Week 6 is upon us, and on tap is an NFC North showdown between longtime foes as the Green Bay Packers head into U.S. Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Vikings. The Packers (4-1) are currently 1st place in the division, while the Vikings (3-2) have dropped a game back and sit behind both Green Bay and the Detroit Lions (3-2), who topped the Vikings earlier in the season. Both teams come into this one off of victories in week 5, but for anyone who watched both games, I think we would agree the wins feel slightly different.
My prediction for last weeks game, “Packers win a shootout 37-31″ and while I was off just slightly as Green Bay comes in off a thriller in Dallas, where Aaron Rodgers looked impressive all day and ultimately lead the Pack down the field in 1:13 for a miraculous comeback yet again, knocking off the Dallas Cowboys (2-3) 35-31. For Minnesota, they faced off in a divisional game agains the Chicago Bears (1-4) and Rookie QB Mitch Trubisky making his NFL debut. Trubisky was able to make throws against this Viking defense that give me confidence that Aaron Rodgers will once again be able to do what he wants in the passing game.
Preseason in my Green Bay Packers Season Preview I actually floated the possibility that this game might be a stumbling block for the Packers this season. That was prior to knowing this game will likely be an Aaron Rodgers/Case Keenum showdown, give me Green Bay in that matchup. The Vikings will come into this game without Starting QB Sam Bradford (Knee), No.1 WR Stefon Diggs (Groin), and leading rusher rookie RB Dalvin Cook (ACL). Offense will be at a premium for Minnesota, which doesn’t bode well for them when facing a player like Aaron Rodgers.
Packers Injury Updates:
Ty Montgomery: Ty Montgomery has been a full participant at practice this week, look for him to play in this one despite being listed as Questionable (Ribs). The Packers will probably scale back his workload early in the recovery process, especially with the big game from rookie Aaron Jones last week.
David Bakhtiari: Listed as Questionable (Hamstring) once again, it is appearing that David Bakhtiari will miss another game as he has been limited in practice all week.
Bryan Bulaga: Bryan Bulaga started last week and played every offensive snap for the Packers but is still listed as Questionable (Ankle) for this one. Facing a front like the Vikings, his presence on the offensive line would be welcomed once again.
Kevin King: The rookie was looking impressive before suffering a Concussion last week. Kevin King comes into this one as Doubtful as he remains in concussion protocol.
With injuries on both sides, I’m going to change my pick. With the lack of offensive playmakers at their disposal, I think the Vikings will just not be able to keep up with Green Bay. The Packers seem to be hitting their stride offensively after stringing together multiple impressive outings.
My Week 6 Prediction: Packers go on the road and take out Minnesota 32-17.
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