staff predictions

Most pundits feel the Packers land another blow to the Vikings' fast-sinking ship

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 4-1
Packers 24, Vikings 14
Comment: If the Packers lose this game, they don't have much to look forward to the rest of the season. Though they don't play well in the Metrodome, but the Vikings are a mess and won't rise to the occasion just because the Packers are their big rival.

Jeff Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 3-2
Packers 27, Vikings 17
Comment: This Viking team is in shambles. If the Packers can't put a team away that only scored 3 points against the Chicago Bears, they will never turn this season around and compete for a winning record, or an NFC North Championship. The bye came at a good time to get some guys healthy. Hopefully the Packers can jump on the Vikings early and take their fair-weather fans out of the game.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-2
Packers 27, Vikings 24
Comment: Two wounded animals locked up in the same cage - sounds like a recipe for a great fight to me! As they say, you can "throw out the records" for this one (something both of these 1-4 teams would dearly love to do). The Packers have always had problems in the Metrodome dealing with the pumped up Vikings and their noisy fans. I expect more of the same Sunday. The difference is that the Packers are coming into this game with a more positive mindset than the distraction-riddled Vikes. Green Bay also has the promise of at least some semblance of a running attack with an improving offensive line and the return of Ahman Green. If the Packers can run on the Vikings, I think they'll win. But I look for this one to go right down to the wire.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-2
Packers 27, Vikings 20
Comment: The Packers are 3-2 in the Metrodome under Mike Sherman and have a very good record after bye weeks. As for the Vikings, Daunte Culpepper must be color blind because he's throwing to the opponent more this season than his teammates. In other words, the Vikings' ship is up a creek without a paddle.

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 3-2
Vikings 27, Packers 24
Comment: The Vikings were playing horribly, and that was before the alleged sexcapades on the Lust Boat. They certainly were in no mood to play last week at Chicago, but something tells me things will be different on Sunday. Daunte Culpepper emerges from his funk long enough to direct a game-winning, last-minute drive.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 2-3
Packers 28, Vikings 17

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Season prediction record: 2-3
Packers 35, Vikings 17
Comment: Jim Bates is quietly turning Green Bay's defense around with a number of younger players. Green Bay's improved defense along with the return of Ahman Green on offense will be enough to further embarrass the morally inept Vikings.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 2-3
Packers 30, Vikings 20
Comment: Look for Favre to hook up with Ferguson on a big play or two, the defense to toy with Daunte Culpepper, and the Packers to sink the Vikings in the NFC North standings. All puns intended.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Season prediction record: 1-4
Vikings 38, Packers 35
Comment: Green Bay won a nailbiter last year in the dome. Unfortunately this year I think it goes the Vikes' way. They need a big win up there to get rid of all the controversy. What bigger win than against the Pack.

John Lombardi, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 1-4
Packers 28, Vikings 10
Comment: Nothing is more dangerous than a cornered animal, but I think the Vikings showed last week that they have already rolled over and given up on the season. That being said, this is a no-win situation for the Packers. They are expected to win. If they lose, there will be no place to hide from angry Packer fans.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 1-4
Packers 34, Vikings 24
Comment: The Packers have a chance to make a statement here. A win will help build momentum for the Packers as they try to dig out from an early 0-4 start. A win also could put the Pack in a tie for first in the NFC North, plus it could sink the Vikings' floundering ship. Look for the Packers to try and establish their ground attack on Minnesota's weak run defense, and for Brett Favre to utilize a lot of play-action passes. The defense needs to continue its recent trend of getting turnovers.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Season prediction record: 1-4
Packers 31, Vikings 13
Comment: Both teams got off to a rough start, but are now headed in different directions with the Vikings continuing their downward spiral. Meanwhile the Packers return from the bye refreshed and ready to climb back into the thick of the NFC North race -- which won't be hard to do.

Mark A. Wallenfang, Photographer
Season prediction record: 1-4
Packers 38, Vikings 10 Comment: The Viking ship is sinking and what a better time for the Packers to play them. The Vikes just can't seem to pull it together with all the off-field distractions. The Packers will have a great game on offense and defense. Halloween will come a week early in Minneapolis as the 4th quarter boos from whatever fans are left in the stadium, will be the only thing keeping The Dome aloft.

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