Packers-Vikings: How we picked it
Here's how our Packers Insiders see Week 11 playing out at Minnesota:
WESTON HODKIEWICZ (7-2)
VIKINGS 20, PACKERS 16
This was going to be a tough matchup for the Packers regardless of last Sunday’s outcome against Detroit. The Vikings have won five straight since their bye week with Adrian Peterson running over everyone in his path. Coach Mike Zimmer and his double-A gap blitzes have been effective against the Packers in the past and will challenge quarterback Aaron Rodgers more than ever. This could be a great opportunity for Green Bay to snap its three-game losing streak and catapult itself back into the front of the NFC race. This opponent isn’t the pushover the Lions were supposed to be, though. Unless they get their act together, the Packers may need to wait another week to turn things around.
RYAN WOOD (7-2)
VIKINGS 24, PACKERS 23
It is really hard to imagine this Packers team, the Super Bowl favorites barely a month ago, losing four straight games. When you look at the matchup, there are too many reasons to expect the Vikings to win. With Rodgers' right shoulder less than 100 percent, the Vikings have the best player on the field in Adrian Peterson. They also have the NFL's best running game, and one of its best defenses, two edges that are especially important when playing at home. A loss Sunday wouldn't necessarily doom the Packers' season, and that's a good thing because this game is going to be difficult to win.
PETE DOUGHERTY (7-2)
Packers 24, Vikings 20
The Vikings have the NFL's No. 2 scoring defense, and the Packers' offense is struggling; Adrian Peterson is running great; and the Vikings are hot while the Packers certainly are not. Most signs suggests the Vikings will win. But it's hard to see an Aaron Rodgers-led offense lose a fourth straight game. So the guess here is that the Packers regroup and win a huge game.
STU COURTNEY (7-2)
VIKINGS 23, PACKERS 20
The Packers have dominated the Vikings, going 9-1-1 in the last 11 meetings. They've won four of the last five at Minnesota. There are solid reasons to believe they can do so again Sunday, snap their three-game losing streak and pull into a first-place tie with the Vikings in the NFC North. But the reality is, the Packers' offense is stuck in neutral, and with Aaron Rodgers playing through a sore shoulder, it's hard to imagine him being able to work the kind of magic it will take to overcome an energetic Vikings defense. On the other side of the ball, the Packers' defense has done well this season against power running backs, but Adrian Peterson will put them to the ultimate test.
ROBERT ZIZZO (6-3)
PACKERS 24, VIKINGS 23
Everything points to a Minnesota victory. Two teams going in opposite directions. A road game for Green Bay. The Vikings’ dynamic punt and kickoff returners. A Minnesota defense that’s second in the NFL in points allowed per game. Adrian Peterson. But … the Packers’ backs are to the wall and, for a change, the bull’s eye is on the Vikings. A four-game losing streak in the middle of the season could be devastating for Green Bay’s playoff hopes.