Week 12: Packers at Vikings

We take our first look at Sunday's NFC North clash at TCF Bank Stadium, with statistical leaders and notes on each of the teams.

PACKERS (7-3) at VIKINGS (4-6)

KICKOFF: Noon, Sunday

LAST GAME —10/2/14: Vikings 10 at Packers 42. Green Bay RB Eddie Lacy rushed 13 times for 105 yards and two TDs and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw three TD passes.

LAST GAME AT SITE — 10/27/13: Packers 44, Vikings 31. Green Bay WR Jordy Nelson caught seven passes for 123 yards and 2 TDs (11, 76). Packers RBs Eddie Lacy and James Starks each added rushing TDs.

BROADCAST — FOX: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa (Field reporter). Westwood One: Dave Sims, Mark Malone. SIRIUS: 126 (GB), 138 (Min.). XM: 230 (Min.).

PACKERS NOTES: Are second team in NFL history (1950 Rams) to score 53-plus points in consecutive games…QB Aaron Rodgers has won eight of the past nine vs. Minnesota (including playoffs) with 24 TDs, 3 INTs and 125.2 rating. In 13 starts vs. Minnesota, has 30 TDs, 4 INTs and 118.5 rating, including 138.7 mark in Week 5. Leads NFL with 120.1 rating…RB Eddie Lacy has rushed for 309 yards (103 per game) and 4 TDs in four meetings, including 105 yards and 2 TDs in Week 5. Has 232 scrimmage yards (116 per game) and 3 TDs (2 receiving, 1 rushing) in past two…WRs Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson each had TD in Week 5. Cobb leads NFL WRs with 10 TDs and Nelson is tied for 2nd with 9. Cobb has TD in six of past seven (7 TDs). Since 2011, Nelson is one of two in NFL with 4,000-plus yards (4,320), 30-plus receiving TDs (39) and 16-plus average (16.5). Rookie WR Davante Adams had first career TD in last meeting…LB Julius Peppers had 49-yard INT-TD in Week 5 and became first player in NFL history with 100-plus sacks and 10-plus INTs. Had 52-yard INT-TD last week. LB Clay Matthews has 3.5 sacks in past four. In past five, CB Casey Hayward has 3 INTs and scored 2 TDs (82-yard INT-TD, 49-yard FR-TD).

VIKINGS: QB Teddy Bridgewater aims for 5th in row with TD pass…RB Jerick McKinnon leads NFC rookies with 484 rushing yards. In past six at home, RB Matt Asiata has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.)…WR-KR Cordarrelle Patterson had 109-yard KR-TD in only home meeting vs. Green Bay. Has TD in seven of past 15 (4 rush, 4 receiving). WR Charles Johnson, who was drafted by the Packers in 2013, had 6 catches for 87 yards last week, both career-highs. WR Greg Jennings needs 37 receiving yards to reach 500 for eighth time in career…LB Anthony Barr leads NFL rookies with 3 FRs and is tied for rookie lead with 4 sacks. Has 62 tackles, 4 sacks, 3 FRs (1 TD) and FF. DE Everson Griffen is second in NFC with 9 sacks. Has 7 sacks in past six. Has 5 sacks in past five vs. Green Bay (including playoffs). S Harrison Smith had INT in Week 5 and has INT in two of three meetings. Since 2012, CB Captain Munnerlyn is tied for NFL lead with 4 INT-TDs and Smith ties for 3rd with 3 INT-TDs. CB Xavier Rhodes had INT last week.

PACKERSVIKINGS
SERIES LEADER56-48-2
STREAKS7 of past 9
COACHES VS. OPP.McCarthy: 13-4-1Zimmer: 0-1
LAST WEEKW 53-20 vs. EaglesL 21-13 at Bears
PASSINGA. Rodgers: 209-313-2748 (3C)-28 (1C)-3-120.1 (1L)Bridgewater (R): 137-225-1479-4-6-75.0
RUSHINGLacy: 129-547-4.2-5McKinnon (R): 98-484-4.9-0
RECEIVINGNelson: 60-998 (1C)-16.6-9 (T3L)Jennings: 36-463-12.9-2
OFFENSE369.5309.1
TAKE/GIVE+14 (1L)+1
DEFENSE377.4340.5
SACKSPeppers: 5Griffen: 9 (2C)
INTsHayward: 3 (T3C)H. Smith: 4 (T1C)
PUNTINGMasthay: 46.2Locke: 44.1
KICKINGCrosby: 82 (3C) (37/38 PAT; 15/17 FG)Walsh: 69 (15/15 PAT; 18/22 FG)

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