Everything changed for the Green Bay Packers a year ago when they faced the Vikings in Minnesota. Aaron Rodgers can frustrate another North NFC rival?
There will be.
Last Sunday at Lambeau Field, the worst seemed to have happened. The Green Bay Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, went down and grabbed him by the knee. A few moments later, he was transported out of the field. At the interval, the Chicago Bears had built a lead of 17-0. The new head coach Matt Nagy and his team would have extended that lead to 20 points.
But here is Rodgers, ready to go after the interval and return to the field with 9:1
But the twice NFL MVP was just heating up. The three successive times when the Packers took the kick, Rodgers took them to the touchdowns. When all was said and done, Mike McCarthy's team rallied for a 24-23 victory, kicking off the season dramatically.
But what about this Sunday? Defeating a divisional rival like the Bears was enormous. Now here comes the defending champion NFC North Minnesota Vikings and the top-level defense a year ago. After the victory over Chicago, Michelle Tafoya of NBC asked Rodgers if he was ready for the Purple Gang?
"I will play next week."
But will he do it? Since then, Rodgers has been diagnosed with a "knee sprain". So, what about Sunday? "I want to play, of course, but I do it only one day at a time," said the prolific bystander on Wednesday (via PackersWire.com's Zach Kruse. "See how it feels tomorrow.) See how it feels Friday, Saturday. to go on Sunday. "
We do not bury the command: a year ago the Packers left with a 4-1 start and were in Minnesota to face their neighbors north NFC, contest with what turned out to be a broken collarbone, courtesy of a controversial strike by the Viking linebacker Anthony Barr. The prolific Passers of the Packers would have been lost for the vast majority of the season, he was not himself in a defeat 31-24 in which he threw as many interceptions (3 ) as the touchdown passes.
Rodgers' career numbers against the Minnesota Vikings are completely out of scale – one Monday night against this long-time divisional rivalry in 2 008 and left with a victory. Including a playoff match in 2012, he made 19 starts and his team won 12 of these competitions. He launched 40 touchdown passes compared to only six interceptions. He faced some fierce Minnesota defenses, fired 59 times in those games. A lot of that punishment came at the hands of the Viking defensive end Jared Allen.
But now it's time. And this defense of Minnesota is able to humiliate any quarterback of the league. Last week Mike Zimmer's team refreshed with Jimmy Garoppolo from San Francisco. Undefeated as an NFL starter entering the game (7-0), the still-young call-call completed less than half of his shots (15-of-33) for 261 yards and a score. But he was eliminated three times and fired three times in a 24-16 defeat.
It is hard to believe that Rodgers will not be on court on Sunday. There is a lot at stake for the team and the player, who would definitely like to show the Vikings that he is still very much alive and well … and that he launches. Even more significant, if the Green Bay Packers can keep home service against defending division champions, the team would be leaving for 2-0 and both wins in NFC North. It's a huge game for a variety of reasons.