Packers Close Regular Season

There’s plenty on the line when the Green Bay Packers (11-4) close out the regular season Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings (9-6) at Mall of America Field at the Metrodome.  With a win, Green Bay will lock up the second seed in the NFC and for a second straight season a first round bye in the playoffs.  Minnesota needs a win to secure one of the two wildcard spots in the NFC postseason. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy expects to get the Vikings best shot…

This will be the fifth time that Aaron Rodgers visits the Metrodome as the Packers starting quarterback.  Rodgers has a record of  2-2 in his four previous trips to Minnesota.  He knows just what to expect…

Rodgers talked about making the Vikings one dimensional.  What he means is trying to take Vikings running back Adrian Peterson out of the equation.  Peterson needs 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season NFL rushing record of 2,105 yards, which has stood since 1984.  Linebacker Dezman Moses does not want the record set against the Packers defense…

In the first meeting between the two teams, Peterson ran for 210 yards including an 82-yard touchdown. Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett was asked what the key is to slowing down Peterson…

Kickoff of Sunday’s Packers – Vikings game is set for 3:25 PM.

Notes:
Including the postseason, the Packers have an all-time record of 54-48-1 against the Vikings.  That includes a mark of 25-25 at Minnesota.

This is the fourth time that the two teams have closed the regular-season at Minnesota.

Over the past 18 seasons, Green Bay has won its regular-season finale every year but once (2002).

The Packers have won four straight and nine of their last ten.

Green Bay has a franchise-record, twelve game winning streak against the rest of the NFC North.

The Packers have beaten the Vikings five straight times.  Green Bay’s latest victory in the series was back on December 2nd when they beat Minnesota, 23-14.

Injury Report:
Packers: OUT – DB Charles Woodson (collarbone), RB James Starks (knee). DOUBTFUL – CB Davon House (shoulder/hip). QUESTIONABLE – WR Randall Cobb (ankle). PROBABLE – TE Tom Crabtree (hamstring), K Mason Crosby (illness), G/T Evan Dietrich-Smith (knee), RB Alex Green (concussion), WR Jordy Nelson (hamstring), C Jeff Saturday (neck/shoulder), G Josh Sitton (concussion), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), DE Jerel Worthy (hamstring).

Vikings: QUESTIONABLE – DE Brian Robison (shoulder), CB Antoine Winfield (knee/hand). PROBABLE – DE Jared Allen (shoulder/illness), P Chris Kluwe (left knee), T Phil Loadholt (knee), LB Marvin Mitchell (illness), RB Adrian Peterson (abdomen), CB Marcus Sherels (quadricep).

Also in the NFC North:
Chicago (9-6) is at Detroit (4-11) (12 PM)

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