Week 12 Preview: Packers at Vikings

We have team notes and stats as we take our final look at Sunday's division game at Minnesota

Green Bay (7-3) at Minnesota (4-6)

KICKOFF: Sunday, noon, Fox

OPENING LINE: Packers by 10

RECORD VS. SPREAD: Green Bay 7-3, Minnesota 4-6

SERIES RECORD: Packers lead 57-49-2

LAST MEETING: Packers beat Vikings 42-10, Oct. 2, 2014

LAST WEEK: Packers beat Eagles 53-20; Vikings lost to Bears 21-13

AP PRO32 RANKING: Packers No. 3, Vikings No. 24

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES: Vikings have only won one of last 10 matchups with Packers, in 2012 regular-season finale. They tied once last year. ... TCF Bank Stadium will be site of first outdoor game between rivals in Minnesota since Nov. 29, 1981 at Metropolitan Stadium. They played once before on University of Minnesota campus, on Oct. 5, 1969 at Memorial Stadium. ... Packers coach Mike McCarthy is 13-4-1 vs. Vikings. ... Packers are second team in NFL history to score 53 or more points in consecutive games, joining 1950 Los Angeles Rams. ... Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has 22 TDs and one INT in last eight games vs. Vikings. His career passer rating of 118.5 vs. Vikings is highest by any opposing QB. ... Packers RB Eddie Lacy has 236 yards and two TDs on 14 receptions over last three games. He has 178 yards and one score on 37 rushes. ... Packers' defense has forced seven turnovers, totaled seven sacks and scored three TDs over last two games. Packers also had special teams score last week. ... Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater missed last game vs. Packers with sprained left ankle. Over last three games, he has thrown one INT and taken five sacks. His 64.2 completion percentage vs. Bears (18 for 28) was career high. ... Vikings WR Charles Johnson, seventh-round draft pick by Packers in 2013, led team with six receptions for 87 yards last game. ... Vikings FS Harrison Smith tied for third in NFL with four INTs. Two of his nine career INTs are vs. Packers.


DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE: McCarthy is 13-4-1 against Minnesota since taking the job in 2006, including 8-1-1 in the past 10 matchups. Rodgers has 30 touchdown passes and only four interceptions in 13 games facing the Vikings, and his 118.5 passer rating is the highest by any opposing quarterback against Minnesota.

REMEMBER ME? The leading pass catcher last week for the Vikings was none other than Charles Johnson, with six for 87 yards. He was signed off Cleveland's practice squad on Sept. 20 after troubled wide receiver Jerome Simpson was released.

Johnson's first appearance was on Oct. 2 against the Packers, who drafted him in the seventh round out of NCAA Division II Grand Valley State last year. Johnson was signed that season off the practice squad by the Browns, who then discovered he needed reconstructive knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Healthy now, Johnson was eager this week to face his original team. He believed at the time he could blossom into Green Bay's next standout among many at that position over the years.

"I knew my ability, and I just want to be great and I'm willing to work to be great," Johnson said.

NEVER SATISFIED: The Packers have been so dominant this month that questions have come up about possibly peaking too early, but players sharply dismissed the notion of complacency. Their halftime scores the past two weeks? 30-6 and 42-0. "You want to keep that going," left guard Josh Sitton said. "It's just the competitive drive that we have."

QUIET JENNINGS: Greg Jennings leads the Vikings with 463 yards receiving, but in three games facing his old team he's hardly been a factor. Against the Packers, Jennings has a total of five catches for 69 yards and no scores. He has been targeted 12 times.

DEFENSIVE PRODUCTION: The defense has been just as active the past two games for the Packers. They have seven sacks, seven forced turnovers and three touchdowns. They lead the NFL with a plus-22 turnover margin.

Turnover Margin (+14) 1 1
Points Scored (33.0)1 1
Points Allowed (22.5) 7 17
Total Offense (369.5) 5 9
Rushing (102.2) 8 18
Passing (267.3) 5 8
Total Defense (377.4) 12 25
Vs. Rush (139.2) 15 29
Vs. Pass (238.2) 6 13
Third-Down Offense (44.4%) 4 7
Third-Down Defense (43.5%) 11 24
Red-Zone Offense (61.0%) 5 9
Red-Zone Defense (45.7%) 1 4
Passing: Rodgers (120.1)1 1
Rushing: Lacy (547) 10 17
Receptions: Nelson (60) 4 7
Rec. Yds.: Nelson (998) 1 3
Interceptions: Hayward (3) 3t 8t
Sacks: Peppers (5.0) 11t 22t

Turnover Margin (+1) 7 13t
Points Scored (18.1)16 28
Points Allowed (22.0) 6 14
Total Offense (309.1) 16 30
Rushing (117.0) 5 12
Passing (192.1) 15 29
Total Defense (340.5) 5 12
Vs. Rush (115.3) 11 21
Vs. Pass (225.2) 4 8
Third-Down Offense (35.0%) 15 28
Third-Down Defense (40.3%) 5 14
Red-Zone Offense (52.0%) 10t 21t
Red-Zone Defense (63.0%) 12 26
Passing: Bridgewater (75.0) 16 29
Rushing: McKinnon (484)11 18
Receptions: Jennings (36) 29t 62t
Rec. Yds.: Jennings (463) 29t 58t
Interceptions: Smith (4) 1t 3t
Sacks: Griffen (9.0)2 8t

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