By Maximillian C. Burgos
The Green Bay Packers travel to Minnesota to face of against the Vikings in a divisional matchup. According to espn.com’s matchup predictor, the Packers have a 50.1% chance of winning the game. The true question is, can Case Keenum really beat Aaron Rodgers in a game that could go either way?
The Packers are coming off of a last minute win that was led by Rodgers and Davante Adams. After the Cowboys’ quarterback, Dak Prescott scored a go-ahead touchdown with a 1:13 to go on the clock, Rodgers showed the world yet again why he is one of the best players in the League.
He started the drive off with a bullet to Adams, moving the Packers in to enemy territory in just two play. After a Rodgers clutch scramble where he broke not one but two potentially game ending tackles, the Packers were set to throw a strike into the end-zone.
On the first strike to the end-zone to Adams, rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis broke up the pass with his forearm. When Adams reached to the huddle, he told Rodgers to run the same play and told Rodgers to throw better pass with his eyes. The result was a beautifully placed ball where only Adams could catch the ball for a Packers touchdown.
After that electric finish, the Packers will defiantly be hyped to get back on the field.
Rodgers is on fire. His ability to make plays elevates the entire Packers team. So far he has connected on 65.5% of his passes, thrown for 1,367 yards, 13 touchdowns, all while only throwing three interceptions this season.
Rookie running back Aaron Jones has also been a solid stand-in starter for the injured Ty Montgomery. Against the Cowboys he ran for 125 yards on 19 attempts and a touchdown.
The Vikings on the other hand have had their fair share of painful blows to their team these last few weeks. Aside from losing Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason. The Vikings have also lost quarterback Sam Bradford for few weeks, lost rookie Dalvin Cook for the rest of the season and Stefon Diggs is also out for Sunday’s matchup.
Keenum has been solid this season filling in for the injured quarterbacks. He has thrown for 895 yards and four touchdowns. He has done a good job in maintaining possession of the ball, will that be enough to beat this Packers unit?
Latavius Murray still hasn’t shown any promise for the Vikings backfield, gaining only 69 yards on 26 attempts. Jerrick McKinnon showed some flashes of greatness against the Bears and for all intentions and purposes show be able to recreate some of that magic against he Packers who have allowed 121.4 yards on the ground this season so far.
Divisional matchups against the Viking and Packers are always interesting. The Vikings defense has proven to be stout and disrupt opposing offenses enough to win games. The Packers offense is something special though with Rodgers on fire. This matchup should prove to be heated at the very least.
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