The main goal is to win, but the Minnesota Vikings also need to strive for leaving Green Bay healthy on Saturday night.
The Frozen Tundra is going to live up to its name on Saturday night. With temperatures in the single digits, fans across Minnesota and Wisconsin are going to be cold just watching the contest from their homes. The players from both teams also will be facing the chill alongside their rivals. With those two tough factors in mind, the Minnesota Vikings need to make sure they leave Green Bay healthy.
There’s been talk over the past few days if the Packers will try to retaliate for Anthony Barr’s hit on Aaron Rodgers earlier this season that sunk Green Bay’s playoff chances. Theories of headhunting and bounties have flown around and that Barr or quarterback Case Keenum might be the target of some not-so-legal hits. These two stars need to keep their head on a swivel.
It is hard to tell what kind of motivation a team that is eliminated from playoff contention might have. Personally, if I was a Green Bay Packer, I wouldn’t want to risk the fine or suspension to unleash some funny business on Minnesota. Plus, as a player, you never know when you might potentially have to cross sides of the rivalry and see yourself in the opposition’s colors.
In addition to the potential funny business, the cold weather also doesn’t help keep players healthy. It seems that every bone-chilling game results in a couple more injuries or two. Some of those are unpreventable, but the Vikings need to do all that they humanly can to leave unscathed.
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The main goal should be to win. More wins results in a first round bye and maybe even home field advantage if the cards fall right for Minnesota. But a playoff berth has been secured and having all systems online would be a great help to the Vikings paying off their ultimate goal.
The Vikings are full of stars, only four if you ask the Pro Bowl though, but they will need everyone’s help to get through the playoff bracket. So, if you have any Christmas wishes left, maybe wish for good health for the likes of Barr, Keenum and the rest of the Vikings starting lineup.
The Vikings and Packers face off on Saturday night in Green Bay. The game is set for a 7:30 kick on NBC.