Packers vs. Vikings: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

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Packers vs. Vikings: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More
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In one of the most fascinating games of the NFL season's final weekend, Adrian Peterson and his Minnesota Vikings can clinch an improbable playoff berth. All they have to do is beat the Green Bay Packers.

Not so fast. The Packers will have something to play for on this Sunday as well. They can clinch a first-round bye with a win at the Metrodome. Plus, they looked in 2011 form with a 55-7 shellacking of Tennessee in Week 16.

While the postseason intrigue looms over this matchup, Peterson has some individual milestones in his sights that could alter the NFL history books. The Vikings star needs 102 yards to break the vaunted 2,000-yard mark, and 208 to break Eric Dickerson’s all-time record of 2,105.

Can Peterson catch Dickerson? Well, he did have 210 yards in their last meeting with the Packers. 

It will be an all-Vikings day at the Metrodome, or Minnesota's season finish in 2012.

For now, read on to prepare for this historic rivalry.

 

Where: Metrodome, Minneapolis

When: Sunday, Dec. 30 at 4:25 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket

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Spread: Packers (-3.5), Over/Under: 46 (both via Vegas Insider)

The Packers are getting love from Vegas bookmakers, getting 3.5 points on the road. That means on a neutral site they would be favorites by just under a touchdown.

While Green Bay did impress in a 48-point romping last week, Minnesota had an equally impressive win over Houston. Both teams are coming in hot and should play within one score.

 

Injury Report (via CBS Sports as of Dec. 25, 2012)

Green Bay Packers

WR

Randall Cobb

SHOULDER

PROBABLE

TE

Tom Crabtree

HAMSTRING

OUT

RB

Alex Green

CONCUSSION

QUESTIONABLE

G

T.J. Lang

CONCUSSION, ILLNESS

PROBABLE

WR

Jordy Nelson

HAMSTRING

OUT

QB

Aaron Rodgers

ANKLE

PROBABLE

C

Jeff Saturday

NECK, SHOULDER

PROBABLE

RB

James Starks

KNEE

OUT

S

Charles Woodson

COLLARBONE

OUT

DE

Jerel Worthy

HAMSTRING

QUESTIONABLE

Minnesota Vikings

DE

Jared Allen

SHOULDER

PROBABLE

DE

Everson Griffen

ELBOW

PROBABLE

T

Matt Kalil

ILLNESS

PROBABLE

P

Chris Kluwe

LEFT KNEE, RIGHT GROIN

PROBABLE

T

Phil Loadholt

KNEE

PROBABLE

RB

Adrian Peterson

ABDOMEN, GROIN

PROBABLE

CB

Antoine Winfield

KNEE

PROBABLE





 

Fantasy Big Plays

Green Bay: James Jones

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Usually regarded as the afterthought third receiver in Green Bay, Jones has been able to enter the spotlight due to a few injuries and an impressive rapport with Aaron Rodgers.

The relationship looks even more impressive in the red zone, where Jones has collected the majority of his 13 touchdowns this year.

When Greg Jennings reentered the lineup, it was thought Jones would have to take a backseat. However, the young receiving talent has made up for Jordy Nelson's absence in a big way.

Jones may not wow with numbers, but he's certainly an efficient option for fantasy day, one that you will regret leaving on the bench when Sunday afternoon comes along.

 

Minnesota: Adrian Peterson

Why Peterson's year has been so remarkable (via ESPN).

Yes, I'm going with the obvious pick in Peterson. Otherwise, there isn't much else to choose from. 

As he heads toward a 2,000-yard campaign and maybe more, the Vikes will feed him carries as much as possible.

Also, it helps Peterson's fantasy owners that he is their main source of offense. If they fall behind by a touchdown or two early on, they won't panic into the passing game.

They will continue to run the ball no matter the situation. It is their best offense. 

 

Key to Victory: Can the Vikings Secondary Slow Down the Packers Spread Offense?

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The Vikings defense has been a surprisingly stout unit this season.

They kept the almighty Texans out of the end zone last Sunday, the first time since 2006. Considering the length of that streak, this Minnesota defense may be something special.

It can truly make its mark as a notable unit by keeping Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense at bay. In their first meeting at Lambeau, the Vikes gave them all they could handle, but could not muster enough offense down the stretch.

Now with the home crowd behind it, Minnesota's defense may need an even better game to ultimately take the victory. They will be without Percy Harvin once again and will not be able to keep up in a shootout.

Hence, the game tempo and eventual outcome rests in the effort of Leslie Frazier's unit.

 

Prediction

The Vikings have shown that they can play tough with most squads. Against running-intensive teams like Houston and San Francisco, they had their way.

It will be a whole different challenge stopping Aaron Rodgers and Co.

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The Packers offense hasn’t been as explosive as last season, but they can run out the clock with their passing attack and out up points when necessary.

They showed that they didn’t have to stop Peterson when he rushed for over 200 and they still won.

That’s why he can run for as many yards as he wants (and I think will break the rushing record regardless of the steep number to do it). As long as he doesn’t finish off runs with touchdowns, the Packers will live with the result.

The X-factor to Minnesota’s playoff hopes comes down to Christian Ponder. Their quarterback will need to make plays in critical situations, under duress and potentially with the season on the line.

At this juncture, I can’t see that happening with a Green Bay team coming into form.

Final Score: Green Bay 23, Minnesota 20

 

Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report.

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