4 things to watch in the Vikings Week 2 game vs. the Packers

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer – Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer – Minnesota Vikings /

Can the Vikings defeat the Packers?

Lambeau Field is a tough place for anyone to win at, but for a rival like the Vikings, it becomes even tougher. The good news is that with droves of fans making the trip to Green Bay, there should be a strong contingent of purple-clad fans in the bleachers even if they aren’t the ones making the most noise.

Many people are back on the bandwagon after the Packers’ victory over the Bears, but I’m just not sold. Outside of one four-play drive that gave Green Bay their only touchdown, Rodgers looked lost and was handing out his trademark stone-cold death stares to his receivers for not catching his passes that were lobbed to the sideline.

It also remains to be seen if the quarterback the Packers shut down, Mitchell Trubisky, was a true test on the road or a case of a young player crashing back to reality after a season that was too good to be true.

Coming into this game, we have a good idea who the Vikings are. They’re a team that wants to get ahead and use the running game to keep the ball away from the opposing offense and with Rodgers on the opposite sideline, you can bet that will be the game plan that Mike Zimmer will want to use.

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Although they will need more from their passing game, the Vikings have enough strong qualities to pick up a road victory and take early control of the NFC North.

Prediction: Vikings 24, Packers 13