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Packers vs. Vikings Preview: Three Key Matchups and Prediction

13 October 2017, 06:02 | Joan Schultz

Richard Sherman reacts as Aaron Rodgers injures shoulder in game vs. Vikings

Richard Sherman reacts as Aaron Rodgers injures shoulder in game vs. Vikings

That evening, quarterback Aaron Rodgers [VIDEO] had a very rough evening.

The Green Bay Packers are 4-1 and once again find themselves leaders in the NFC North. The high-powered Green Bay offense is coming off a last-second victory against Dallas in Week 5.

Determined to avoid the slow start that plagued the team last year, this year's Packers team has been focused since the start of the season. They retook the lead on a 43-yard Dan Bailey field goal, making the score 24-22.

If hints about the current health reports are true, Sunday's first meeting of the season between Minnesota (3-2) and Green Bay (4-1) at U.S. Bank Stadium looks to be a matchup between one of pro football's most prolific passers - Packers starter Aaron Rodgers - versus one of college football's legendary passers - Vikings backup Case Keenum. Green Bay is 11-3-1 SU and 9-6 ATS in its last 15 games against Minnesota per the OddsShark NFL Database. Green Bay is coming off a huge NFC win against the Dallas Cowboys, and Rodgers has shown he is the best quarterback in the league this season. In the receiving end, Davante Adams posted 66 yards and two touchdowns in seven receptions while Martellus Bennet added 53 yards in three catches.

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Adams had been in the concussion protocol but was active 10 days after leaving the field on a stretcher on a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in a suspension for Chicago linebacker Danny Trevathan. Case completed 25 of 33 for 369 yards (76% ) with 3 touchdowns and a passer rating of 142.1. The Packers are hoping they can heal up their offensive line as tackle David Bakhtiari has missed four games with a hamstring injury while tackle Bryan Bulaga is questionable with an ankle injury.

This Sunday, the Green Bay Packers will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. Third-string running back Jerick McKinnon received a ton of snaps against the Bears in their Monday night contest last week and excelled under the bright lights.

Keenum, who has played in four of Minnesota's first five games, came on in relief of starter Sam Bradford on Monday in Chicago and helped spark the Vikings to a 20-17 victory. Through three and a half games, Cook had 354 rushing yards and was averaging around five yards per carry.

The Vikings are always tough at home, but the Packers present a lot more problems than the teams they have seen this season. On Sunday, this injury-ridden offensive line will have its hands full, as it has to face an elite defensive line which includes defensive end Everson Griffen, who already has six sacks this season including at least one sack in each game.

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