|Last 3 Games||1-2||-0.7||1-2||2-1||21.3||11.0||316.0||(5.3)||1.7||27.3||16.0||349.7||(5.3)||1.3|
|Offense (All Games)||22.5||11.1||18.9||28:27||28-147||(5.2)||21-33||63.5%||187||(5.7)||61-333||(5.5)||(14.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.8||11.1||20||30:15||26-111||(4.2)||22-36||62.7%||239||(6.7)||62-350||(5.7)||(15.4)|
|Offense Road Games||19.2||9.6||18.4||27:32||25-135||(5.4)||22-36||62.4%||169||(4.8)||61-304||(5)||(15.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.6||11.5||21.5||31:60||29-112||(3.8)||23-36||64.4%||225||(6.2)||65-337||(5.2)||(14.9)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.7||10.7||20.1||31:44||27-117||(4.4)||21-35||60.7%||233||(6.7)||62-350||(5.7)||(15.4)|
|Defense Road Games||26.4||17.0||22.2||32:28||33-126||(3.8)||21-32||66.9%||206||(6.4)||65-332||(5.1)||(12.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.9||1.7||-0.5||13-4||34.3%||1-0||62.5%||3-77||(27.4)||2-17||(9.1)||5-48|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.6||2||13-5||38.8%||1-0||52.6%||3-63||(24.8)||20-2||(9.2)||6-54|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.8||1.0||1.8||-1.0||14-5||38.6%||1-1||60.0%||3-93||(31.1)||2-26||(11.9)||6-60|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.5||0.7||1.3|| ||15-6||43.1%||1-1||57.1%||2-43||(27.6)||2-18||(7.7)||6-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||37.2%||1-0||52.2%||3-56||(22.3)||21-2||(9.1)||7-58|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||0.4||0.4||0.8|| ||15-7||45.3%||2-1||75.0%||1-21||(20.6)||2-15||(9.2)||6-59|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||2-1||1-2||21.7||12.7||338.3||(5.7)||1.3||25.0||16.0||364.0||(5.8)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||24.8||13.2||21.1||29:59||26-100||(3.8)||23-35||66.4%||243||(7)||61-343||(5.6)||(13.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||21.4||10.9||19.6||30:02||26-115||(4.3)||21-35||61.0%||230||(6.6)||62-345||(5.6)||(16.1)|
|Offense Home Games||25.6||15.2||22.0||30:17||26-99||(3.7)||24-37||65.2%||239||(6.5)||63-338||(5.3)||(13.2)|
|Defense (All Games)||22.3||10.5||19.8||30:01||25-104||(4.1)||21-38||55.6%||244||(6.4)||63-348||(5.5)||(15.6)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.9||11.5||20.2||31:59||27-115||(4.2)||21-35||60.9%||234||(6.7)||62-349||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||19.8||9.8||18.4||29:43||22-88||(3.9)||23-40||57.4%||252||(6.2)||63-340||(5.4)||(17.2)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.4||1.0||0.5||13-6||42.1%||1-0||28.6%||3-72||(25.6)||2-21||(10.5)||6-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.6||1.7||2.1||13-5||36.4%||1-0||51.0%||3-71||(24.6)||22-2||(9.8)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.8||0.6||1.4||0.0||13-5||39.7%||1-0||50.0%||2-66||(27.4)||2-28||(15.8)||5-42|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.4||1.5|| ||14-5||36.6%||2-1||41.2%||3-59||(23.2)||2-8||(5.2)||8-66|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||37.8%||1-0||52.7%||3-60||(22.8)||20-2||(8.9)||6-54|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.0||0.4||1.4|| ||14-5||34.7%||1-1||42.9%||3-65||(24.9)||2-10||(5.7)||8-67|
|Average power rating of opponents played: MINNESOTA 19.5, GREEN BAY 21.5|
|12/2/2012||@ GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||@ HOUSTON|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|10/21/2012||@ ST LOUIS||30-20||W||-4||W||45||O||26-70||30-37-332||0||22-108||21-34-246||1|
|11/25/2012||@ NY GIANTS||10-38||L||3||L||50||U||26-116||15-27-201||2||31-147||16-30-243||0|
|12/2/2012||MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/9/2012||DETROIT|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/16/2012||@ CHICAGO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2012||TENNESSEE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/30/2012||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|MINNESOTA: The Vikings will continue to transition from the zone-blocking scheme they used under Brad Childress to the man-to-man scheme offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave installed in his first season last year. If anything, the new system was a plus for Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart, who were both excellent running the ball last season. After tearing his ACL last December, Peterson might not be ready to go full speed in September, in which case Gerhart would carry a heavy workload with Lex Hilliard seeing spot duty. Percy Harvin also sees a couple of carries every game. Peterson gets a big majority of the red zone touches when healthy. If he's out, Gerhart will assume that role and the Vikings will likely use him often. Musgrave has Christian Ponder moving around a lot in a West Coast passing game. