Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers: Rodgers to Make the Difference in Close Contest?
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will travel to the US Bank Stadium for what will be an NFC North grudge match against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, October 15. Both teams are eyeing up top spot in the division and a win here may turn out to be huge in the context of building early momentum in the NFC.
Minnesota have won just twice in their last nine games against the Packers and the visitors will be quietly confident of snagging another victory over their arch-rivals. Rodgers is playing at a career-high level and this Vikings defence may struggle to slow Green Bay down if Mike McCarthy’s men go for the jugular early on.
If the Packers build a comfortable lead in the first half, Green Bay could run away with this one – especially as Minnesota rookie Dalvin Cook has now been ruled out for the rest of the campaign. The former Florida State product suffered the injury in the 14-7 defeat to the Detroit Lions and the Vikings may struggle without him. Following that, Minnesota are now a +500 shot with 888Sport to top the division this year.
Jordy Nelson has been in supreme form as of late and, barring any late injury news, he looks set for a showdown with talented cornerback Xavier Rhodes. The Vikings star has kept the likes of Mike Evans, Antonio Brown and Michael Thomas out of the end zone and he will be looking forward to going up against Nelson – Rhodes thrives on competition.
Without a doubt, Rhodes is one of the best defensive players in the NFL but Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will be confident of edging this one. It won’t be easy but the Packers can secure a huge win as they look to retain the NFC North title.
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