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MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 21:  Brandon Jackson #32 of the Green Bay Packers is kept from scoring by Chris Cook #31 of the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 21, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings will let Christian Ponder start off his career in grand fashion by having him make his first NFL start against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

At 1-5, the Vikings' season is almost already relegated to spoiler status. And in this case they will be trying to spoil the Packers' currently perfect season. That will certainly be a tall order.

 

Where: Mall of America Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota

When: Sunday, October 23rd at 4:15 p.m. EST

Watch: Fox

Listen: Full list of Green Bay Packers radio networks, full list of Minnesota Vikings radio networks

Betting Line: Bodog Sports has taken this betting line off.

 

Green Bay Packers Injury Report

Wednesday's Practice Report according to NFL.com

Minnesota Vikings Injury Report

Wednesday's Practice Report according to NFL.com

 

Fantasy Start 'Em, Sit 'Em and Sleeper

Start 'Em: WR Jordy Nelson

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2: Jordy Nelson #87 of the Green Bay Packers does a Lambeau Leap after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
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Nelson is ready for a big week. Football Outsiders ranks the Vikings 29th in defending No. 2 receivers. Look for the crafty Rodgers to exploit this early and often.

 

Sit 'Em: WR Percy Harvin

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 02:  Wide receiver Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings scrambles for a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter on October 2, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Peter A
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Harvin is banged up, and he has a rookie QB. The Packers have been getting torched in the pass this year, but look for them to try and take away Harvin first in their pass defense. That is going to make it hard for Ponder to find him.

 

Sleeper: RB James Starks

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 2:James Starks #44 of the Green Bay Packers runs past Joe Mays #51 and Derrick Harvey #95 of the Denver Broncos at Lambeau Field on October 2, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke /Getty Images)
Matt Ludtke/Getty Images

Starks could be worth a flex start here. The Packers are going to try and get this running game going to finish off a lead. They couldn't do it last week, but I expect them to commit to it in this one, and Starks will benefit.


Green Bay Packers Player to Watch: QB Aaron Rodgers

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 16: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks to pass the ball against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field on October 16, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers beat the Rams 24-3.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images
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Rodgers in on a very short list of the game's best QBs. He is playing at an unbelievably high level. He and the Packers' offense are putting on a passing clinic every time they step on the field. This alone is almost always worth the price of admission.

 

Minnesota Vikings Player to Watch: QB Christian Ponder 

A first-round rookie making his first NFL start—what's not to like about that? Ponder is full of potential, but he is also likely to look like a disaster on some plays.

This is the game to watch him with a critical eye and go overboard with long-ranging projections on one performance.


Key Matchup: Adrian Peterson vs. Green Bay Packers' defense

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings breaks through the Green Bay Packers defense during their game at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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If the Vikings are going to have any chance in this game, then Adrian Peterson is going to have to dominate. He is going to have to get consistently positive yards to keep the sticks moving and consequently keep the Packers' offense off the field as much as possible.

 

On the Hot Seat: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Head coach Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings looks on in the fourth quarter of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 18, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Buccaneers
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Frazier's Vikings are 1-5. That kind of record does not promote long-term job stability. Frazier is starting a rookie QB now, and he needs to hope he can help spark this offense to life.


Prediction: Packers 27, Vikings 13

The Packers have way too much firepower for the Vikings. I expect the Vikings too find some success with Peterson running the ball and move the ball enough to keep the score from getting totally out of hand, but a 14-point loss is about the best they can hope for.

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