Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings: Game Previews & Predictions

Andrew Garda@andrew_gardaFeatured ColumnistDecember 24, 2012

This is the sort of game which proves that adding more divisional games at the end of the season has tremendous benefits

After a huge win in Houston over the Texans, the Minnesota Vikings find their playoff hopes alive still and will look to bring the same sort of determination to the game against the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers.

Of course, the obvious plan of attack for this team is to run Adrian Peterson at the subpar run defense the Packers trot out each week, but like the Texans, the Packers will expect that.

Short 208 yards, Peterson has his work cut out for him to take down Eric Dickerson's record. Can he do it?

For the Vikings, do they even force that? They were successful without a big Peterson game, as Christian Ponder played solid, if not spectacular or exciting football.

Can he avoid trouble again, this time against a very solid Packers secondary?

What is just as vital will be the challenge the Vikings secondary faces in trying to slow down an explosive Packers pass game.

Sure the Pack is running the ball well, but they don't love to do it. They'll throw the ball, and it's up to guys like Antoine Winfield and Harrison Smith to find a way to shut down the Packers wide receivers.

Can the Vikings spit in the face of fate and upset another division-winning team?

Josh Zerkle, Aaron Nagler and I cover that and much more in this video.

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