Oct 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings (15) talks with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) following the game at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Packers defeated the Vikings 44-31. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
As late as Sunday morning, there was still some question whether Greg Jennings would be able to suit up for the Vikings today at Lambeau Field. But now it’s been confirmed, Jennings will be active and will start for the Vikes against his old team the Green Bay Packers.
Jennings was a question mark all week after missing last Sunday’s game with a bad Achilles. You had to figure however that Jennings would make every effort to get on the field for the Vikings’ match-up with the team that let him go. Jennings has his eye on revenge after the Packers made little effort to re-sign him despite years of valuable service to the franchise.
Jennings can expect a less-than-warm welcome in Green Bay after a somewhat acrimonious divorce from the Packers. Of course Jennings himself is responsible for some of the ill will after the perceived shots he took at Aaron Rodgers during the offseason.
Jennings has since chalked those “shots” up to a couple of friends trading barbs, but Packer fans don’t seem to be buying it. They are angry at Jennings for being a “traitor” – a bizarre attitude given the Packers’ obvious disinterest in retaining the receiver’s services.
Somehow, in the minds of Packer fans, leaving a team that doesn’t want you and signing a lucrative contract elsewhere makes you Benedict Arnold. In their defense, they are pretty drunk. And not that smart even when they’re sober.
Jennings will get booed by the drunk cheeseheads, but he’ll quickly put that out of his mind and get down to the business of playing football. The Vikings are looked upon as long-shots in Lambeau today but I think they have a good chance. It’s not like the Packers are some kind of juggernaut.