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Harvin will play more following a season in which he was on the field for about 60 percent of the team's snaps. After he serves a three-game suspension, Jerome Simpson will provide a vertical threat. Michael Jenkins will still see the field, but not many targets. Ponder looks short often, so TE Kyle Rudolph should be targeted frequently. They'll also use John Carlson in two-TE sets about 50 percent of the time. Harvin was a popular target for Ponder when they threw in the red zone, and Minnesota uses its tight ends more often near the goal line. Despite tying the Eagles for the most sacks in the NFL last year, the Vikings were unimpressive on the defensive side of the ball. DE Jared Allen (22 sacks in 2011) is still the most ferocious DE in football, but this secondary is awful, coming off an eight-interception season with 251 passing YPG allowed. Allen posted a career year, falling one sack short of the league record, despite having to a below-average defense where he gets double-teamed on most plays. His durability and consistency are simply unmatched among NFL defensive linemen. One of the beneficiaries of all the attention that gets paid to Allen is fellow DL Brian Robison. After signing a three-year deal before the 2011 season, Robison earned his keep with a career-best performance. LB Chad Greenway is a bit one-dimensional as a run-stopper, but he has excelled in that area'Greenway is second in the NFL in total tackles (395) over the past three years. When healthy, Antonie Winfield is still excellent in run support, but at 35 years old he's not getting any more durable. The Vikings need him to stay healthy and effective if they're to have any chance of keeping up with the passing games of the teams in the division. |
|GREEN BAY: The running game is an afterthought for the Packers, more often something Aaron Rodgers audibles to at the line. It's a zone-blocking scheme and they've had good success with it. James Starks is the only back on the roster whose had significant NFL experience, but coach Mike McCarthy has leaned towards a time share in recent years (a big reason why they spent a third-round pick on Alex Green in 2010). Green, if he's recovered from a torn ACL, or Brandon Saine should work their way into a timeshare, with Starks taking about 60 percent of the reps. John Kuhn will take short-yardage duties. The Packers have shown a lot of versatility in their passing game, throwing almost everything downfield. Greg Jennings still gets the most looks, with Jordy Nelson taking advantage of single coverage and out-producing him despite fewer targets. They'll primarily play three-wide and go four-wide often, with James Jones set to take on a bigger role as the third receiver. They also rotate their receivers frequently, even Jennings and Nelson. Jermichael Finley works medium-to-deep in the middle of the field. The backs serve as check downs, but Rodgers is often willing to throw into coverage and trust his receivers. Green Bay is very pass-happy in the red zone; they threw more than 70 percent of the time in goal-to-go situations, a higher rate than any team in the NFL. Green Bay tied for the league lead with 38 forced turnovers last year, and will continue to pick off passes with a ball-hungry secondary that frequently takes chances. The addition of run-clogging DTs Anthony Hargrove and Daniel Muir will allow relentless pass rusher Clay Matthews to get to the quarterback. Desmond Bishop has been a rock since moving into the starting lineup in 2010, averaging 8.5 tackles per game over 25 career starts. He's also the rare inside linebacker who can pick up a sack nearly every other game. Despite his age, Charles Woodson is still a force who will force turnovers whether he plays cornerback or safety, and he has become one of the NFL's better defensive backs in run support. The other starters in the secondary'Morgan Burnett, Tramon Williams and Charles Peprah'go for the big play, but end up surrendering as many as they make. |
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(UPDATES with Harvin ruled out)
*Vikings-Packers Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Coming off their most lopsided loss in almost five years, the Green Bay Packers are humbled but not shaken.
