The Vikings were able to sign their leading rusher Dalvin Cook to a 5-year contract extension worth $63 million. That has boosted the excitement and interest in this game. Last season in the 2 meetings between these teams the Packers defense was the one that had more success. This year the Vikings offense is not the same. Losing a great WR Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills. The Packers offense has all of the center pieces in-tact. QB Aaron Rodgers, RB Aaron Jones, and WR Davante Adams. The Packers had to let 2019 season leading tackler Blake Martinez go. On the injury report G Blly Turner is out today for the Packers and that is worth noting .
People are counting on WR Adam Thielen to have a monster day for the Vikings. I must remind you that in the 2 match-ups last year Thielen was covered well by this Packers secondary until late in the game. Also without Diggs for the Vikings the Packers job in the secondary will be more manageable. Packers defense struggles against rushing quarterbacks but today they get Vikings QB Kirk Cousins who is a pocket passer. Cousins will hang out all day in the pocket and the Packers pass-rush will have opportunities to make plays.
Dalvin Cook has played well against the Packers in the past. Kirk Cousins will need a run game to be established otherwise the Packers pass-rush will eat him alive. I expect to see some rust from both teams early on. Something to watch closely in this game is Aaron Rodgers in the pocket. Pay attention to how long he holds on to the ball. If the Vikings defense is able to get to Rodgers early on this will be a long day for the Packers.
Today has all the makings of a gritty contest. Both defenses are highlight machines. Last season the Packers were 6th in Time Of Possession opposed to the Vikings who ranked 28th. The Vikings are more of a quick-score offense and similar to last year that can comeback to bite them.
My best bet: Under 44.5 Total Points (-111). Both of the games last season between these two teams were under this number and that was with full training camps and preseason.
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