We’ve Met Before: Packers at Vikings


I’ll keep this one brief; I think we’re all familiar with the recent history between the Vikings and Packers.

Series: Packers lead 51-48-1

Last Meeting(s): The Packers swept the Vikings in 2010, winning 28-24 in Week 7 and 31-3 in Week 11. The Vikings still had Brad Childress, Brett Favre, and Randy Moss for the first game, and Minnesota had the ball at the Packers’ 20 yard line with 28 seconds left. On fourth and 15, Favre fell down, got up, and threw the ball over Moss’ head in the back of the end zone and that was that. Favre’s three second half interceptions were basically the difference. The second game was barely contested. Aaron Rodgers torched the Vikings, throwing four touchdowns at the Metrodome.

Streak(s): Minnesota has had two three-game winning streaks since 2000, but Green Bay has mostly owned the series since the turn of the century. The Packers are 14-9 since the 2000 season, with one of those losses coming in the playoffs (I have to mention that, naturally). Since 2002, the loser has been within one score 14 times out of 19 games, but the Packers won games by 28 and 34 during that time. Rodgers is 3-3 against the Vikings. Christian Ponder is 0-0 against the Packers.

Peterson: Adrian Peterson has good numbers against all three NFC North teams. He averages 4.9 yards per carry against Green Bay and has five touchdowns in eight games. I was surprised to see that Peterson has at least one catch in every game against the Packers. He has 807 career yards against Green Bay; if he can get to 1,000 on Sunday, the Vikings might have a chance.

Harvin: Percy Harvin has 14 catches for 200 yards in four games against the Packers. He has one rushing and one receiving touchdown.

Allen: Jared Allen only has dougle-digit sacks against one team in his career: the Packers. He has 10 sacks against Green Bay and 9.5 against both the Lions and Bears (that includes his time as a Chief). He also has recorded two safeties and an interception against the Packers. Those are some pretty amazing stats for a defensive lineman in just seven games.

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