Kickoff Time: 7:30 PM CST
TV Channel: NBC (Chanel 11 in the Twin Cities)
Radio: KFAN-FM 100.3/KTCN-AM 1130
Live Stream: NBC Live Extra
The Minnesota Vikings (1-5) will be facing the Green Bay Packers (4-2) tonight from Mall of America Field. This marks the 5th time the Vikings will play the Packers on Sunday Night Football. The last Sunday Night Football matchup between these division foes took place on 10/24/10, which ended up a 28-24 Packers victory. In 5 of the last 6 years, the Vikings/Packers matchup has been played on either Monday Night Football or Sunday Night Football.
As we all know Christian Ponder is now the starter for this game after Josh Freeman suffered a concussion last week against the New York Giants. Many feel that this is Ponder’s last shot at redemption– or it will be his final swan song for the purple. Stay tuned.
In 3 total games against the Packers last season Adrian Peterson rushed for 508 yards, including a career-high 82-yard touchdown run on 12/2/12. In the season finale, Peterson rushed for 199 yards, becoming the 7th player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season.
As of late AP and the offense has had trouble finding their stride and being able to get that explosive run game back. The problem now is that they face a Packers defense that ranks first in the NFC against the run by yielding 79.0 yards per game. But despite his hamstring injury Peterson is playing and is confident that the injury will not affect his performance.
For the Vikings defense, last year they sacked Aaron Rodgers was sacked 10 times — four by were by Jared Allen. The defensive end has a team-high four sacks this season, but unfortunately for the Vikings they only have 12, which is the fifth-lowest total in the league.
And Greg Jennings is facing his former team for the first time. After some trash talking commenced earlier this year Jennings has backed off a bit. He is now saying, “”If Aaron knows me like he’s known me the past seven years, then he knows I’m not one of those guys that wishes ill on anyone or just tries to stand out and be apart from the team hopefully, he knows that.”
The Packers are 14-16 at the Metrodome, where the Vikings are playing for their final season.