Packers-Vikings capsule

The battle for NFC North supremacy takes place Sunday at Lambeau Field. It should be a clash of offenses, with Minnesota's attack ranking first in the NFL and Green Bay's checking in at fourth. Defensively, Minnesota's ranks 28th while Green Bay's has surged to 17th after shutting down three woeful offenses.

WHAT: MINNESOTA VIKINGS at GREEN BAY PACKERS

WHEN: 3:15 p.m. Sunday

TV: Fox

OPENING LINE: Packers by 4.

LAST WEEK: Vikings lost on "Monday Night Football" at Indianapolis 31-28. Packers had bye and have won three straight, including 28-14 at Washington in Week 8.

VIKINGS OFFENSE: OVERALL (1), RUSH (11), PASS (2)

VIKINGS DEFENSE: OVERALL (28), RUSH (13), PASS (29)

PACKERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (4), RUSH (12), PASS (3)

PACKERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (17), RUSH (18), PASS (18)

SERIES RECORD: Tied 42-42-1.

LAST MEETING: This series is about as even as it gets, as the series record suggests. The Packers are even 13-14-1 at Lambeau Field, including last year's season-opening 30-25 loss. The Packers turned the tables, however, by winning 30-27 at Minnesota on Nov. 2. Like the final score in the Lambeau game, the closeness of the Metrodome clash was a bit deceiving. The Packers led the entire second half, and led by 10 until the Vikings scored with 33 seconds left.

While Minnesota's Randy Moss scored one touchdown, Green Bay's Javon Walker countered with a pair. The first, an 11-yard pass from Brett Favre with 21 seconds left in the first half, put the Packers in front 20-14. The Vikings tied it with a pair of third-quarter field goals before Favre hit Walker for 12 yards and another touchdown to put the Packers in front for good 27-20.

Favre threw three touchdown passes despite his broken thumb, and Ahman Green led a powerhouse running attack with 137 yards. For the game, Green Bay ran for 261 yards.


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