By Ryan Patrterson
How are the Green Bay Packers doing without Hall Of Fame
Quarterback Brett Favre? I think most of the cheeseheads would say
just fine, and I would have to agree. They have been through some
tough games but are still hanging in there at 4-4. Their most recent
game was a heartbreaking loss to the 8-0 Tennessee Titans. The game
went to overtime but ultimately the Packers relented, losing the
I love that they were able to play the Titans so close. Tennessee is
arguably the best team in the country, so that shows that the
Packers can play with anybody. Their opponent this week is a big
rival, and they are also 4-4. You guessed, they will be butting
heads with the Minnesota Vikings. This game will be especially
competitive because they are neck and neck in the standings.
The Vikings enter this game on a win, but dropped their first game
of the year to the Packers. From 4 wins, one of them came against
the 0-8 Detriot Lions, and another against the 3-5 Houston Texans.
They are having a hard time playing against winning teams, but did
pick up a win against the 6-2 Carolina Panthers. The Vikings enter
the game with some momentum, having won three of their last four.
Lets take a look at some of the stars on this team.
These guys would be nowhere without RB Adrian Peterson. He has put
up 100 yards for three consecutive games, bringing his total yards
for the season to 823. Peterson has also rushed for 8 touchdowns. He
is averaging 4.7 YPG on the ground. When playing Green Bay earlier
this year, he picked up 103 yards on 19 attempts. The Packers rank
29th in the NFL against the run so Adrian Peterson should have a
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After beating the Vikings in the first game of the year the Packers
cruised to an easy 48-25 win over the still win less Detroit Lions.
They went from there to drop three straight games to Dallas, Tampa
Bay, and Atlanta. They have since got their act together coming up
with a win on the road against Seattle, and beating Indianapolis at
If they are going to make it three wins in a row, they MUST contain
Peterson. Their rush defense ranks 27th in the league so their
ability to do so is questionable at best. Their best bet is running
the score up by utilizing Aarron Rodgers and the passing game. Their
pass offense ranks 9th in the league, and the Vikings pass defense
Rodgers has been magnificent at QB this year, throwing 13 TDs and 5
INTs thus far in 2008. He has amassed 1,982 yards in passing. His QB
rating is superb at 95.3. Donald Driver has been one of his main
weapons, catching three TD passes. He has also picked up 466 yards.
He pales in comparison to Greg Jennings, who has picked up 764 yards
and 4 TDs. Rodgers needs to use both of these guys wisely to put
points on the board.
Minnesota is a 2.5 point favorite. I expect this game to be very
close. The Vikings will have homefield but their lose to the Pack
earlier this year is a bit concerning. I will use that as my basis
for picking the Green Bay Packers to win. I think Rodgers is going
to have a huge game and lead his team in a way that would make Favre
proud. Regardless of who you bet, don't forget to check
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