GREEN BAY -- Despite missing the last two games, LB Nick Perry still leads the Packers with eight sacks, and he's going to try to play on Saturday vs. Minnesota at Lambeau Field with a club-cast on his injured hand.
Perry's potential return, coupled with a healthier Clay Matthews, should bode well for Green Bay's pass rush. Matthews has been playing through a shoulder injury and has been very limited in recent weeks, but he told reporters on Thursday that he's feeling much closer to full strength than he has in a while.
Perry's eight sacks are a career high and he's just two away from his first double-digit season. Julius Peppers ranks second on the team with 7 1/2 sacks. As for other pass-rushers, rookie LB Kyler Fackrell is back for his second straight game after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury. LB Jayrone Elliott (hand) is out, though.
Punt returner: Packers DB Micah Hyde made a game-saving play at the goal line last week. Maybe his big play this week comes on special teams. He took over at punt return last week for WR Randall Cobb, due to Cobb's ankle injury, and with Cobb sitting out today's game, Hyde could be the man again.
Hyde has returned three punts for TDs in his career, though he hasn't had one since Week 17 of the 2014 season.
Weather update: It's a gorgeous winter day in Green Bay. Temperatures are in the 30s with minimal winds and no chance of rain or snow after about 3 inches of snow fell in the area on Friday.
Scoreboard watching: For the full rundown on the NFC playoff picture as it pertains to the Packers, check out this week's "Path to the Playoffs."
Opposite directions: The Packers have won four straight after a four-game losing streak. The Vikings have lost seven of nine after starting the season 5-0. What does all that mean for today? Momentum can be a funny thing in the NFL, and it's the topic of this week's "One Last Look."
TV map: Here's the FOX TV map for the noon CT kickoff window, courtesy of 506sports.com.