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Packers vs. Vikings: 5 Halftime Adjustments for the Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 01: Christian Ponder #7 of the Minnesota Vikings scrambles with the ball in the first half against the Houston Texans on September 1, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Aron GlatzerAnalyst IOctober 23, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings (1-5) are off to a quality start against the Green Bay Packers (6-0) in their Week 7 NFL matchup.

It's a game featuring an All-Pro quarterback in his prime in Aaron Rodgers, against a rookie first-round pick making his very first NFL start in Christian Ponder.

Surprisingly, Ponder has held his own and gone toe-to-toe with Rodgers for the first 30 minutes of play. Here is what the Vikings will need to do in the second half to pull off the upset.

1. Continue To Play Inspired Football

The Vikings have led at the half three times this year, only to lose. The Vikings are playing with a lot of emotion for Ponder and will need to continue giving 110 percent effort to beat a team of the Packers' caliber.

2. Continue To Feed Adrian Peterson Inside

AP has done a nice job running hard between the tackles and the Vikings will need to keep getting him the ball to take pressure off of Ponder.

3. Play Action for Ponder

For a young player in his first start, Ponder is advanced in his ball fake ability. With the Packers keyed in on AP, play action to get Ponder rolling to his right will continue to open up passing lanes.

4. Misdirection with Percy Harvin

Harvin had two carries in the first half. To keep the Packers guessing, the Vikings should get him on an end-around and a couple runs against the defense's grain to take additional pressure off of Ponder.

5. Hone in on Defensive Pass Coverage

Rodgers completed his first 13 passes to seven different receivers. The Vikings D needs to start reigning it in to take a couple receivers off their game to limit Rodgers' ability to spread the entire field.

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