packers as Diggs.

The six year pro eight or more catches in four of his last five games against Green Bay. He caught 20 balls in the two games against the Packers last year. The guy produces, no matter who is throwing him the ball and no matter who is covering him. 

The key then is to limit that production. I'm not going to sit here and say an improved Packers secondary is going to suddenly shut these guys down. (Especially considering that their best corner is dealing with a knee injury that popped up during or after Wednesday's practice.) But they do have the pieces to slow down Diggs and Thielen to a point where they don't completely take over the game. They actually were doing a good job of it early in that Week 2 contest last year prior to (and stop me if you've heard this one before) Kevin King's injury and House being torched on the 75 yard bomb. 

Again, tackling becomes important. One pleasant surprise during the Bears game was how few yards after the catch the Packers corners and safeties allowed. It's a sticky group that looked to rarely be out of position and when they did allow a catch, that's where things stopped. Need to continue that trend vs a set of wide receivers who have just killed the Packers over the years. 

When The Packers Have The Ball

David Bakhtiari should play, but it's certainly something to watch over the course of the next two days. The sight of the Packers starting left tackle in street clothes during Thursday's padded practice is enough to send a shiver up the spine of fans everywhere. 

The Packers will look to get on track offensively by getting their running game going, but to me the whole key is pushing tempo in and out of the huddle. LaFleur talked about it all training camp and we saw very little carry over in Week 1. Now, that undoubtedly has to do with the fact that they were on the road, in prime time, running the offense for the first time in a hostile environment. But Aaron Rodgers and the offense need to operate with a much higher sense of urgency from the moment they step onto the field Sunday afternoon. 

For his part, Rodgers did take ownership of this aspect of the game and vowed to improve there going forward. Here's hoping we see some tangible evidence against the Vikings. 

The prime time matchup in this one is Davante Adams vs Xavier Rhodes. The two pros have had some really compelling battles over the years, though Zimmer hasn't shied away from giving Rhodes help from time to time. I don't expect that to change on Sunday, with coverage shaded toward Davante on obvious passing downs and an extra rover in the box. (Most likely Harrison Smith.) Adams may not run free all afternoon, but he has shown an uncanny ability to make things happen in space against Rhodes once the ball is in his hands. 

LaFleur used two tight ends maybe a bit more than expected in Chicago and I'm curious to see if that was more opponent specific or a foundational shift in how he plans to utilize his personnel. Sean McVay tends to stay in 11 personnel the majority of the time. Kyle Shanahan mixes it up more than McVay with many more power looks. Where does LaFleur end up? 

The Packers struggled to run the ball in any kind of meaningful way last Thursday night, which I very much expected. I do think they'll have a better showing on the ground Sunday afternoon, but I still don't expect great production from Aaron Jones and company. What I do expect to see, however, is the play action game to be utilized much more than we saw against the Bears. Getting Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks taking steps toward the line of scrimmage and working receivers in behind them is where LaFleur and Rodgers want to live on Sunday. Not that it will be easy, but I expect to see Jimmy Graham and the tight ends used on delays where they act like their helping block a defensive end and then releasing up field a few times. 

Mostly, this will be a big game of cat and mouse between Mike Zimmer and Aaron Rodgers. Yes, LaFleur calls the plays, but I've seen enough already to know that this offense is most certainly in the hands of the veteran quarterback. Maybe they spread it out and go tempo. Maybe they utilize the fullback in the passing game some more like we saw throughout the first part of training camp. Whatever wrinkles we see on Sunday will only be as effective as Rodgers allows them to be. He clearly hasn't worked on cleaning up his mechanics. He's still taking the play clock all the way down prior to the snap of the ball. He's still not playing within the rhythm of the play design. All of that is fine - if he makes it work. Complete those passes you don't step into or sling side arm (sometimes both at the same time) and exactly zero people will care. 

