Green Bay, Wis. (WBAY) — As the Green Bay Packers (1-0) prepare to face the Minnesota Vikings (1-0) on Sunday Night Football, here are our ‘Fast 5 Pack Facts.’
#1 Road Sweet Road?: The Packers have won 3 straight games in Minnesota, and will look to keep that success rolling as the Vikings open their brand new billion-dollar US Bank Stadium. Furthermore, Green Bay went 3-0 in divisional road games last year (but inexplicably went 0-3 at home vs. the NFC North).
#2 Tough Start: The Packers are accustomed to starting the season in the road — this is the 4th straight year they have done so. But it has been 92 YEARS since Green Bay has started the season with 2 CONSECUTIVE road games. Green Bay visitied the Duluth Kelleys and the Chicago Cardinals to start the 1924 season.
#3 Peterson Problems?: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson secured an NFL MVP award the last time Minnesota beat Green Bay at home. The year was 2012, and Peterson ran for 199 yards in the season finale to finish the season just short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record. But in the 5 games AP has played against GB since that date, he has cracked 100 yards rushing only once. This year the 31 year-old may finally be slowing down (or just experiencing a slow start to the season). Peterson rushed 19 times for only 31 yards in Week 1.
#4 Sans Shields: The Packers must play without top cornerback Sam Shields, who suffered a concussion in the final mintutes at Jacksonville last week. Shields, enduring the 5th reported concussion of his NFL career, is hoping to make it back sooner rather than later. He missed 4 full games after suffering a concussion last year. Without Shields, the Packers must rely on Quinten Rollins and LaDarius Gunter, who both had their struggles in Week 1.
#5 Rodger That: Aaron Rodgers has 35 career TD passes and only 5 interceptions against Minnesota. In the last 7 meetings? 15 TD’s and only 1 INT! The only interception in those last 7 meetings came in the season finale at home last year, when the Vikings won to claim the NFC North division crown.
Prediction: Packers, 28, Vikings 23
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