|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||3-0||1-2||34.3||14.7||379.7||(5.9)||1.0||13.3||7.0||252.0||(4.4)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||26.6||13.3||21.1||30:36||28-108||(3.9)||23-35||66.9%||248||(7.2)||62-356||(5.7)||(13.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||11.4||19.9||30:27||27-119||(4.4)||22-35||61.3%||229||(6.5)||62-348||(5.6)||(15.4)|
|Offense Road Games||23.7||11.9||20.3||30:15||27-103||(3.8)||23-34||66.9%||251||(7.4)||61-354||(5.8)||(14.9)|
|Defense (All Games)||19.9||10.1||18.9||29:24||25-112||(4.4)||20-36||55.0%||218||(6)||61-330||(5.4)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.6||11.4||19.7||31:33||27-117||(4.4)||21-35||59.9%||228||(6.4)||62-346||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Defense Road Games||22.7||10.6||19.7||29:45||27-112||(4.2)||18-34||54.2%||219||(6.4)||61-331||(5.5)||(14.6)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.5||1.0||0.5||13-6||42.0%||1-0||50.0%||3-66||(24.7)||2-24||(10.5)||6-59|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1||0.7||1.7||2.1||13-5||37.1%||1-0||50.8%||3-65||(24.2)||20-2||(9)||6-53|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.4||0.4||0.9||0.6||14-6||43.4%||1-0||40.0%||3-72||(24)||2-13||(5.7)||7-76|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.2||0.3||1.5|| ||14-5||37.4%||1-1||36.4%||3-68||(22.7)||2-10||(6.2)||8-64|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||37.2%||1-0||47.6%||3-63||(22.7)||20-2||(8.7)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.1||0.3||1.4|| ||13-4||34.4%||2-1||36.4%||2-55||(22.8)||2-11||(7.2)||8-69|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+4.8||3-0||1-2||26.7||19.0||305.0||(5)||0.7||14.0||5.7||352.3||(5.5)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||22.8||12.9||18.7||28:32||30-161||(5.4)||19-30||62.4%||169||(5.6)||60-329||(5.5)||(14.4)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.5||11.3||19.6||30:04||26-113||(4.3)||22-36||60.9%||230||(6.5)||62-343||(5.5)||(15.3)|
|Offense Home Games||24.7||12.6||19.0||29:04||32-159||(5)||18-28||64.6%||184||(6.5)||60-342||(5.7)||(13.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.9||10.3||21.4||31:48||27-108||(3.9)||24-38||63.5%||238||(6.2)||66-346||(5.3)||(16.5)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.7||11.1||19.8||31:53||27-118||(4.3)||21-35||60.0%||229||(6.6)||62-346||(5.6)||(15.3)|
|Defense Home Games||18.7||7.0||21.1||31:38||25-102||(4.1)||25-41||60.9%||252||(6.1)||66-354||(5.3)||(18.9)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.8||0.7||1.5||-0.1||13-5||36.4%||1-0||60.0%||3-67||(26.3)||2-17||(8.6)||5-49|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||1.1||0.6||1.7||2.1||13-5||37.2%||1-0||49.2%||3-63||(24.1)||20-2||(8.8)||6-53|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.9||0.7||1.6||0.1||12-4||32.2%||0-0||66.7%||3-58||(22.4)||1-9||(6)||5-41|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.7||0.7||1.4|| ||14-6||41.0%||1-1||52.6%||2-47||(23.6)||3-20||(7.7)||7-60|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||13-5||36.7%||1-0||48.2%||3-57||(22)||21-2||(9)||7-57|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||0.9||0.9||1.7|| ||15-6||41.2%||1-0||37.5%||2-61||(26.6)||3-26||(8)||7-61|
|Average power rating of opponents played: GREEN BAY 20.3, MINNESOTA 19.7|
|11/25/2012||@ NY GIANTS||10-38||L||3||L||50||U||26-116||15-27-201||2||31-147||16-30-243||0|
|12/30/2012||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/2/2012||@ GREEN BAY||14-23||L||7||L||47||U||28-240||12-25-119||2||36-152||27-35-283||1|
|12/16/2012||@ ST LOUIS||36-22||W||3||W||39.5||O||33-213||17-24-109||0||18-87||35-55-345||2|
|12/30/2012||GREEN BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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. |
|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. |
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By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
It's pretty simple for the Green Bay Packers: Beat the Minnesota Vikings on the road Sunday and earn a direct ticket to the NFC divisional playoffs.
