Packers Play First Of Three Against Division Rivals

The Green Bay Packers (7-4) will try and rebound from their loss to the New York Giants when they host the Minnesota Vikings (6-5) today.  This is the first of three games that the Packers will play against NFC North rivals and they will face division opponents in four of their last five games of the season.  Green Bay enters week 13 of the NFL season a game behind the Chicago Bears (8-3) in the NFC North. According to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, this is an important stretch for the Packers…

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The Packers have already beaten the Bears and Lions this season and they have won nine straight games against teams from the NFC North.  Receiver Greg Jennings said that records do not mean much when it comes to divisional games…

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Jennings is expected to play today for the first time since September 30th.  Jennings, who has been sidelined by a groin injury and surgery for a torn abdominal, was asked if he is concerned with his endurance…

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Packers receiver Randall Cobb has stepped up in Jennings’s absence.  However, Cobb is happy to have Jennings back…

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The Packers offense is coming of a dismal performance in a 38-10 loss to the Giants.  That included a tough showing by the offensive line, which allowed five sacks and seven total hits on their quarterback. Despite those numbers, head coach Mike McCarthy will not make any changes against the Vikings…

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The Packers defense will have to contend with the league’s leading rusher.  Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has run for 1,236 yards and seven touchdowns.  Those numbers come after Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL in his left knee less than a year ago.  Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett is amazed by what Peterson has done…

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Kickoff of today’s game between the Packers and Vikings is set for Noon at Lambeau Field.

Notes:
Including the playoffs, the Packers are 53-48-1 all-time against the Vikings.  That includes a record of 19-17-1 at Lambeau Field.

This is the latest that the Packers and Vikings have had their first meeting.  The series dates back to 1961.

The Packers have won 17 of their last 18 regular-season games at Lambeau Field and 23 of their last 25 at home.

Injury Report:
Packers: OUT – LB Clay Matthews (hamstring), *TE Andrew Quarless (knee), CB Sam Shields (ankle), DB Charles Woodson (collarbone), DE C.J. Wilson (knee), RB Johnny White (concussion). DOUBTFUL – LB Terrell Manning (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE – WR Donald Driver (thumb), *S Sean Richardson (back). PROBABLE – WR Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen), S M.D. Jennings (rib), OT Marshall Newhouse (wrist), DT Ryan Pickett (quadricep).

* Late Saturday afternoon the Packers placed Andrew Quarless and Sean Richardson on injured reserve, ending their seasons.  The team signed running back DuJuan Harris and receiver Jeremy Ross of the practice squad to the active roster. 

Vikings: OUT – WR Percy Harvin (ankle). PROBABLE – DE Jared Allen (shoulder/back), LB Jasper Brinkley (shoulder), DT Letroy Guion (foot), P Chris Kluwe (left foot), OT Phil Loadholt (knee), RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder), TE Kyle Rudolph (concussion/shoulder), S Harrison Smith (concussion), CB Antoine Winfield (knee).

Elsewhere in NFC North:
Indianapolis at Detroit (12 PM)
Seattle at Chicago (12 PM)

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