Charles Woodson sat across from Pam Oliver during an interview for the Fox pre-game show, and the inevitable question came up. Would you want another shot at Favre and the Vikings?
The Packers were on a roll, getting closer and closer to securing a playoff spot. You could see Woodson's jaw tense up, and if you looked hard enough, I think you could see the smoke coming out of his ears and the foam starting to drip from his mouth.
Woodson did his best to laugh, then said he'd like to play them, because he knows to get to where the Packers want to go, they'll have to beat them first.
But Woodson and the rest of the Packers know that the defense that the Vikings faced twice was the vanilla 3-4 defense that Woodson complained so openly about. The Packers have gone away from that.
The Packers know that Clay Matthews has been a force in the last month, and they know that this is a great time for the Vikings' offensive tackles to be struggling if they do play.
The Packers know that the Vikings probably don't even know who Brad Jones is, because they've never played against him. But when the Vikings just look for the weak spot in the Packers' 3-4 defense, Aaron Kampman isn't there anymore. Then the Vikings will soon find out who Brad Jones is.
The Packers know that when they played the Vikings, their offensive line was in quite a mess both times. It's not anymore. Sack numbers have dropped dramatically, and Aaron Rodgers has made an effort to get the ball out of his hands.
The Packers just watched Matt Moore and Jay Cutler go crazy on the Vikings defense. Something called Brandon Aaroshamandu made Antoine Winfield look like he's 60 (but Winfield is only average in coverage, anyway), and the vaunted Vikings pass rush couldn't get to Cutler even when it blitzed.
The bottom line is this—the Packers' offense and defense are each much improved from the first two meetings between these two teams, and the Vikings' offense and defense now have serious issues.
Let the games begin.