If you had told me before this season began that a quarterback was coming back in time to play Week 7 of the season, I would not have thought it would be Carson Palmer.
The smart money would have been on Brett Favre trying desperately to get revenge on somebody one last time. But even after making the decision to bench Donovan McNabb, the Minnesota Vikings have made it obvious the success of Favre as a Viking will be limited to the 2009 season.
These two teams are headed in the opposite direction, with the 1-5 Vikings clearly transitioning from aging contender to rebuilding team. The Green Bay Packers are at the height of their success—an unbeaten team that is defending a championship. In so doing, this team has tied a consecutive wins (12) record of a franchise that predates the league and has three more titles than any other team.
Yet the Packers have not shown overconfidence this season, and there is no reason they will start against a division foe on the road. The Metrodome is a tough place to play if the home team gets momentum, but that is unlikely given the other aspects of this matchup.
The Packers have more experienced and accomplished coaches, more at stake and better personnel overall. The following slides compare the personnel match-ups by team passing, rushing and on special teams...