Midwest showdown: Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field

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Minnesota Vikings look to sweep Green Bay Packers and keep season alive in big road matchup
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25 December, 2016

The Pack have gone 4-0 since Aaron proclaimed that they could run the table, now Green Bay is one game away from possibly stealing the division away from Detroit.

Off-field distractions didn't exactly help this Vikings team, with their team plane skidding off the landing strip upon arrival last night. The Packers are winners of their last four football games, after dropping four straight and will look to continue that string of wins against Minnesota. A Packers victory would set up a victor take all matchup against the Detroit Lions for the NFC North Division championship next week in Detroit. Fantasy Tip: Former receiver Montgomery's workload has steadily increased over last three games to season-high 16 carries against Chicago. It will be the third time the Packers and Vikings have played on a Saturday during the regular season (1973, 1991).

QB Aaron Rodgers is expected to be good to go when the Packers host the Minnesota Vikings in a Christmas Eve matinee Saturday.

The Vikings came in allowing 205 passing yards per game and Rodgers piled up 347, the first signal caller all season who reached the 300-yard mark against Minnesota.

None of those teams are winning games the way the Packers are, due mainly to the fact none have a quarterback like Rodgers. The Lambeau Field experience has obviously changed over the years.

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Running back Adrian Peterson (knee/groin) and guard Brandon Fusco (concussion) have both been ruled out.

Zimmer wasn't making any excuses for the 2016 collapse that made the Vikings one of the rare teams in the modern era to win their first five games and not make the playoffs. Pro Bowl safety Harrison Smith has an ankle injury and after taking Wednesday off, he returned on a limited basis on Thursday.

Matthews has been slowed by a painful left shoulder injury that has kept the long-haired linebacker's production down in a reduced, pass-rushing role.

If Peterson is unable to play in the season finale against Chicago, there is a chance he will have played his last game as a Viking.

Rodgers' first-half outburst included touchdown throws of 21 and 2 yards to Jordy Nelson. Rhodes didn't play in Minnesota's Week 2 win over the visiting Packers because of a knee injury. It may just be too much to ask for the defense to put up a similar performance from their first meeting, where Rodgers and the Packers were held to just 14 points. Green Bay is hot on offense, but facing a tough defense when it is playing hard. DE Everson Griffen has 11 sacks over past 11 road games.


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