Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings Preview And Where To Watch Online: Peterson Running For Dickerson's Title And Playoff Berth
The Green Pack (11-4) can clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs with a victory over the Minnesota Vikings (9-6). But most neutrals will be tuning in to see whether Vikings’ half-back, Adrian Peterson can eclipse Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing yardage record. If he does, chances are he’ll have helped the VIkings clinch a playoff berth as well. The Vikings control their post-season destiny. Win and they’re in. A loss does not mean they are out but they’ll need a few other results to go their way. (Chicago, Dallas and the New York Giants must stumble). Peterson is largely what the game will come down to. If the Vikings can get Peterson going early, control the clock and keep Green Bay quarterback, Aaron Rodgers off the field, they stand a good chance of winning. Green Bay’s defence will have their hands full containing Peterson. It will require more than just the front seven playing at their best.
The Chicago Bears have one last shot to stay alive in the NFC playoff race, but they must beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday to do it. The Lions have lost seven in a row, but even if Chicago extends that slide, the Bears will need help elsewhere to secure a postseason berth.
These three factors will go a long way toward deciding whether Chicago can earn its desperately-needed 10th victory:
1. Will Matthew Stafford give the game away?
During Detroit’s losing streak, Stafford has thrown as many interceptions (nine) as touchdowns. Having not found the end zone for two full games, it’s hard to believe that Stafford won’t be pressing a little to make plays in front of the home crowd.
Taking risks, however, is a great way to lose games against Chicago’s predatory defense. Detroit isn’t scoring enough points on offense to allow the Bear D to get in on the scoring action, especially after it outscored Arizona by itself (14-13) in last week’s game.
2. How healthy is the Chicago backfield?
NFL Matchup: Adrian Peterson And Minnesota Vikings Offense vs. Clay Matthews And Green Bay Packers Defense
Vikings Offense vs. Packers Defense
Final week of the regular season, and NFC North gives us a late gift in the form of a potential playoff preview between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings are desperate for a win, as it would take losses by the Giants, Bears, and Cowboys for the Vikings to lose and still make the playoffs. Adrian Peterson is chasing a record, and the Vikings offense has been running wild. The Packers are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, 10th in total defense, and looking to lockup a first round bye with a win over their NFC North rival Vikings.
Adrian Peterson vs. Packers Run Defense
NFL Matchup: Aaron Rodgers And Green Bay Packers Offense vs. Jared Allen-Led Minnesota Vikings Defense
Packers Offense vs. Vikings Defense
No one will be resting in the Packers offense, as Green Bay has plenty to play for this week. With the chance to secure a first round bye, and at least one home game in the playoffs, the Packers want this win badly, but don’t need it like the Vikings. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are winners of 9 of the last 10, and look to eliminate the Vikings before having to potentially play them in a playoff scenario. Rodgers is once again leading one of the more effective offenses in the NFL, ranked 13th in total yards, and 7th in scoring offense. The Minnesota Vikings 16th ranked defense has a tough time ahead of them in containing the dynamic Packers offense.
Aaron Rodgers and Weapons vs. Vikings Secondary
NFL Matchups: Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, and The Dallas Cowboys Offense vs. The Washington Redskins Defense
Cowboys Offense vs. Redskins Defense
Tony Romo and Dez Bryant have been on fire as of late, connecting for 43 receptions for 721 yards and 9 touchdowns in the last 6 games. They will need to continue their success, as it is win or go home game for Dallas. Dallas can win the NFC East with a win over the Redskins, or see their playoff hopes destroyed on the road against their passionate divisional rival Redskins. This game should see it’s share of offense, as the Cowboys 6th ranked overall offense will aim for big points against the Redskins 28th overall defense.
Tony Romo and Weapons vs. Redskins Secondary