Air Assault

The Vikings' Antoine Winfield has said he wants to cover Donald Driver all day Sunday when the Vikings meet the Packers. Considering that Brett Favre threw 92 passes in Green Bay's two wins over the Vikings last year, it shouldn't come as any surprise to expect an aerial assault on Sunday.

The Vikings defense has made for itself as a run-stopping unit that doesn't back down to anyone. However, that same largesse has come back to bite them. The Vikings were on pace much of last year to set a modern-day NFL record for least rushing yards allowed. One of the reasons was that the line anchored by Kevin and Pat Williams wouldn't allow it. But the other reason was that, when pressed, teams would abandon the run for a pass-only offense. The Patriots exposed the Vikings on a Monday night game at midseason and other teams copied.

With a showdown with the 3-0 Packers coming Sunday, the Vikings know that the tales of their run-stuffing ability has made the rounds again this year. Through three games, the Vikings are allowing just 2.5 yards per carry – lowest in the league. The Packers, meanwhile, improved to 3-0 by passing the ball on 70 percent of their offensive plays in a 31-24 win over the Chargers. Many times the Packers lined up with an empty backfield and showed the Chargers they were prepared to pass constantly.

The Packers used this same mode of operation last year against the Vikings – sweeping the two games they played by scores of 23-17 and 9-7. In those games, Brett Favre completed 50 of 92 passes for 632 yards and two touchdowns. Many of those passes went to Donald Driver, who caught 15 passes for 290 yards and one TD. That will likely be the plan again.

Most defensive coordinators will tell you that if you make an opposing offense one-dimensional, your chances of winning are greatly enhanced. The Vikings have seemingly been able to achieve that on a weekly basis, yet the results just haven't followed suit. You can bet the farm that the Vikings will make the Pack one-dimensional again this time around, but with Favre primed to set the NFL record for touchdown passes, he's probably going to have 50 chances at completing one of those for the record-setter.

* Only the Lions have thrown the ball more times (138) than the Packers (125) this season.
* Six of the last 10 meetings between the Vikings and Packers have been decided by three points. The other four have been decided by two, four, five and six points respectively.
* The Packers have won three of the last four meetings at the Metrodome after being a nightmare zone for Favre for most of his career.
* With Troy Williamson sidelined last Sunday, there were no wide receivers on the field Sunday that were on the roster in 2006.
* The Vikings offense is rated No. 26 in the league, including 10th in rushing and 28th in passing offense.
* The Vikings have been in the opposing red zone just four times – only Buffalo (3) has fewer.
* Once again the Raiders are hinting that Daunte Culpepper will start, because Josh McCown has not one but two foot injuries.

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