Green Bay, which plays at Minnesota at noon on Sunday, has lost three of its last four games against Minnesota with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.
While Rodgers hasn’t set the world on fire in those games, he certainly can be credited for playing decent football.
After winning the first matchup of the season in Green Bay, Rodgers can help deliver what could be a final blow to the Vikings’ season on Sunday. Even with three previous losses to Minnesota, circling back to last year’s sackfest by Minnesota at the Metrodome, Rodgers has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,303 yards with 8 touchdowns and 3 picks (2 in the last meeting) for a 99.9 rating.
In the past four games, Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen has collected 8 1/2 sacks, a forced fumble and a safety against Rodgers.
In their first meeting this season, the Packers pulled out a 28-24 win after Desmond Bishop returned a third-quarter Brett Favre throw 32 yards for a touchdown at Lambeau Field. Minnesota, if you recall, had two late scoring opportunities inside the 20 that didn’t connect.
Rodgers (192 of 303, 15 TDs, 9 INT on the season) has a 90.6 rating coming into the game. Meanwhile, a struggling Favre (180 of 289, 10 TDs, 16 INT) has a 72.2.
What separates the 6-3 Packers and the 3-6 Vikings? The teams’ average offensive average is separated by just four yards and Minnesota’s defense has allowed just 16 fewer yards on average per game. It boils down to the fact the Packers defense has vastly improved. Green Bay is the league-leader in fewest points allowed at 15.6 and enters the game with a +6 turnover ratio compared to Minnesota’s -11.
The Packers are coming off a bye week following their 45-7 rout of Dallas that sent Cowboys coach Wade Phillips looking for work.
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and sideline reporter Pam Oliver have the call on FOX.