Aaron Rodgers could be the biggest hurdle to the Minnesota Vikings’ success

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 06: Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 06: Aaron Rodgers (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

Aaron Rodgers unveiled that he is back on Tuesday night and that might just be the worst news possible for the Minnesota Vikings.

All the Minnesota Vikings need to do to get to the playoffs is to win one more football game and they have three opportunities to do so. It is very likely that the Vikings achieve that goal. Another goal is making the Super Bowl and that might have just gotten a little tougher on Wednesday night.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took to social media on Tuesday night to announce that he was medically cleared to play. Rodgers returns to a Packers team that is currently sitting at 7-6 and outside of the playoff picture, but there are a couple, granted tough, paths for Green Bay to still sneak into the playoffs.

That should be the scariest thought running through the minds of the Vikings and their fans. We have found out over the past handful of weeks that the Packers are very mediocre without Rodgers, but we all know how good Rodgers is. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game and can virtually win football games by himself. He’d be a tough matchup for any defense including the Vikings’ stout unit.

The Vikings barely faced Rodgers this season. Rogers broke his collarbone early in the first matchup between the Packers and the Vikings this season, but he will have an opportunity to get revenge in two weeks when the Vikings cross the border into Wisconsin for the second matchup of the season.

Minnesota is a better all-around team than Green Bay, no doubt, but the quarterback position covers up a lot of deficiencies and is often the difference maker in a football game. As good as Case Keenum has played, there is no way he could out duel the future Hall of Famer Rodgers.

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The Vikings can roll into the playoffs knowing that they can beat the likes of the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams because they have already done that this season plus the Philadelphia Eagles just lost Carson Wentz for the season which would make that potential matchup easier. Rodgers could derail the Vikings twice in both the regular season rematch and a possible meeting in the playoffs. It’s simply a scarier proposition.

Minnesota needs to stand their ground in two weeks when taking on the Packers to make sure that Aaron Rodgers doesn’t stand in their playoff path. Anything can happen in any game, so the less the Vikings have to face Rodgers the better.

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The Vikings first return home for a matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals. Kickoff from U.S. Bank Stadium is set for noon on Sunday.