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Three Keys Against the Vikings

Even Chicago can beat the Vikings…

The Packers travel to Minnesota in what seems to be the perfect game to have after the Eagles and before the Patriots. With Minnesota playing outdoors this year while their new stadium construction continues, and the fact that so many in Minnesota are Packers fans, this game will be as close to a “home away from home” game as the Packers could hope for.

The Vikings had won two in a row and Bridgewater was looking for his third 4th quarter comeback when he threw the pick that effectively ended the game. While the Packers cannot afford to overlook anyone, this game sets up well for a team that has a lot of reasons to expect a win.

This has been a crazy season and I would hate for the next bizarre turn of events to be the Packers falling to the Vikings. Don’t think it is gonna happen but I am glad that coach McCarthy is the type to do his due dilligence on this one. The Vikings beat the St. Louis Rams the first game of the season and the Rams just recently beat the Denver Broncos. These two teams have obviously developed differently at this point in the season, a fact that is also true of the Packers who are benefiting from Clay Matthews continued versatility.

The Packers clearly out man the Vikings, but a few things will still be important to winning this game:

1. Execute

The Packers have been executing so well, I have started calling Aaron Rodgers “The Executioner”. He just needs to continue to do so and our offense can put up enough to once again put him out of harm’s way on the sideline in the 4th quarter. Our young players Adams and Rodgers need to continue to develop toward that “6th sense” that guys like Jordy Nelson have, knowing exactly what Rodgers wants in every situation. This could be a key developmental game.

2. Stay healthy

Above all, we need to stay healthy in this game. Assuming we play up to our potential, I would like to see Rodgers, Sitton and Lang out as soon as possible. Sitton and Lang to rest and Rodgers because those two are not in to protect. Many people are saying that the Packers have hit their peak too early. I disagree for two reasons:

3. Continue to confuse

The Packers added a twist when they rolled out Clay Matthews at ILB. As more an more tape comes in, coaches (like Bill Belichick) will put checkdowns and protections in place to counter it. I have been saying that the Packers are one of the most creative teams in the league since McCarthy put BJ Raji in at offense. I would like to see more of the same. We saw Julius Peppers go in as an eligible receiver and drop the ball. I don’t think we’ve seen the end of that! Just imagine the scramble on defense if McCarthy put in something crazy like a 5 WR set with Jordy and Cobb on the outside, Adams, and Lacy and Peppers…wuh?

The changes on defense have confused opposing quarterbacks. Jay Cutler had never seen Clay play ILB as his major role before, Mark Sanchez hadn’t been a starter in…forever. Teddy Bridgewater is a rookie. I can’t wait to see if this defense can confuse someone like Tom Brady…But that is for another week.