WHEN: Sunday, NOON (CST)
TV: FOX, Kenny Albert, Brian Baldinger, Jay Glazer
SERIES: 91st meeting. The Vikings lead the series 45-44-1. The teams are actually at a 44-44-1 stalemate in the regular season, but Minnesota won the NFC North rivals' lone postseason encounter, 31-17 at Green Bay in the NFC wild-card round during the 2004 season. The Vikings have won the last three meetings, earning their first series sweep last season since 1998. The Packers, though, have won two of the last three games at the Metrodome.
2006 rankings: Packers: offense 10th (11th rush, 7th pass); defense 21st (10th rush, 32nd pass). Vikings: offense 19th (14th rush, 18th pass); defense 6th (1st rush, 18th pass)
PREDICTION: Vikings 23-17
KEYS TO THE GAME: If the Vikings are ever going to get their moribund passing attack going, it should be at home against the league's No. 32-ranked pass defense. The Packers are much stronger against the run, but the Vikings will still attempt to establish RB Chester Taylor early on because QB Brad Johnson has six turnovers in the past two games. Plus, Green Bay's own running game has improved with RB Ahman Green rushing for a combined 346 yards on 5.6 yards per carry the past three games. Still, the Vikings are extremely difficult to run against and QB Brett Favre will have to make plays in the passing game for the Packers to win. Vikings rookie CB Cedric Griffin will start if Fred Smoot (death in the family) doesn't make it back in time for the game.
FAST FACTS: The past four regular-season meetings have been decided by a field goal as time expired.
Vikings: Outscoring opponents 59-19 in the fourth quarter. ... Taylor is averaging 102.5 rushing yards over the past four games.