But the more balls we see thrown at Jimmy Graham's feet or out of the reach of a breaking-open-on-an-out-route Davante Adams, the more Rodgers' play needs to be scrutinized. It's all well and good to point to past MVP awards and shrug at the deterioration of his mechanics, but the longer he isn't productive because of it, the more it hurts this team.

All this said, there will be opportunities for big time production on Sunday and I expect Rodgers to take advantage and move the offense much more effectively than he did last Thursday. 

Alright, Enough, Who Wins The Game

It's going to be a warm, humid afternoon in Green Bay on Sunday. Long, sustained drives are going to be the order of the day on offense and getting off the field will be a priority for the defense. Get the lead and tire them out with a healthy does of Aaron Jones and well-executed play-action passing. Cousins, Cook and the Vikings offense will undoubtedly get theirs, but I expect the Packers defense to make the plays in the secondary they couldn't make in their Week 2 matchup last year. 

Give me the Packers winning by a field goal and many beers being had afterwords at Stadium View

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Duke Divine's picture

September 13, 2019 at 01:40 pm

This article has me coming back to reality a bit.... I thought per James Jones quote on Bill Michaels, "We're fittin to kill these dudes." Originally I thought there was no way Cousins was going to be able to avoid the rush and be productive due to his consistent inability to feel a rush. Now as I learn Jaire and Kind are dinged up it's got me worried. Not to mention Big Bahk in street clothes.... 24-20 Pack

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September 13, 2019 at 01:53 pm

I think the safety play is the biggest improvement on the defense. i know there is a pass rush but safety's contribute to both the run game and pass coverage. With Amos' intelligence level and Savage's speed and instincts I think Cousins makes a few mistakes that flip the game.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:18 pm

Yep. Jaire injury sent a shiver through me and Bahk ,well ,my heart just stopped. Hope both play. Hate playing Vikings in this game especially without them.

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Lare's picture

September 13, 2019 at 02:10 pm

Zimmer is no slouch and you can be sure he'll have his team prepared and playing to the best of their abilities.

Simply put, the Packers can't beat themselves- win the turnover battle, no stupid penalties, control the LOS, move the chains.

Prediction- Packers 17, Vikings 14.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 13, 2019 at 03:16 pm

"We, Packers fans, like to make fun of Kirk Cousins (for obvious reasons) but the guy has made a living taking it to the Packers secondary. Cousins has thrown for 1,142 yards (380.7 per game) 10 touchdowns vs. 1 interception for a 129.3 rating in 3 career games vs. Green Bay. Last season in Lambeau he threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns. This is not a guy to take lightly. (Yes, I know, I know...) "

That's some Old School thinking right there.

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Old School's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:59 pm

Yeah. Cousins is one of the better QBs we’re going to face this year, and he’s been one of the better QBs n the league over the last several years. And those are just the unfair facts.

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Nick Perry's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:33 pm

Stas on losing tend to get padded on losing teams. The bottom line is he's a BELOW 500 QB. Wins and losses is how they grade all great QB's at the end of the day. We that and what they do in the Playoffs which he's 0-1 losing to who? Green Bay!

Gute took over a friggen mess left by Thompson. He's done a remarkable job building the defense in what, 20 months or so? 8-7-1 last season after they went 12-4 with Keenum? Yup he sure is one of the better QB's (cough cough).

Those are the facts OS...And those are VERY fair.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 14, 2019 at 08:41 am

Exactly. So wow cousins is the champ, beating the Packers the last 2 years,when Rodgers missed most of that time, and while we sucked at times on D. How's his record in other big games throughout his career, of which there are not a great number, I suspect? He's good, but I concede nothing more than any opposing QB.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:45 pm

The facts are posted above by Aaron Nagler similar facts posted by Old School in a previous thread. Nagler got 7 thumbs up for his article OS got a littany of thumbs down.

Cousins has been a thorn in the Packers side. I'm hoping our inproved defense can keep him in check. The Falcons dug thenselves an early grave and Cousons didn't need to win the game for them when their defense dominated. The Packers needed 1 drive from Rodgers to win and that's all he could deliver.

