Green Bay Packers: Weather Could Play a Big Factor in Monday Game

David SankovichContributor ISeptember 7, 2008

On Monday night, the Green Bay Packers will start their first Brett Favre-less season in over 16 years. Most Packers fans imagined themselves panicking during the year following Favre's retirement, but Ryan Grant and a dominant defense have provided Packers fans plenty of reason to hope for another division title.

On Monday night, all Packers fans will get their first official glimpse at the immediate future of their beloved Green Bay Packers. If the Packers are to win, they will have to overcome more than the nerves of Aaron Rodgers.

There is a 90 percent chance of rain Monday night with temperatures in the mid-50s. These weather conditions would normally benefit the Packers' offense, since their focus this year will mainly be on the run with an unproven quarterback.

Unfortunately, the Packers are playing the Vikings who, anchored by Pat and Kevin Williams, had the No. 1 run defense in all of football last year. That run defense can only improve with the acquisition of DE Jared Allen from the Kansas City Chiefs to take some of the blockers away from Williams and Williams.

With slick conditions forecasted for Monday night, Ryan Grant and the Packers' offensive line must control the line of scrimmage and not let the Vikings' defensive line take over the game and force Aaron Rodgers to throw in very difficult passing conditions.