PACKERS STATIS­TICS

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - WEEK 2 MATCHUPS -

Pass­ing

Packers Opp. Rush­ing

Packers Opp. Scor­ing Packers Opp. Att

37 24 301 64.9 35 23 155 65.7 Att. Yds Avg Lng TD

18 27 TD 3 2 Cmp

69 3.8 15 139 5.1 16 Rsh Rec Ret 0 1 Pos­ses­sion Avg. To­tal Net Yards Net Yards Rush­ing Avg. Per Game Net Yards Pass­ing Avg. Per Game 3 0 Yds Packers 0 0 Cmp%

0 1 Pts 24 23 Opp. Yds/ Att TD

8.1 3 4.4 0 Re­ceiv­ing Packers Opp. Int Packers Opp.

Kick­ing

Packers Opp. Int

1 0 Rec. Lng

75 33 Yds

4/40 110.3 4/16 77.2 Avg Lng TD 24 341 14.2 75 23 171 7.4 33 No. Yds Avg 0 0 0 1 27 27.0

PAT

3/3 1/1 2/2 3/3

Packers

To­tal First Downs Rush­ing

3rd Down Pct. 4th Down/Att. 4th Down Pct. Penal­ties/Yards Sack/ Lost

FG Rtg 3 0 TD 0 1

Pts

6 11 Opp. W ........ Chicago ........ 24-23 Sept. 16 .... Min­nesota .... 1 Sept. 23 at Washington 1 Sept. 30 ....... Buf­falo ....... 1 Oct. 7 ....... at Detroit ....... 1 Oct. 15 San Fran­cisco 8:15 Oct.21 ............. Bye ............. Oct. 28 . at L.A. Rams . 4:25 Nov. 4 at New Eng­land 8:20 Nov.11 ......... Mi­ami ......... 1 Nov. 15 ... at Seat­tle ... 8:20 Nov. 25 at Min­nesota 8:20 Dec. 2 ......... Ari­zona ......... 1 Dec. 9 ......... At­lanta ......... 1 Dec. 16 ..... at Chicago ..... 1 Dec. 23 .... at N.Y. Jets .... 1 Dec. 30 ....... Detroit ........ 1

Sun­day, 1 p.m. ET, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wis­con­sin TV: Fox

Danny Sheri­dan’s line: Packers by 11⁄2

Packers’ keys to vic­tory

QB Aaron Rodgers could play af­ter in­jur­ing his knee in the come­back win over the Bears, but he’ll need to be as well pro­tected as he was for long stretches in the sec­ond half of the opener. The in­jury lim­ited Rodgers to the pocket and forced quick, on-time throws. Can the Packers ex­e­cute the same plan against the Vik­ings’ fast, ag­gres­sive de­fense? Green Bay’s de­fense will need to find ways to limit WRs Adam Thie­len and Ste­fon Diggs (145 re­ceiv­ing yards and a touch­down vs. the 49ers in QB Kirk Cousins’ de­but). DeShone Keizer is Rodgers’ backup if he can’t go.

Vik­ings’ keys to vic­tory

Keep­ing Rodgers in the pocket shouldn’t be a prob­lem, so the Vik­ings will have a sim­ple goal on de­fense: Shut down the quick throws and col­lapse the pocket. Coach Mike Zim­mer’s group has the tal­ent up front and in the sec­ondary to get it done. On of­fense, the Vik­ings might lean on RB Dalvin Cook, who pro­duced 95 to­tal yards in Week 1. The Bears found suc­cess get­ting the ball to RBs Jor­dan Howard and Tarik Co­hen, who com­bined for 148 to­tal yards.

Who wins?

The Vik­ings should ben­e­fit greatly from Rodgers’ in­jury, which could im­mo­bi­lize the MVP quar­ter­back and take away his abil­ity to ex­tend plays. Min­nesota is bal­anced enough on of­fense to steal a win at Lambeau Field.

Vik­ings, 23-20

Zach Kruse

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