MINNEAPOLIS – The Packers look to make it two straight on the road.
Here’s a rundown of items worth some attention.
1. A streak to snap: Minnesota pass rusher Everson Griffen has at least one sack in every game this season, and six overall in 2017. Stopping Griffen and the Vikings’ pass rush is a top priority for Green Bay’s offensive line. Left tackle David Bakhtiari is questionable and therefore possibly going to miss his fifth straight game. If he can’t go, Lane Taylor will slide over from left guard, and Justin McCray will take Taylor’s usual spot, which would give the Packers the same starting five up front in back-to-back games for the first time this season.
2. Another trend to change: Neither Sam Bradford nor announced starter Case Keenum has thrown an interception this season as Vikings QBs. The Packers haven’t had an interception in a road game at Minnesota since 2014. One could go a long way.
3. Matching wits: Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has faced a Mike Zimmer-coached defense eight times in his career (two with Cincinnati, six with Minnesota) and gone 4-4. Someone gets to take the lead again.
4. Celebration central: The Packers broke out the bobsled celebration in the end zone at Dallas last week, while the Vikings played an impromptu game of duck-duck-goose (or gray duck, apparently) in Chicago. What will be each team’s next celebration gig, and who will get the best reviews?
5. NFC North implications: Things could swing heavily one way or another in the division depending on this week’s results. With the Packers looking to get to 5-1, they could take a two-game lead over the rest of the NFC North if the Saints beat the 3-2 Lions down in New Orleans. Conversely, if the Vikings and Lions both win, there will be a three-way tie atop the division at 4-2.