Week 17 Preview: Packers vs. Vikings
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Posted Dec 29, 2012


We have everything you need to know, from streaks, stats and notes to our fearless prediction, as the Packers and Vikings collide in a critical season-ending showdown.

GREEN BAY (11-4) at MINNESOTA (9-6)

KICKOFF and TV: Sunday, 4:25 p.m. FOX.

OPENING LINE: Packers by 3.

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Green Bay 9-6; Minnesota 8-7.

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 54-48-1.

AP PRO32 RANKING: Packers No. 3; Vikings No. 12.

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Vikings 23-14, Dec. 2

LAST WEEK: Packers beat Titans 55-7; Vikings beat Texans 23-6.

PACKERS INJURY REPORT: Out: RB James Starks (knee); DB Charles Woodson (collarbone). Doubtful: CB Davon House (shoulder/hip). Questionable: WR Randall Cobb (ankle/knee). Probable: TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring); K Mason Crosby (illness); C Evan Dietrich Smith (knee), RB Alex Green (concussion); WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring); C Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder); G Josh Sitton (concussion); DE C.J. Wilson (knee); DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring).

VIKINGS INJURY REPORT: Questionable: DE Brian Robison (shoulder); CB Antoine Winfield (hand). Probable: DE Jared Allen (shoulder/illness); P Chris Kluwe (left knee); OT Phil Loadholt (knee); RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen); CB Marcus Sherels (quad).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Packers have won 12 straight against NFC North opponents, tied for longest since realignment in 2002. A win would help them surpass Colts from 2004-06 and Ravens from 2010-12 for longest streak of new alignment era. ... Packers have won four in row and 10 of last 11. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 5,927 yards, 49 TDs and just eight INTs in 20 career games indoors. His 116.1 QB rating indoors is best in NFL history. ... Rodgers has thrown 20 TDs and four INTs in nine career starts vs. Vikings. ... Packers averaging 129.9 yards per game on ground, seventh in NFL, over last seven games. ... Fifteen of last 20 regular-season games between these rivals have been decided by seven points or less. ... Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 102 yards away from 2,000 for season and 208 away from breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record set in 1984. He rushed for 210 in a loss to Packers Dec. 2. ... Peterson has rushed for more yards (1,243) against Packers than any other opponent. ... Vikings lead NFL with 29 runs of at least 20 yards and seven runs of at least 50. ... Vikings DE Jared Allen has 15 sacks in 10 career games vs. Packers, his most against any team.

PACKER REPORT PREDICTION (13-2): So often, games are decided by desperation. Never mind the talent and the matchups. Who needs the win? What team will have that extra bit of hunger? That — and Minnesota’s raucous domefield advantage — gives the Vikings an indisputable edge as their entire season rides on Sunday’s outcome. Still, Aaron Rodgers is infinitely better than young Christian Ponder. Donald Driver can’t get on the field more more than a handful of snaps for the Packers. He might be the Vikings’ No. 1 receiver. Adrian Peterson is having an MVP-worthy season, but when he tore the Packers to shreds four weeks ago, he didn't have to face Clay Matthews and C.J. Wilson. The Packers are hitting their stride on offense and on defense. On Sunday, talent will trump desperation. Packers 24, Vikings 17.




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