"I don't like looking at numbers because if you start looking at numbers, then the numbers start to sting you," Berrian said.
In the last six games, since Gus Frerotte took over as quarterback, Berrian has been having a very solid run for the Vikings – 27 catches for 585 yards, an average of 4.5 catches and 97.5 yards per game.
Against the Houston Texans, Berrian had only two catches, but each of them went for a big gain. The first one was a 55-yarder to open the game and the second was a 49-yard touchdown in the second quarter that gave the Vikings a 21-7 lead in their 28-21 win.
"We were trying to get the ball down the field earlier (in the season), we just weren't able to land them," Berrian said. "Now we're starting to land them and get big chunks of yardage."
But here come the Green Bay Packers, a team that has stung Berrian's production in the past. In the season opener, Berrian's first game as a member of the Minnesota Vikings after signing a six-year, $42 million deal with the Vikings, he had three catches for 38 yards. That receptions total actually tied a single-game high for him against the Packers, who have found ways to limit his production.
Asked about the style of play of Green Bay's accomplished cornerbacks, Charles Woodson and Al Harris, Berrian said, "Man to man all game. Bump, press. You're going to get pressed. They're going to be very physical. They're going to hold you down the field and they're not going to get called for it. We're going to have to live with it."
For his career, Berrian has nine games played against the Packers, producing 16 catches for 306 yards and one touchdown.
In his last four games against the Packers while he was with the Chicago Bears, which coincided with the arrival of Woodson in Green Bay, Berrian was held to one catch in every game but the final matchup between the two teams last year, when he had two catches.
He said the Packers didn't approach him any differently when he was a member of the Bears versus his arrival with the Vikings.
"Down the field is what offenses like to do with me pretty much. They know that and we've got to know that too. It's just going to be a battle, a downright physical battle. Who is going to beat who?" Berrian said.
Berrian knows the aggressive nature of the Packers defense can hang up a receiver near the line of scrimmage, but he said the key is getting away from the initial contact quickly, which can open up opportunities down the field.
"It does, but they know it's coming too and that's the tricky part," he said. "You've really got to beat it and get on top of them. Even when you're running down the field, they still have tricks. I remember last game, I got pulled in the back and it made it look like Al just ran by me. They're pretty crafty with it."
STILL FOCUSING ON PETERSON
No matter what Berrian does – and his production in the past six games has been impressive – he and others at Winter Park don't expect defenses take any attention away from Adrian Peterson and the running game.
"You have to stop him. That's the number one emphasis, to stop that running game. If you don't stop the running game, we'll run the ball all day with those two guys back there," Berrian said.
"It would be awesome to get Jared on the field and do the things that he does for us, but if that doesn't happen, we feel very confident that Brian would do a good job for us," Frazier said.
Frazier said if there was a weakness with Robison, it would be in the first- and second-down defense against the run, but Frazier said Robison has really improved in that area.