Nagler and OS make the same point that the Packers should win with hime field advantage. It's going to be tougher than people are giving the Vikings credit for though. I'm looking forward to a battle!

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Nick Perry's picture

September 14, 2019 at 03:09 am

"Cousins has been a thorn in the Packers side."

Good point but just about every QB still breathing has been a thorn in the Packers side the last few seasons.

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mrtundra's picture

September 14, 2019 at 08:27 am

Especially when we had HHCD and Brice as DBs.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 14, 2019 at 08:41 am

Precisely NP.

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Qoojo's picture

September 14, 2019 at 10:01 am

Since 2011, the packers have made a habit out of making pedestrian QBs look like HoF material. Not saying Cousins is either of those.

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Qoojo's picture

September 14, 2019 at 10:05 am

Because posters that bring a dose of reality are frowned upon. Like Nagler said in another story, it's like MM never left, which meant a lot of the problem last year was due to Rodgers. Simply put, Rodgers needs to start executing the offense and not run down the clock, not hold the ball forever always looking for the big play while accruing sacks.

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September 14, 2019 at 03:41 pm

I wonder if Rodgers understands how much McCarthy protected him over his play the last couple of years. I remember a 2017 thread where Mojo broke down Brees rebuilding his mechanics comparing Rodgers. (Got to go back and read that..) His point back then is Brees understood that age had caught up and he needed to change. Well, it's two years later, and Aaron Rodgers is not the same player physically he was even two years ago. Father time respects no one. (a fact I am painfully aware of these days) I question if Rodgers understands his limits now and how much of that is restricting his use of the offense. Well, it's still too early for that I guess. We will have to wait and see.

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Old School's picture

September 14, 2019 at 12:15 am

He has more wins over the last four years than Rodgers. If that’s the measuring stick.

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Nick Perry's picture

September 14, 2019 at 02:59 am

LOL.... He's also played in 9 more games.

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flackcatcher's picture

September 14, 2019 at 03:22 pm

Nick, you tend to go overboard on Thompson's last few years. I do too, but for different reasons.. What Gute has done in the past two years is remarkable. Drafting is always a crap shoot and Gutes play at the table has been nothing short of amazing short term. And his free agent pickup and signings in a tight cap space really is something special, even at NFL standards. But none of this would be possible without the base that Ted Thompson built, even in his later years. We knew that this was a good team but thin at too many positions, and that a rebuild was coming. It was just a question of when, that's all. While we all are happy about the regular season starting, lets not forget that this team is still a work in progress, with many positions thin and depth uncertain. (and no replacement for RT and QB. the two most important positions on the team) Go PACK!

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Since'61's picture

September 13, 2019 at 03:46 pm

Need to get the run game going. First it will make play action much more effective. Second it will keep the Vikings offense and their weapons off the field. Cook is very fast plus he has enough power to generate yards after contact.

The interior of our OL needs to be better than they were against Chicago. Early on Rodgers needs to take what the defense gives him on the ground and in the air, assuming the OL plays effectively. Once we get the Vikings to bite on play action we can take our shots down the field.

Our defense needs to stop the run but also be prepared for plenty of play action off of Cook if the Packers over play the run. Our pass rush should be able to disrupt Cousins but if he gets time Diggs and Thielen can hurt us. Sound tackling will be required again this week.

It would be great to force a few turnovers against the Vikings.

Play with a lead, move the sticks and keep their offense off the field. Pack 23 - 13. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ‘61

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Minniman's picture

September 13, 2019 at 03:58 pm

"I expect Preston and Z'Darius Smith to have a strong game on the edges funneling Cook and the running game back inside."

Patriots and Ravens LB+DE Defense 101 - set the edge against the run as a priority.

Personally I do think that injuries are going to decide this match.

If the Packers remain healthy then I see a win for the Packers.

