Vikings-Packers game scout

Get keys to the game, fast facts and notes on the Vikings-Packers series leading up to their nationally televised game Sunday night from Lambeau Field.

Sunday
Cincinnati Bengals (2-3) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)
Buffalo Bills (0-5) at Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
San Francisco 49ers (1-5) at Carolina Panthers (0-5)
Washington Redskins (3-3) at Chicago Bears (4-2)
Jacksonville Jaguars (3-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (3-2)
Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1) at Miami Dolphins (3-2)
Cleveland Browns (1-5) at New Orleans Saints (4-2)
Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) at Tennessee Titans (4-2)
St. Louis Rams (3-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-2)
Arizona Cardinals (3-2) at Seattle Seahawks (3-2)
Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Denver Broncos (2-4)
New England Patriots (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (2-4)
Minnesota Vikings (2-3) at Green Bay Packers (3-3)
Monday
New York Giants (4-2) at Dallas Cowboys (1-4)


Minnesota Vikings (2-3) at Green Bay Packers (3-3)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 8:20 p.m. ET
GAMEDATE: 10/24/10
SURFACE: Natural Grass
TV: NBC, (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Andrea Kremer)

KEYS TO THE GAME

QB Brett Favre is doing his best to keep the focus on the field. He has targeted WR Randy Moss 16 times in his first two games back with the Vikings. Not only does Moss stretch the field and make it more difficult to load the box against RB Adrian Peterson, he also enables Percy Harvin to work the slot. That's a lot for the Packers' injury-ravaged defense to cope with. Green Bay has to find a way to stuff Peterson on first and second down and then come after Favre, who is still battling tendinitis in his throwing arm.

The Packers' inability to run the ball consistently and control the clock means they must capitalize on drives and not settle for field goals. QB Aaron Rodgers is minus a trusted red-zone target in TE Jermichael Finley, but did get WR Greg Jennings more involved last week. Minnesota is thin in the secondary, so look for the Packers to spread the field with three- and four-receiver threats and turn this into a track meet.

FAST FACTS

Favre will make his 119th start at Lambeau Field, passing John Elway (118 at Mile High) for the most starts by a quarterback at one stadium. ... Packers WR Donald Driver has at least four catches in each of the past 11 meetings.

NOTES

  • The last 25 games in this series have been very close in terms of scoring with the Vikings having 606 points compared to 590 for Green Bay.

  • This game will mark Randy Moss' first appearance in Lambeau Field since the 2004 playoffs when the Vikings upset the Packers in the first round on Jan. 9, 2005. Moss caused a big controversy when he caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Daunte Culpepper in the fourth quarter of that game and then pretended to pull down his pants and moon the crowd. Moss was traded to Oakland that offseason.

  • CB Antoine Winfield was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Week as he posted 13 tackles and had an interception of Brett Favre in the Vikings' playoff victory over the Packers in that same game.

  • Moss needs seven receptions to move into eighth place in NFL history for the most career catches. He has 944 receptions and trails Andre Reed's 951.

  • RB Adrian Peterson can tie Clinton Portis and Walter Payton for the most rushing touchdowns through a player's first four NFL seasons with one more. Peterson currently has 44 touchdowns.

  • The Vikings are 10-3 against the NFC North since the 2008 season. They beat Detroit, 24-10, in Week 3 in their only division game this season.

  • Brett Favre became the first quarterback to beat all 32 NFL teams when he completed 24 of 31 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-23 victory over the Packers on Oct. 5, 2009, at the Metrodome. He had a 135.3 passer rating and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.

  • DE Jared Allen had 4.5 sacks, eight tackles, forced a fumble and added a fumble recovery in that same game. On Nov. 1, 2009, Allen had three more sacks against the Packers in a 38-26 victory. He has nine sacks against the Packers for his career.


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