Do or Die: Vikings/Packers Wild Card Preview

SKOL.

For a team that could have only dreamed of making the playoffs this year, the Minnesota Vikings are not playing too shabby.  After a big home win over the Packers last week to boost themselves into the 2013 NFL playoffs, the Vikes find themselves playing the Green Bay Packers, again and for the third time this season, in hopes for another win and to play another week of football.

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Offense Objectives:
Christian Ponder has to play, again, an even better game than last week.  He is listed as questionable due to an elbow injury he experienced last week at Mall of America field against the Pack, which leaves Vikings fans thinking about backup Joe Webb.  If Christian plays, and plays well, the Vikes will roll out of Lambeau with a win, if not?  The game is a toss up.  Also, Ponder, reduce the scramble.  Please?

Adrian Peterson.  Unbelievable.

Offensive Line.  Stellar.

Receiving core will also play a huge part in tonight's game.  Kyle Rudolph, who literally does not know how to drop a football, should work well down under for Ponder as well as Michael Jenkins and Jarius Wright, who made big plays last weekend.  Don't be surprised if AP gets the ball as well, it's hard to tank him down whenever he has possession, so give it to him more.

Defensive Objectives:
The secondary needs to play very well.  The Packers don't play as well at home in comparison to an indoor field due to the weather conditions and their style of play, passing.  It's obvious Green Bay will utilize Aaron Rodgers and throw the ball around, they do every week, our secondary cannot have the breakdowns they suffered last weekend or it could cost the game.

I thought the defensive line played well for the most part last weekend.  They must keep pressure on Rodgers at all time but be ready for a run as well.  Easier said than done obviously.  All in all, Jared Allen and Chad Greenway will have huge games.

Fun Facts:
  • Vikings haven't been in the playoffs since 2009
  • Packers have lost their last 2 home playoff games
  • Christian Ponder has had limited practice since last week
Injury Report:

Vikings:
Issue
Status
Christian Ponder
Elbow Bursitis
Questionable
Brian Robison
Shoulder
Probable
Harrison Smith
Knee
Probable
Adrian Peterson
Abdomen
Probable
Antoine Winfield
Hand
Questionable
Jared Allen
Shoulder
Probable
Tyrone McKenzie
Shoulder
Questionable

Packers:
Issue
Status
James Starks
Knee
Questionable
Randall Cobb
Ankle
Probable
Jordy Nelson
Knee
Probable
Charles Woodson
Shoulder
Probable


Lets Compare Shall We?

Team Stats:

Vikings
Packers
Offense
171.9
Pass Yards
253.1
164.6
Rush Yards
106.4
336.6
Total Yards
359.4
3rd Down Conv.
78
Made
90
210
Attempted
213
37.10%
PCT
42.30%
4th Down Conv.
7
Made
7
11
Attempted
13
63.6%
PCT
53.8%
Defense
244.3
Pass Yards Allowed
218.3
105.8
Rush Yards Allowed
118.5
350
Total Yards Allowed
336.8
1075
Tackles
1024
44
Sacks
47
10
Interceptions
18
19
Forced Fumbles
8


Player Stats:

Vikings
Packers
C. Ponder
Passing
A. Rodgers
62.1%
COMP %
67.2%
2935
Yards
4295
18
TD
39
12
INT
8
A. Peterson
Rushing
A. Green
348
Carries
135
2097
Yards
464
6
Average
3.4
12
TD's
0
P. Harvin
Receiving
R. Cobb
62
Receptions
80
677
Yards
954
10.9
Average
11.9
3
TD's
8
K. Rudolph
J. Jones
53
Receptions
64
493
Yards
784
9.3
Average
12.3
9
TD's
14
B. Walsh
Kicking
M. Crosby
25
FG Made
21
28
FG Attempted
33
100%
Extra Pt %
100%
10 for 10
50+
2 for 9
56
Long
54
C. Greenway
Tackles
M. Burnett
98
Solo
88
50
Assist
35
148
Total
123
H. Smith
Interceptions
C. Hayward
3
INTs
6
87
Yards
81
2
TDs
0
J. Allen
Sacks
Matthews
12
Sack
13
63
Yards Loss
84
5
Tloss
5


I think this game will depend on Ponder's decision to play or not as well as secondary performance.  Obviously the vikings haven't relied to much on the quarterback, but it's a very important decision and I believe Ponder is our guy.


GO VIKINGS!!!!!

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