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Open Thread: Green Bay at Minnesota

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings
Sunday, November 9th, 2008
This is an open thread for the game.

Inactives from

Packers: QB Brian Brohm (3rd), CB Pat Lee, RB DeShawn Wynn, LB Brandon Chillar, DE Jason Hunter, LB Danny Lansanah, OT Breno Giacomini, OG Allen Barbre.

Analysis: No significant injuries or inactives for the Packers. QB Aaron Rodgers is active and will start.

Vikings: QB John David-Booty (3rd), CB Marcus McCauley, TE Garrett Mills, LB Erin Henderson, LB Dontarrious Thomas, OT Marcus Johnson, WR Robert Ferguson, DT Letroy Guion.

Analysis: DE Jared Allen is active and exepcted to start.

The biggest news is that Jared Allen is playing for Minnesota, but since he'll be playing with only one arm, the other suffering from a severe shoulder sprain, it seems unlikely he'll have a major impact on the game.

Oh that Mike McCarthy. Last week at Tennessee, WR James Jones was inactive because the Packers kept extra blockers in to protect QB Aaron Rodgers. Now Jones is active, apparently we can expect some five WR sets because McCarthy does not fear the Vikings pass rush. But now DeShawn Wynn is inactive, leaving only two running backs active. So I guess we can expect more passing than running, which isn't a big surprise since the run defense is Minnesota's big strength.

The biggest surprise is that LB Brandon Chillar is inactive too. Although he had been taking time away from LB A.J. Hawk in recent games, he's inactive today because, apparently, Hawk is in better health and the coaches have more confidence in him, and the Vikings tight ends and running backs are not receiving threats.

The Packers are very healthy right now, this week was one of the shortest injury reports I have seen in the last two seasons, and McCarthy has more flexibility with his roster based on the matchup.