If a key lineman or defensive back goes down then Minnesota are good enough to capitalize.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:29 pm

Our offensive line will determine who wins.

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Since'61's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:35 pm

Agree. That is usually the case. A team goes as far as their OL takes them. Thanks, Since ‘61

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albert999's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:46 pm

Need to be looking around for backup O lineman
and scouting draft prospects for the same as a priority
GO PACK GO

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Gort's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:49 pm

Quality backup linemen not on a pro roster = the Holy Grail

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Minniman's picture

September 14, 2019 at 01:44 am

The problem is that no-one WANTS just to be a backup, anyone half-decent wants to start (i.e. JC Tretter)

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September 14, 2019 at 03:56 pm

(Sigh) JC never got the love from Packer fans. He was this teams starter at center till a freak injury in preseason. Took over when Lindsey when down, the O line never lost a beat, was a blue chip at center and a plus player at whatever offensive position on the line he played. A very rare talent. Deserve to start. Went to Cleveland, signed a big contract, started and was injured and lost for the year. Never the same player afterwords. But really, really good for the Packers.

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Coldworld's picture

September 14, 2019 at 04:18 pm

Re Holy Grail: particularly at left tackle!

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PatrickGB's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:48 pm

New players, new coaches, new scheme, old rivalry. I don’t think that this game can be compared to past games. I recently heard that “Stats are for losers”. Right now there is very little to go on. Injuries and key players coming back (like Cook) are also an unknown factor. But I do know that Rodgers can still pull off a win when the chips are down even when he is not at his best. I also saw a better defense from us than I have seen in the past. Vegas has the Pack winning by two. Often the home team is favored by three so that tells me that it will be close, very close. I think that MLF will try to get our run game going and have a lot of two tight end sets and might use the fullback more but in the end it will be up to Rodgers.

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September 13, 2019 at 04:51 pm

I just wanna put this out there.. I know Miami wants a 1st for him... But having a DB that has Amos Savage green Alexander king brown Jackson and Fitzpatrick.... Wowza...

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Cubbygold's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:14 pm

I'm all for getting better and for picking up quality players at a discount from a tanking team.

That said, this team will need to invest high draft picks for an OT, WR, QB and LB in the next three years. I'm not sure I'm comfortable giving up a 1 for a guy where GB is already deep. If I thought GB was one of the best teams in the league I'd do it in an attempt to win this year. I just don't think Fitzpatrick is the difference between GB and NE, NO, KC.

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September 14, 2019 at 08:14 am

I don't see wr in the first round this upcoming year... Maybe depending on draft position... QB this next draft isn't a bad idea.. deep class this year. ilb I think is gonna be ignored again in high picks... Burks I don't think has it.... But I guess we will see... If he does well I don't see a high pick

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jeepingmakooi's picture

September 13, 2019 at 04:51 pm

Not to mention Williams yet too...

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MikeS's picture

September 13, 2019 at 05:42 pm

Last year in the secondary, we had HaHa, Brice, and Breeland. Outside of Kenny Clark, we had marginal players on the DL. The outside linebackers were a slow Clay Mathews and a pathetic Nick Perry. Inside we had a fairly reliable Martinez. Most of that defense has been replaced and upgraded with new bigger, faster, younger, healthier players. AMos, Savage, The Smith brothers on the edges, and a new ILB to team up with Martinez. This defense has speed like it hasn't had in years. The Vikings are in for a big surprise. On offense, the biggest thing is Rogers getting rid of the ball quickly. That said , Packers win 24-17.

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Tundraboy's picture

September 14, 2019 at 08:43 am

Now that you put it that way I do feel a hell of a lot better. I'm sincerely hoping that we come in with the same attitude that we had in Chicago. Better players and some momentum on our side. And we're home.I suppose any doubt I do have, lies in the fact that I want this win so bad that I can taste it.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 14, 2019 at 02:23 am

Defense has to carry the day, I agree. Pack 20-16, hold the purple to FGs is the key.

