Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is stopped by the Green Bay Packers defense during the fourth quarter at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings at Packers: TV Schedule, Game Time, Odds, Injury Report, Preview


 

The 2-8 Minnesota Vikings visit the 5-5 Green Bay Packers, Sunday, November 14. Kick-off is at Noon CT from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The game will be televised on FOX (visit 506 Sports to see what games are scheduled in your area).

Point Spread: Green Bay -4

Over/Under: 43.5

Injury Report:

Minnesota

Greg Jennings WR Achilles Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Matt Asiata RB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Adrian Peterson RB Groin Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Josh Robinson CB Chest Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Letroy Guion DT Chest Full Participation in Practice Probable
Kyle Rudolph TE Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Erin Henderson LB Not Injury Related Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Christian Ponder QB left Shoulder Full Participation in Practice Probable
Michael Mauti LB Knee Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
John Sullivan C Concussion Limited Participation in Practice Questionable
Chad Greenway LB Wrist Full Participation in Practice Probable
Fred Evans DT Knee Full Participation in Practice Probable
Rhett Ellison TE Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
Brian Robison DE Neck Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Jared Allen DE Back Full Participation in Practice Probable

Green Bay

Mike Neal DE Abdomen Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Nick Perry LB Foot Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Don Barclay T Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
James Nixon CB Knee Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Casey Hayward CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Clay Matthews LB Thumb Full Participation in Practice Probable
Evan Dietrich-Smith C Knee Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Sam Shields CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice Questionable
Johnny Jolly DE Groin Did Not Participate In Practice Doubtful
Ryan Pickett DT Knee Limited Participation in Practice Probable
Aaron Rodgers QB Collarbone Did Not Participate In Practice Out
Andy Mulumba LB Ankle Full Participation in Practice Probable
Micah Hyde CB Groin Did Not Participate In Practice Probable

Preview

Minnesota returned to their losing ways last week, getting trounced by the Seahawks 41-20. The Vikings now limp into Green Bay to face a Packers team that is itself in dire straits, having lost their last three to fall to 5-5. The Packers are in serious jeopardy of falling out of the playoff race, making this a virtual must-win for the boys in green and gold.

The Packers will once again take the field without their leader Aaron Rodgers, who is at least a week away from returning. Scott Tolzien has been passable in a backup role, but now he is facing true pressure with the Packers’ season on the line. The Vikings will go with Christian Ponder, who found himself riding the pines for the fourth quarter against Seattle after a pair of brutal picks, one of which was returned for a TD.

The Vikings will once again be short handed on defense, with Erin Henderson out for personal reasons and Brian Robison possibly out with a strained neck. Offensively, they should have Greg Jennings back from an Achilles problem. Adrian Peterson has been nursing a bad groin but is expected to play.

The Vikings’ defense was shredded by Seattle, and could face more of the same against a balanced Packer offense featuring running back Eddie Lacy. The Packers’ pass protection has been good this season, so the Vikings may have trouble working up a pass rush. Green Bay’s defense has been bad lately, but can Christian Ponder play well enough to exploit their weaknesses? Can Adrian Peterson crank it up like he did against Green Bay last season?

The Vikings have a real shot here to pull off the upset and deal a potentially crippling blow to the Packers’ playoff hopes.

Prediction

Vikings 24, Packers 21

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