NFL Week 17: Packers vs. Vikings

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Dec 2012

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Green Bay Packers @ Minnesota Vikings Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 4:25 p.m. ET

After locking up the NFC North division title back in Week 15 at the expense of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, the Green Bay Packers officially punched their ticket the playoffs once again and were considered possibly to be the team to beat in the NFC. With Aaron Rodgers and company firing on all cylinders in the win over the Bears, the Packers continued their dominance last week against the Tennessee Titans. Jake Locker and company stood no chance against the high-powered offense and lockdown defense of Green Bay with the Packers lighting up the lowly Titans for a season-high 55 points and only conceding seven points in the process. All season long, the Packers have dealt with injuries to some of their most important players on both sides of the football. Green Bay has had to press on without big-names defensively like Charles Woodson and Clay Matthews while trying to get the job done offensively without Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson. Fortunately, Jennings and Matthews were able to return recently and may have played a big role in the team’s recent resurgence on both sides of the football. Now that both of these players are healthy and the team seems to be coming together at exactly the right time with the playoffs around the corner, the Packers will have a tough challenge ahead of them in the form of Adrian Peterson’s Minnesota Vikings. With a playoff spot on the line in Week 17, the Vikings clinch a berth in the NFC postseason with a win over the Packers. Minnesota will have the advantage of playing at home and riding the brilliant play of Peterson has he aims to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record in the regular-season finale with a little over 200 yards on the ground on Sunday. The Packers’ defense number one goal on Sunday will be to contain Peterson and force the Vikings to air it out. With the defense focused on Peterson and quarterback Christian Ponder about as unreliable as can be at the position this season, Green Bay is favored to come out on top against the Vikings with a -3 point spread. Although I firmly believe that the Packers are the better all-around team and still have something to play for in terms of playoff seeding, the Vikings may turn out to be too much for Green Bay on Sunday in Minnesota.

Prediction: Packers -3

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