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JHitTheB's picture

September 15, 2019 at 09:35 am

Breeland didn't play until the Washington game. We had Alexander and King, HaHa and Brice. King went down and then House got taken to the house. Now we have Amos and Savage patrolling the back end. Amos and Savage BOTH would make the play on the ball that Theilen caught between 2 defenders (HELL of a catch though) to send the game to OT. I don't see Captain Choke putting up gaudy numbers against the secondary this year. That man will be running for his life today.

Also this game Minn's secondary is really, really beat up. Mack Alexander is out today, Hughes is doubtful and likely won't play (according to VikingsWire). It's like the tables did a 180. If there was a day to get the GB pass attack going and running on all cylinders today is that day.

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Trapped in MN BUT GB fan's picture

September 13, 2019 at 06:30 pm

Well, here in Minnesota the Viking fans will be surprised if the Packers even bother to show it. Yep, once again they are on the way to the Super Bowl. They’ve got Cook so it doesn’t matter how cousins does. Besides, cousins is going to be different than all his previous years. I just keep my mouth shut until they bomb. Then I don’t say anything because the Viking fans won’t talk about their super bowl-not team. Go Pack!

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:05 pm

Just keep thanking them for Troy Williamson & Erasmus James.
That 2005 Draft was the last draft/year that I lived in that awful ilhan omar state. And that draft & their 2 picks are still blessing us.

https://www.facebook.com/1955645308046440/posts/2401916096752690/?sfnsn=mo

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Trapped in MN BUT GB fan's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:00 pm

Well, I got a really good job at Mayo Clinic and there are almost as many Packer fans here as viqueen fans. Have enjoyed watching the Viking fans choke on their own words for the last 45 years. As I have said many times you aren’t a super bowl team until you win a super bowl.

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albert999's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:09 pm

Rodgers has to get rid of the ball
Everything else will take care of itself
Rip that ball out of cooks hands

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mrtundra's picture

September 14, 2019 at 08:33 am

Let's see if Cook rips his knee apart tripping over Lambeau turf.

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September 14, 2019 at 08:46 am

I don't want to see anybody get hurt but honestly after the whole Barr thing with Rodgers, I'm not going to cry about someone's injury after all that happens to us.

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cms's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:18 pm

"Whatever wrinkles we see on Sunday will only be as effective as Rodgers allows them to be."

I appreciate the criticism of Rogers. It's been so long since GB has had an efficeint, flowing offense, I can hardly remember it. We need QB1 to drop back, plant his foot and throw the ball on time. Period. Trust your skill players to make plays! Don't overthink this Aaron!

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albert999's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:48 pm

Rodgers that!

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 13, 2019 at 09:07 pm

It's not that easy.
Gone are the days when we had 4 or 5 great & reliable WR/TEs.
Now there's one...... Rodgers thinks he has to do it all....and he often does. But feed Jones out of the backfield.

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albert999's picture

September 13, 2019 at 11:33 pm

Get Dez Bryant

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September 13, 2019 at 09:08 pm

cms: "It's been so long since GB has had an efficeint, flowing offense, I can hardly remember it."

I don’t know about “efficient and flowing” but is 2016 really that long ago? The Packers were 8th in yards and 4th in points scored that season. Rodgers had 40 TDs, 7 INTs for a 104.2 rating. Pretty efficient. I know it’s more and more a ‘what have you done for me lately (yesterday)’ world but I’m old and I can still remember that season.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:07 pm

2014 spoiled us as Packer fans.

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hobowilly's picture

September 13, 2019 at 11:07 pm

except for the late game NFCC game mismanagement by MM, costing them the game and Aaron's second trip to the SB

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ThxJackVainisi's picture

September 14, 2019 at 05:59 pm

Ted Thompson doesn't get the credit he deserves for putting that team together. It was good enough to win the NFCC game and the Super Bowl. What happened at the end of the game wasn't Thompson's fault IMO.

