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Vikings are slight underdogs at home vs. Packers

13 October, 2017, 18:01 | Author: Leah Owens
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But while Green Bay's purple-and-gold clad neighbors generally bring their best to these matchups, the boys from Titletown have dominated the series with an 11-3-1 record since 2010. Minnesota has until Week 11 to activate Bridgewater for this season.

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has taken a pounding through the first five weeks of the National Football League season. Can it hold up without Sam Bradford? The Vikings have forced four interceptions, putting them at 10th with along with eight other teams. Injuries and offseason departures have left the Packers in quite a predicament. The Vikings also have a plethora of speedy linebackers who can get after the passer in a hurry.

Keenum, who set an NCAA standard at the University of Houston by passing for more than 5,000 yards three times, told reporters he anticipates starting this week and every week.

As for my prediction in the contest, I expect the Packers to win by double digits. However, Bradford has fallen victim to several leg/knee injuries and will miss this game as a result, and replacing him is backup quarterback Case Keenum. "We've got some good experience, but a lot of things to work on as well, so we need to go to work and get better". Along the way, Keenum has developed a strong connection with star receiver Stefon Diggs, who has 395 receiving yards this season and will be Keenum's favorite target in the game.

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The Vikings' quarterback situation has been in flux since the end of training camp in 2016, when starter Teddy Bridgewater was lost to a severe knee injury suffered in practice.

Rodgers is off to another great start this season.

Bridgewater has not practiced in more than a year but is scheduled to come off the physically unable to perform list next week, which may further cloud the quarterback waters.

So, as we approach the halfway point of the season, the Packers and their fans can finally start hoping that this year's team can snag that elusive win in the NFC Championship Game and punch their ticket back to the Super Bowl, which, as it happens, will be in Minnesota this year.

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Aaron Rodgers leads the league with 13 touchdown passes. Over their last 14 games, the Packers are 10-4 ATS. He and Rodgers will face a tough test in Minnesota's defense.

Heading into Sunday's Week 6 battle against the 4-1 Packers at U.S. Bank Stadium, the 3-2 Vikings are three-point underdogs according to Bovada.

"He's just a very smart coach and has his guys well prepared", Rodgers said.

Aaron Rodgers is used to not having a run game to aid him, and that will likely be the case in this one.

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