Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 NFL Week #2: Packers vs. Vikings Preview and Prediction

Packers fans, game time is fast approaching and neither you nor I have much time right now. We usually provide a fairly comprehensive preview of all the particulars that could affect this game between the Pack and ViQueens in their season and new stadium home opener. But...we'll have to suffice with nothing but the essentials.

The Prediction
Minnesota will have a lot of energy on its side: home opener, stadium opener, Packers as the opponent. And if you read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Packers reporter extraordinaire Bob McGinn's column today you may have a sinking feeling even before any team takes the field. Some really horrible things have happened to the Packers in Minnesota over the years. Let's hope this new stadium starts a stretch of really good things happening.

That's what we're counting on tonight. We're counting on the Packers correcting some of the problems they had in Jacksonville. They'll need to offensively against a top-notch ViQueens defense. And the Packers will need to crank up the defense against what we expect to be a Sam Bradford-led Minnesota offense. If the Packers can hold RB Adrian Peterson in check and force Bradford to try to beat them, it will go in the Packers favor. Peterson is the key. A-duh.

The Packers are favored by anywhere from 1-1/2 to 3 points depending upon source.

So, long story shorter than usual...we're calling it Packers over ViQueens 20-17 in a hard fought game that will probably go down to the wire. Although we hope not.

Go Pack Go!!!