The Packers can get back on track with a fifth consecutive victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Green Bay's five-game winning streak ended in ugly fashion last week with a 38-10 road loss to the New York Giants. It was the Packers' worst defeat since a 35-7 loss at Chicago on Dec. 23, 2007.
"Maybe it's a good reminder of what happens when you don't come to play," defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said. 'We're going to take this as a positive. This will be motivation for us the rest of the year."
Though Green Bay (7-4) dropped one game behind the NFC North-leading Bears, it still holds the first wild-card spot. Four of the Packers' final five games are against division opponents, with a showdown in Chicago on Dec. 16.
"Everything we want to accomplish is still in front of us and that'll be our focus," coach Mike McCarthy said. "I believe in what we're about as a football team."
McCarthy, however, also knows his team must improve after the prime-time debacle.
Aaron Rodgers was 14 of 25 for 219 yards with a touchdown, interception and a lost fumble. The Packers couldn't protect him as he was sacked five times.
Green Bay yielded 147 rushing yards and allowed Eli Manning to throw three TDs while giving up its highest point total of the season.
"You win five in a row and everyone is happy, but like I said last year, there are things that go under the radar that need to be handled," Rodgers said. "Sometimes it takes a loss. ... We need to remember this feeling and not have this kind of embarrassment happen again."
Green Bay ranks 13th in the NFL with 24.8 points per game after leading the league at 35.0 last season. The offense, though, could get a boost with the expected return of Pro Bowl receiver Greg Jennings, who has missed the last seven games with an abdominal injury.
It's uncertain if linebacker Clay Matthews will be back after sitting out the past two contests with a hamstring injury, and run stopper C.J. Wilson called himself a "long shot" to play after suffering a knee injury. That may especially hurt with Adrian Peterson, the NFL's leading rusher, coming to town.
"It's a horrible feeling knowing I won't be able to play Sunday and help the team with my defense, to stop this beast," Wilson said.
Regardless of who is on the field, the Packers appear to have a good chance to bounce back as they seek a fifth straight home victory. Green Bay has won two in a row and five of six at home versus Minnesota (6-5), which fell 45-7 at Lambeau last Nov. 14.
Rodgers has completed 72.0 percent of his passes for 1,181 yards with 13 TDs and two INTs during the Packers' four-game winning streak in the series.
Set to face a second straight division opponent that's coming off a lopsided loss, Minnesota had two weeks to prepare for a Bears team that fell 32-7 to San Francisco on Nov. 19. The Vikings, though, didn't put up much of a fight in a 28-10 defeat at Soldier Field last Sunday.
Minnesota dropped numerous passes, committed two turnovers that led to touchdowns and allowed the Bears to convert on 11 of 19 third-down chances.
"I was (surprised)," said Peterson, who recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game with 108 on 18 carries. "We had a great week of practice. We just came out and couldn't get anything going. We've just got to shake it off and move forward."
Though the Vikings are tied with Seattle and Tampa Bay for the final NFC wild-card spot, they've lost to each team and would need to finish with a better record than both to make the playoffs.
Averaging 147.4 yards and 7.4 per carry in the last five games, Peterson hopes for a better performance after he was held to 51 yards and a TD on 14 carries at Green Bay last season.
Not helping matters, the Vikings will again be without Percy Harvin, who has been ruled out due to a sprained ankle. Harvin, among the NFL leaders with 62 receptions despite missing the last two games, did some drills Friday but hasn't been able to fully practice and did not travel with the team for this game.
|Last Updated: 9/3/2014 1:35:48 AM EST|