Packers-Vikings: How we're picking it

Weston Hodkiewicz, Pete Dougherty, Ryan Wood, and Robert Zizzo
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Weston Hodkiewicz (10-0)

Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers (56) runs back an interception for a touchdown in a 42-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field on Thursday night.

Packers 35, Vikings 17

The Packers have to be careful not to look too far ahead, though it appears they have a lot more talent on both sides of the ball than Minnesota. There's still a threat of a letdown after two dominating victories over Chicago and Philadelphia. Plus, Mike Zimmer's defense has been known to get the best of Aaron Rodgers. Still, Green Bay holds a decisive advantage in caliber of quarterback play and overall experience. The same can be said for Rodgers' perimeter and backfield weapons. If the offensive line keeps the Vikings' rushers at bay, there's no reason why the Packers shouldn't roll in this one.

Pete Dougherty (8-2)

Packers 34, Vikings 17

This does have the makings of the proverbial trap game for the Packers with New England on deck. But the Packers have too many weapons on offense and will be more than comfortable playing outdoors in TCF Stadium. That figures to be too much for Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to overcome.

Ryan Wood (8-2)

Packers 35, Vikings 14

Aaron Rodgers may be on his way to a second MVP, but it's the Packers' defense that holds the key to the future. That unit has played very well in the team's past two home blowouts. Still, the last time Green Bay played on the road, it was a rough night in New Orleans. The challenge this week is whether the defense can play with the same dominance away from Lambeau Field. Against rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and the league's No. 28-rated offense, that shouldn't be a problem.

Robert Zizzo (8-2)

Packers 30, Vikings 20

While Teddy Bridgewater might be Minnesota's quarterback for the next decade, he doesn't seem polished enough yet to produce the number of points it will take to beat Green Bay. He has weapons in Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings, just not enough of them. The Packers, meanwhile, are on a roll offensively and could put another game away early.

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