Vikings at Packers Saturday 8:00PM ET
I can't believe the Packers couldn't put away the Vikings last week. Yet, it was clear to see how. The Packers have a serious problem with stopping the run. Especially someone as ridiculously talented as Adrian Peterson. An Adrian Peterson who had the goal of beating Dickerson's record.
So this week, we get to do it all over again, but we get to do it at Lambeau. The Packers are going to be in front of a home crowd which should help. However, Aaron Rodgers does like playing in domes better, and there was that wildly disappointing game last year, when the Pack had a bye, and home field advantage, but still lost to the New York Football Giants. So, home field advantage may not be such an advantage.
However, it stung last year for the Packers to go 15-1, have a bye, and to lose. They have to be thinking about that right now while going into the playoffs. Especially having lost last week to the Vikings. However, the Packers did get themselves into a 13-0 hole to start the game. That meant that the Vikings got to run the ball all day and exploit the Packers deficiency.
This will be Ponders first playoff experience. The Vikings are white-hot right now. They were counted out as being able to make it into the playoffs just a few weeks ago, and oh how they have proved everyone wrong. They have the drive, they have Peterson, and they have a second year quarterback who is peaking at just the right time.
The Packers are going to have to use their no-huddle offense and get some points on the board fast. That will limit the Vikings ability to just use the run as their only weapon. Don't forget, the first time these two teams met, despite Peterson again putting up crazy numbers, the Packers still got the W.
Randall Cobb looks like he will be back, as well as Jordy Nelson. Trusty Charles Woodson will be back, too. The defense could use his on-field leadership.
I'd like to say I'm excited for this game. As anyone who has a beloved team knows, it's hard to get excited. You're mostly just nervous. I don't want the Pack to be out in the first round.
So, as always, GO PACK.
Madeline Fresco is a novelist who lives in San Francisco. She is the author of CROSSED THE LINE, available for Kindle at Amazon.com, for Nook at Barnes & Noble, and as an ePub at other eBook retailers. You can also listen to her novel as a free, serialized audiobook at madelinefresco.com.