The scenarios get a little more complicated after that, though.
If Minnesota can end a five-game losing streak against its NFC North rival, it secures the team's first postseason berth since 2009 - and likely sets up a rematch at Lambeau Field in next weekend's wild-card round.
The Vikings (9-6) would need Chicago, Dallas and the New York Giants all to lose in order to get into the playoffs should they fall to the Packers.
There's plenty of drama surrounding the regular-season finale without considering Adrian Peterson remains in the hunt to surpass Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record of 2,105 yards.
"When you come to training camp, everything you're working towards is to get to the playoffs and let the chips fall where they may once you get there," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "For us to be on the cusp of getting there, it's satisfying in some ways, but until you actually make it happen, it's hard to put your mind in that frame.
"We really have to focus on this ballgame, winning this game. Until you get that accomplished, it's hard to even think about what's ahead."
Green Bay (11-4) has locked up its postseason berth by winning the North and now seeks a first-round bye after routing Tennessee 55-7 last week. A loss and a San Francisco win over lowly Arizona or a Seattle victory over St. Louis, though, would drop the Packers to the No. 3 seed for another date with Minnesota.
Like Frazier, Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is taking everything in stride.
"I really don't care to talk about any type of scenarios. We're really focused on beating the Vikings," McCarthy said. "As far as who we play, where we play in the playoffs, it's really not a concern of mine. It's important for us to stay on track."
The Packers' current four-game winning streak began with a 23-14 home victory over Minnesota on Dec. 2 as they overcame 210 yards from Peterson - including an 82-yard touchdown run.
Peterson needs 102 yards for 2,000 and 208 to break Dickerson's record set in 1984, but he's more focused on getting a victory.
"It's such a big game when you look at everything that can be accomplished," Peterson said. "I'm looking forward to it, man. Most importantly, getting into the playoffs, securing that with a win against Green Bay. Having an opportunity to hit 2,000, having an opportunity to break Eric Dickerson's record in the same game, it would be great to accomplish."
Peterson, who has run for at least 175 yards three times versus the Packers, rushed for 86 yards in last week's surprising 23-6 victory at Houston, snapping an eight-game 100-yard rushing streak during which he averaged 164.1.
Frazier said he won't alter the game plan simply to get Peterson the record given the importance of the contest.
"If the record comes in the middle of getting a win, that'll be great," Frazier said. "If he doesn't get the record and we win, he'll be a happy dude. He wants to win the game and that's the way we're approaching it. We have to find a way to win the game."
They'll likely have a tough task containing Aaron Rodgers, who has completed 73.1 percent of his passes with 14 touchdowns, three interceptions and a 122.6 rating during the Packers' winning streak against the Vikings.
Green Bay has its own record-setter on offense, as Randall Cobb broke the franchise mark for all-purpose yardage in the win over the Titans. He suffered ankle and knee injuries, though, and will test himself Friday to see if he's able to face the Vikings.
Even though Cobb's ankle injury came on a punt return, McCarthy said he doesn't plan to take him off special teams simply to reduce the risk of injury - despite Rodgers strongly hinting that he'd prefer to have his favorite target all to himself.
"I'll be honest with you, I don't have a really high tolerance for this (line of questioning) because I don't understand how you play scared in the game of football. I don't get that," McCarthy said.
"You can't sit here and say special teams is important if you don't put a guy like Randall Cobb out there as a returner. Now, if we're sitting here next year, we might be having a different conversation. But the way our team is built for 2012, Randall Cobb is a huge part of our success on special teams."
Safety Charles Woodson, another high-profile player McCarthy once used as a punt returner, will miss a ninth straight game with a broken collarbone, though Green Bay is hopeful he'll be ready for the playoffs.
A few other key Packers could be back Sunday. Alex Green, who sat out last week with a concussion, "definitely" will play while McCarthy is hopeful Jordy Nelson (hamstring) and Jerel Worthy (hamstring) can also return.
|Last Updated: 3/24/2017 7:15:01 AM EST|