PackerReport.com staff predictions

Packers' forecast against Vikings is bleak, according to most pundits

Matt Tevsh, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 7-1
Sunday's game: Vikings 20, Packers 7
Comment: This one will not end on a field goal this time. The Packers running game that has gained steam will be slowed a bit by the Vikings defense. Still, the game will be close in the fourth quarter until a mistake by the Packers' offense will lead to a separating Vikings TD. Communication on offense has to be better than last week. The same can be said for the defense.

Ken Stills, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 6-2
Sunday's game: Vikings 27, Packer 24
Comment: This game comes down to who will protect the football. Both teams have shown the ability to move the chains and get first downs. The problem is they turn the ball over in key situations, whether by fumble or interception. This is a tough game for me to pick. I still bleed green and gold, but purple has always been my favorite color. Vikings at home in a thriller.

Harry Sydney, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 5-3
Sunday's game: Vikings 24, Packers 17
Comment: Trust me I will never be a HOMER again. So this week even though I don't know how the Vikings will score, I think they will win with Ryan Longwell being a major factor. So I will say the Vikings will win.

W. Keith Roerdink, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 5-3
Sunday's game: Vikings 27, Packers 23
Comment: Even during the good years, the Packers rarely won at the Metrodome. That said, there's no reason to think they'll win there this week. The only mystery may be how they go about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory ... a fumble, an interception, a blown coverage? This is a young and inexperienced team that includes players AND coaches. Don't get me wrong, Green Bay is capable of winning. Aside from the Colts and Patriots, most teams seem beatable in any given week. I just wouldn't get too emotionally invested in this game. It might ruin the rest of your day off.

Doug Ritchay, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 5-3
Sunday's game: Vikings 27, Packers 19
Comment: The Packers have won 2 of their last 3 at Minnesota, and the Vikings have scored 7 offensive TDs in 8 games. So the Packers win, right? No. The Packers' performance last week reminded me what this team is capable of - everything from good to bad. This team is hard to get a read on, but in Brett Favre's "House of Horrors," the bad usually rises. It does again as the Packers are on a fast track to 3-8.

Jay Royle, Publisher
Packers season prediction record: 4-4
Sunday's game: Packers 24, Vikings 21
Comment: The Pack without a doubt just gave last week's game away in a tough environment, but a silver lining in that debacle was the experience gained headed to the dome. Everybody thinks Longwell is going to come back and haunt us, but it's Rayner time, baby, as time expires!!

Steve Lawrence, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-4
Sunday's game: Vikings 17, Packers 10
Comment: The Patriots showed how to beat the Vikings. Pass first, pass second and when in doubt, pass again. Problem is, the Packers aren't equipped to play that style, and the Vikings' powerful front seven will be too strong for the Packers' line.

Todd Korth, Managing Editor
Packers season prediction record: 4-4
Sunday's game: Vikings 21, Packers 13
Comment: This could be another frustrating day in the Metrodome for Brett Favre and the Packers. It will be difficult for the Packers to run against the Vikings top-ranked rush defense, so Favre will be forced to pass. The only problem is, the Packers are thin at wide receiver. Here's hoping David Martin and the tight ends have a big day, but Darren Sharper and company probably will make life miserable for Favre and wide receiver Donald Driver.

Bob Fox, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 4-4
Sunday's game: Packers 20, Vikings 10
Comment: For the Packers to win, they can't make the mistakes they made in Buffalo. The problem is, the Packers usually make mistakes in the Metrodome. Still, I like the Pack to bounce back this week. The Packers are a couple of plays away from being 5-3 or possibly even 6-2. They need to make those plays Sunday. I look for the Green Bay to mix run and pass against the stout front seven for the Vikings. The Packer defense should have a solid day against a suddenly unproductive Minnesota offense. Special teams need to bounce back from a sub par performance in Buffalo.

Tom Andrews, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-5
Sunday's game: Vikings 27, Packers 14
Comment: Just when you start to believe that the Packers will be able to take the next step and win an extremely winnable game against a seemingly inferior opponent, the roof caves in. Green Bay had a legitimate chance to jump-start its season but, instead, shot themselves in the foot - one toe at a time. There's no sense re-hashing the comedy of errors inside the Red Zone against the Buffalo Bills. There's also no reason to believe that the Packers will suddenly play well at Minnesota, a place that has always been Brett Favre's private Hell Hole. The Vikings sport the league's best run defense and one of the loudest venues, too. For good measure, Darren Sharper and Ryan Longwell are waiting in the wings to inflict a little extra pain on their former teammates. It all adds up to another long afternoon for the Green and Gold.

Laura Veras Marran, Correspondent
Packers season prediction record: 3-5
Sunday's game: Vikings xxx, Packers xx
Comment: Although Green Bay should beat the Vikings, who are playing their usual brand of lackluster football, the Metrodome means nothing but back luck for the Packers. Look for Ryan Longwell to rub it in.


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