Why Aaron Rodgers Will Continue His Dominance over the Minnesota Vikings

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Why Aaron Rodgers Will Continue His Dominance over the Minnesota Vikings
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

If one thing is a given in the game Sunday night at Mall of America Field between the 4-2 Green Bay Packers and the 1-5 Minnesota Vikings, it's that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play very well.

Some say history is a blueprint for the future, and if that's true, expect No. 12 to have another big night at the place formerly known as the Metrodome.

Although Rodgers is only 6-4 versus the Vikings in the regular season, and only 2-3 on the road against Minnesota, he certainly lights it up in the stats department.

In 10 regular-season games against the Vikings, Rodgers has thrown 24 touchdown passes, compared to just four picks for 2,840 yards. That adds up to a 116.4 quarterback rating.

Rodgers also beat the Vikings last postseason at Lambeau Field, when he threw a touchdown pass without an interception for 274 yards and a quarterback rating of 104.8.

Pretty good, huh?

It's even better in Minneapolis. In five games against the Vikes at the place the Packers once considered a "house of horrors" in the 1990s, Rodgers has 13 touchdown passes versus just one pick for 1,527 yards. The passer rating for those games comes to 123.1

Expect Rodgers to be very effective this Sunday night, even with the Packers definitely missing a key weapon like wide receiver Randall Cobb (broken leg) and most likely missing wide receiver James Jones (knee), who led the NFL in touchdown receptions in 2012.

In addition, talented tight end Jermichael Finley is dealing with a very serious neck injury suffered against the Cleveland Browns, which had him in the intensive care unit last Sunday night in Green Bay.

So how can Rodgers overcome that situation?

Rodgers always finds the open guy, whether it's a wide receiver like Jordy Nelson (32 receptions for 526 yards and five touchdowns this year) or Jarrett Boykin (eight catches for 103 yards and a touchdown last week), or another pass-catching option, such as a tight end or a running back.

The secondary of the Vikings will also help the cause of Rodgers. Minnesota is ranked 29th in the NFL in pass defense, and gives up an average almost 289 yards a game through the air.

Rodgers averages over 317 yards a game passing in 2013, as he has thrown 13 touchdown passes, versus just four interceptions for 1,906 yards in six games. That equates to a quarterback rating of 104.5.

Another factor which will help Rodgers is the new and improved running game of the Packers, which keeps opposing defenses off balance. The Packers are sixth in the NFL in rushing, and they average over 134 yards a game running the rock.

Rookie running back Eddie Lacy has rushed for 301 yards just by himself the past three games.

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Bottom line, Rodgers will face some pass pressure from time to time from defensive end Jared Allen as he goes up against rookie left tackle David Bakhtiari. Allen has four sacks thus far in 2013, and 16 career sacks against the Packers.

Still, Rodgers has seen that before from Allen in the past, and he still always puts up big numbers against the Vikings.

That dominance will continue in a nationally televised game on NBC on Sunday night.

 

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