How we're picking Thursday's game

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Weston Hodkiewicz (4-0)

Packers 34, Vikings 24

Aaron Rodgers never has lost a Thursday night game against an NFC North opponent and a hobbled, green Teddy Bridgewater won't be enough to change that. The Vikings' ground game shouldn't be overlooked, but not sure if it'll be enough to outduel the Packers' rejuvenated offense playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in nearly three weeks. Dom Capers' defense holds up and the Packers venture north of .500 for the first time this season.

Robert Zizzo (4-0)

Packers 31, Vikings 17

There are two big reasons Green Bay fans should hope QB Teddy Bridgewater is healthy enough to play: He barely practiced this week, a short one, so the rookie's all-important prep work was greatly diminished; and his backup, Christian Ponder, saves his best performances for the Packers. But Green Bay is returning home from a two-game road swing and has a wide talent advantage over Minnesota.

Pete Dougherty (3-1)

Packers 31, Vikings 20

The Vikings are re-energized with new coach Mike Zimmer and first-round quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. But even if Bridgewater plays despite his injured ankle, he's still a rookie, and susceptible to the ups and downs of a young quarterback. It's hard to see either him or backup Christian Ponder beating Aaron Rodgers tonight at Lambeau Field.

Ryan Wood (3-1)

Packers 34, Vikings 17

Now that the offense has found what works, expect the Packers to stick with it. Green Bay doesn't need running back Eddie Lacy to go more than 100 yards — or even 50 — to beat Minnesota. It just needs to play clean football, limit turnovers and penalties, and keep the football in quarterback Aaron Rodgers' hands. With a rookie quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater and the absence of Adrian Peterson, it's hard to imagine how the Vikings' offense can keep pace with Rodgers. Expect a nice win and a happy weekend away from football.

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