While Week Two may be a little early to be talking about undefeated records, the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings come into their game, which will live stream on Sunday, each having won their first contest of the 2016 National Football League season — and each looking to take the top spot in the NFC North.
The game will be the 110th meeting between the two cold-weather, midwestern rival teams — a series that has seen Green Bay with the edge, winning 58 against 49 Vikings wins and two ties. But the Packers have won 10 of the last 13 meetings between the teams, losing only two with one tie.
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But the Vikings may have begun to reverse that dominance by closing out the 2015 regular season with a rare victory over Green Bay, overcoming a 291-yard performance by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers — and a mere 67 yards on the ground from their own star running back Adrian Peterson, to defend their home field by a 20-13 score.
This time, however, the Vikings will need to find a way to get points on the board without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who is sidelined for the season with a torn ACL, which required surgery.
Instead, Minnesota brought in 28-year-old Sam Bradford from the Philadelphia Eagles and are expected to start the 2010 No. 1 overall draft pick over Shaun Hill, who led the Vikings past the Tennessee Titans in Week One despite failing to throw a touchdown pass in the game.
For more thoughts on who will, or should, start at quarterback for the Vikings against the Packers, watch the following preview with Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio of NBC Sports.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL Sunday Night Football Week Two clash, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Central Time at the 73,000-seat U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Sunday, September 18. That start time will be 8:30 p.m. Eastern, 5:30 p.m. Pacific.
The game is expected to turn out as a struggle between the Packers high-flying offense led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Rodgers, and the intimidating Vikings defense, which will need to keep Rodgers at bay to take pressure off of Bradford in his Minnesota debut.
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But the Packers defense may have something to add to the conversation as well, seizing an opportunity to shut down a struggling Peterson — always the linchpin of the Vikings offensive attack — who was held to a dismal 31 yards on 19 carries against the Titans in Week One.
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Can the Green Bay Packers grab sole possession of the top spot in the NFC North with a victory on the road in Minnesota? Or will the Vikings, even without injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, manage to pull out a second consecutive victory over the Packers after ending last season with a win over their rivals from Wisconsin? To find out, watch the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings stream live from Minnesota on Sunday in the Week Two edition of NFL Sunday Night Football, via NBC Sports Live Extra, by clicking on this link.
Streaming video of the Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings NFC North duel will also be available on tablet computers by downloading the NBC Sports Live Extra app, as well as on set-top devices such as the Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. Due to contractual agreements, NFL football games are not available to stream live on smartphones.
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