The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers have formed one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL throughout the years. Both teams have a burning hatred for each other, and it shows each time they play. Looking ahead to Sunday Night Football, the Packers are set to visit Minnesota in the latest installment of the rivalry.
Aaron Rodgers is looking to lead his Packers to a 2-0 start to the season, while the Vikings were able to pull off a win in Week 1 as well. Teddy Bridgewater went down with a gruesome knee injury as ESPN originally reported, which has made the Minnesota quarterback situation confusing, to say the least.
Shaun Hill started under center for the Vikings in Week 1, but Sam Bradford is hoping to get playing time in the near future. He was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Vikings made it clear that they value him by giving up a first-round pick in order to bring in Bradford.
Looking ahead to this week’s game, there are quite a few things to keep an eye on. Injuries will play a role, but players looking to prove themselves once again to their respective teams are also going to need to step up. Eddie Lacy is the biggest name that comes to mind.
All of that being said, what five bold predictions can be made for the Vikings vs. Packers game heading into Week 2 NFL action?
Eddie Lacy Will Break Out With 100-Plus Yards and Two Touchdowns
It seems that each and every time the Packers play the Vikings, Eddie Lacy finds a way to make an impact. He is going to receive a fairly large workload this week and will rush for at least 100 yards and two touchdowns. Rodgers can’t do everything for the offense by himself, and he will get a huge hand from his running back this week.
Adrian Peterson Will Carve the Packers’ Defense for 125 Yards, Two Touchdowns
Adrian Peterson is still the best running back in the NFL and will not let Lacy show him up. Peterson will rush for at least 125 yards and will score at least two touchdowns on the Packers’ defense. Minnesota will have to utilize the running game with their quarterback situation a bit questionable and Peterson will come through with a huge game.
Aaron Rodgers Will Throw for 300-Plus Yards, Three Touchdowns
Even with the big game that we are predicting from Lacy, Aaron Rodgers is still going to put up big numbers himself. He is hoping to get back into the MVP conversation and will help his cause with at least 300 yards and three touchdowns. Green Bay’s offense will finally look like the well-oiled machine that they were just a couple short years ago.
Minnesota Quarterbacks Will Throw at Least Three Interceptions
Whether the Vikings play Hill or Bradford, they are not going to have much success against a Packers’ defense with many playmakers across the field. The Vikings will throw at least three interceptions in the game. Green Bay is going to send a lot of pressure, while also having a very talented secondary to finish off the turnovers.
Green Bay Will Come Away with the Win
Finally, the Packers are the better all-around team and will move to 2-0 on the season with a win. It won’t be a blowout game, but the Packers should make the win convincing when everything is said and done. Minnesota has too many question marks and will come up short on Sunday afternoon.
Expect to see this rivalry game carry a lot of intensity from both teams. Mike McCarthy and the Packers aren’t going to be welcomed warmly in Minnesota, but they will silence the Vikings’ fan base with a win.
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