Game of the week, game for the division title, game of foes. I have heard the Vikings Packer game called all of these names, I have even heard it been called the best game in 10 years...huh? The best game...in 10 years??? Thats saying something. What about the Packers vs. Broncos in the superbowl, infact what about last years Giants vs Pats superbowl...those were both pretty good games. Anyways, I am here to tell you why the Vikings will not beat the Packers, and for the records, why the will not even be close!
1.) Everyone is high on Jared Allen. I will be the first to admit he is one of the greatest DE's in the game, if not the best. But fact of the matter is, he is playing one of the best tackles in the game, Chad Clifton. Who if anyone would like to recall was absolutley dominant against Allen last year, allowing only 3 tackles and .5 sacks the one game they played. So I would put him as a non factor this game, he is one of the best going against one of the best. Sure it will be an epic battle, but Clifton has shut down most if not all the prolific pass rushers last year, here are the DE's he faced and how they fared...
Trent Cole- 5 tkls 1.5 sacks
Osi Umenyiora- 3 tckls 0 sacks
Igor Olshanksy- 3 tckls 0 sacks
Jared Allen- 3 tkls .5 sacks
Alex Brown- 1 tckls 0 sacks
Demetric Evans- 1 tckls 0 sacks
Kenechi Udeze- 3 tckl 0 sacks
Chris Canty- 2 tckl 0 sacks
Those are the big name DE's he faced. And the 3 Pro Bowlers in that mix combined for a total of 2 sacks against Clifton...dominance. Look for that trend to continue against Allen again.
2.)Tavaris Jackson is hurt, and normally bad. I thought Jackson could be good coming out of college, but he has been straight awful, he completed 58% of his passes for nearly 2000 yards while throwing 9 TD's and 12 picks. Right...and he is going to dominate one of the top 5 defenses in the league? Overall Jackson has thrown 11 TD's and 16 picks, so just looking at these numbers, I see no real improvement from him, and I see no reason why he should suddenly change against one of the best pass defenses, being hurt wont help either.
3.) The Packers dominated Adrian Peterson last year. In fact Peterson was hurt in his last game against the Packers. He averaged about 75 yards a game and no TD's against the Packers. No doubt he is a good RB, but against a big defensive front and the best LB core in the league, he cant keep up. Peterson relies on being faster than the D-Line and LB's and to run through them. That isnt going to happen with Nick Barnett, AJ Hawk, Brady Poppinga, and Desmond Bishop. All 4 of them are fast, strong and big hitters, I just dont see him outplaying them.
Look for Peterson to run scared against them and timid because he did get injured against them, and wont want to repeat that. And against a better line with the big ol' Pickett fence (Ryan Pickett), Peterson should be only an average back.
4.) The worst secondary vs one of the best passing offenses. The deepest WR core should have its way against the Vikings pitiful secondary. This is also where I feel the need to back up Rodgers. The times Rodgers has played, he has done so sucessfully, apart from the Pats game where we later found out he played on a broken toe for the game. Against a much much much better secondary in Dallas, he torched them for 201 yards and a TD, all in about a half of the game while playing from behind. The guy has ability and he will rely on Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones, Ruvell Martin, Donald Lee, and Jordy Nelson...yeah, all of them are huge playmakers. Even the lesser known guys like Jones, he burned the best CB in the game, Champ Bailey, for a 70 yard TD last year.
Its the system not the QB. The Packers offense is a system designed for any QB to step in and be able to throw the ball. Favre was good, but Rodgers will be better. The system calls for a accurate mobile QB, both of which Rodgers has more than Favre. Expect a big showing.
5.) The last time a Viking called the Packers out and said he was going to hurt one of them, they got demolished. Look for the Packers to use Jared Allens comments as fuel.
Prediction: 28-0 Packers win.