The Green Bay Packers have an opportunity to sweep their divisional rivals, the Minnesota Vikings, in consecutive years on Sunday. Matt LaFleur’s team went 6-0 in the NFC North last season and are off to a 2-0 start in divisional games this year, a record that includes a 43-34 victory in Minnesota in week one.
The last time the Packers won both games against the Vikings in consecutive seasons was in the 2010 and 2011 campaigns, which saw the Packers win the Super Bowl the first season and go 15-1 in the next. This game looks poised to give the team a repeat of at least the two-year sweep of their rivals to the West.
But coming in is a Minnesota team that, despite its 1-5 record, has challenged its opponents at times. They lost by multiple scores to the Packers and Colts in the season’s first two games, but then dropped a pair of one-point decisions to the Titans and Seahawks, teams that have combined for a 10-2 record this season. Is that the real Vikings team, which fit an 8-point win over the Texans between those games? Or is it the team that got housed 40-23 by the 2-6 Atlanta Falcons prior to their bye week?
We’ll have answers to some of those questions over the next three hours or so. Join us here in our game thread to follow along with Packers-Vikings!