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JHitTheB's picture

September 15, 2019 at 09:09 am

AR had Davante, Jordy, and Cobb to throw to. Now he has Davante...and who?

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September 13, 2019 at 08:19 pm

Cousins is what, 4-25 against teams with winning records? People are ripping Trubisky hard this week, mostly because of unrealistic expectations, but he wasn't careless with the football. I'm hoping this week we get a chance to watch this defense with a lead and smelling blood. The type of defense that can smother the vikings offense and turn the game quickly

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Tundraboy's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:38 pm

"I'm hoping this week we get a chance to watch this defense with a lead and smelling blood. "

Yes!

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 14, 2019 at 02:29 am

They will try to roll Cousins away from pressure and try the backside toss, but this group with the Smiths and the exceptional safety play will shut down that gameplan. Big day for Kenny Clark.

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Coldworld's picture

September 14, 2019 at 05:56 am

That’s why I could see us using Gary more too

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mrtundra's picture

September 14, 2019 at 08:35 am

Now you are talking!

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Spock's picture

September 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

Cubbygold, I agree with most of what you said but disagree with, "... Trubisky ... wasn't careless with the football." There were multiple times when the Packers could have come down with interceptions. Trubisky didn't seem "careful" to my eyes. In any case a less mobile Cousins should have our secondary feasting if the front 7 the Packers showed us in the first game is for real. I can't remember the last time I saw the Packers only rush 4 and believing they could still get a sack!

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albert999's picture

September 13, 2019 at 08:49 pm

We stop cook and make him cough up the ball and intercept cousins and this cold be a blowout for the Pack

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Tundraboy's picture

September 13, 2019 at 10:39 pm

What's not to like about that?

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hobowilly's picture

September 13, 2019 at 11:05 pm

So sorry i won't be able to watch it here in S Cal, we get the 'skins & cowgirls. Alas, we'll listen to Wayne & Larry call what should be a barn burner; so far i've loved how GB has prepared and it'll be so rewarding if they (again) bring their game faces and confident swagger to defend their turf. Out is MM with his boring play calling and in is more motion and a hungry, prideful offense that has something to prove. Also gone, but not from memory, is the idiotic game stealer call on CM3..so, let's hope the officials can call a fair game. No injuries please on either side!

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albert999's picture

September 13, 2019 at 11:36 pm

Get the nfl ticket and watch every game
That’s what I do in Mexico
Where do you listen to it? What station? On line? Free?

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trailmarker6's picture

September 15, 2019 at 11:10 am

WTMJ is online and free to listen to as the Packers radio central.

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EddieLeeIvory's picture

September 14, 2019 at 07:29 am

Cheap: go to a Sports bar, even Buffalo Wild Wings
Spendy: get the Sunday Ticket

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Fastenerpuller's picture

September 14, 2019 at 12:15 pm

I’m in San Francisco- I use an app called “pro radio” to listen to Wayne & Larry, and I stream the games (shhh don’t tell the NFL) through Reddit at r/nflstreams. If you have no other means to watch, you should definitely try the reddit streams. It can be a bit buggy but I usually get it to work. My brother has Sunday ticket and man sometimes it doesn’t work! I wish NFL would create an ala carte team pass.

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Cubbygold's picture

September 15, 2019 at 07:22 am

Yup. I'm in Rochester, MN. It's the black hole of packers fandom. I'm outside packers local networks AND NFL sunday ticket blacks out the games because I'm considered local.

Going to try that radio app

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marpag1's picture

September 14, 2019 at 05:17 pm

For all of the hype that Dalvin Cook is getting, I would have thought that he had done something more than just 111 yards against last year's 25th ranked rushing defense.

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trailmarker6's picture

September 15, 2019 at 11:13 am

I thought the Falcons looked awful. No flow, no containment. Made running look easy. The Bears want to run the ball and struggled against our new look defense.

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