It’s here. The Green Bay Packers’ home opener has arrived, as they host the Minnesota Vikings today in a week two matchup. The two teams come in with matching 1-0 records, with Minnesota defeating the Atlanta Falcons at home in week one and the Packers opening the season with a 10-3 victory over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.
Today, the two teams will decide the early leader in the NFC North. The Packers’ defense looks resurgent after that win a week ago, with all of the team’s new additions having big games. Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith in particular were forces against the Bears’ offensive line, and they will have opportunities to feast once again against a Vikings line that is missing one starter in Pat Elflein.
Meanwhile, the Packers’ passing game will look to get on track. They will have a great opportunity to do so this week, with the Vikings missing two of their top four cornerbacks. Starters Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes are in the lineup, but CB3 and CB4 Mackensie Alexander and Mike Hughes are both injured and inactive. Add in another injury to starting linebacker Ben Gedeon and there is a recipe for success if Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur can get in sync.
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