The last time Aaron Rodgers played against the Minnesota Vikings, the Green Bay Packers’ 2017 season effectively came to an end. Anthony Barr hit Rodgers and broke his collarbone, costing him nine games and forcing backup quarterback Brett Hundley to try to lead the team back to the playoffs. In case you lived under a rock for the last year, he failed to do so.
However, the last time Rodgers played the Vikings at Lambeau Field, it was Christmas Eve 2016. Santa Rodg was giving presents to his receivers all game long, completing 28 of 38 passes for 347 yards and four touchdowns. Rodgers also ran for another touchdown, famously juking Xavier Rhodes out of his cleats on his way to the end zone.
Rodgers’ mobility was on display in that game, but assuming he plays on Sunday, it should be virtually nonexistent as a result of the sprained left knee he suffered in week one. That puts an extra onus on his offensive line to give him solid protection and on his head coach to help him get the ball out of his hands quickly.
How will that knee respond? Will the Packers defense contain Kirk Cousins and company? And can the Packers improve to 2-0 and pick up a crucial win over the NFC North favorites? Here’s how to tune in and find out.
Minnesota Vikings (1-0) vs. Green Bay Packers (1-0)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
12:00 Noon Central Time
FOX regional broadcast
Broadcast Map (Packers-Vikings game shown in red)
Commentators: Kevin Burkhardt, Charles Davis
Week 6: @Vikings 23, Packers 10
Week 16: Vikings 16, @Packers 0
All-Time Series History
Regular Season: Packers lead 59-52-2
Postseason: Tied 1-1
Week 1 Results
Point spread (as of Thursday): Pick’em
Over/under total: 46