Thursday, December 14, 2017

Aaron Rodgers

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The Minnesota Vikings are three-point underdogs heading into Sunday’s Week 6 matchup with the Green Bay Packers, according to MyBookie. Minnesota is +130 underdogs to win the game outright, while Green Bay is -150 favorites.

Minnesota is coming off an ugly win on Monday night against the Chicago Bears. It cost the Vikings significantly, however, as both quarterback Sam Bradford and wide receiver Stefon Diggs aggravated injuries that will keep them out of Sunday’s game.

Green Bay stole a last-second win from the Dallas Cowboys thanks to the late-game heroics of Aaron Rodgers. With the win, the Packers boast a 4-1 record and share the NFC North lead with Detroit. Minnesota, at 3-2, trails by one game.

The Vikings will roll with Case Keenum at quarterback, who has produced mixed results in his three and a half games since taking over for Bradford. Keenum’s season has been a roller coaster that includes a clunker (at Pittsburgh), a phenomenal performance (vs. Tampa Bay), a so-so game (vs. Detroit) and a solid half of football against the Bears last week.

Keenum has kept the Vikings offense steady, thus not affecting the over/under number set by MyBookie. As of now, that number is 45 after the announcement today of the status of both Bradford and Diggs.

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Episode 119

Graphic designed by Brett Anderson

BJ Reidell and Drew Mahowald take an in-depth look at the Green Bay Packers ahead of the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 6 matchup against their border rivals.

Episode 119 is proudly sponsored by BlackStack Brewing and The Twin Cities Directory.

PRIMARY TALKING POINTS

  1. Into: The Agenda (0:00)
  2. Sponsor Note: BlackStack Brewing & The Twin Cities Directory (1:35)
  3. Matchup History: Bae Waynes (2:00)
  4. Packers Preview: Offense (7:15)
  5. PackersPreview: Defense (34:05)
  6. Friday Frenzy: Are Injuries Killing the League? Or is it the Exact Opposite? (39:00)
  7. Week 6 Picks: Maybe Skip this Section (43:15)
  8. Sign-Out: Pregame Show Sunday at 11 AM CST (56:00)

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The Minnesota Vikings escaped with a 20-17 win at Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears on Monday night, thanks to the late-game heroics of Harrison Smith and a strong second-half performance by Case Keenum.

Sam Bradford began the game at quarterback for the Vikings. The report from the team was that the bone bruise in his left knee was feeling much better and more comfortable, so he suited up.

Somebody was lying.

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The Minnesota Vikings are no stranger to signing former Green Bay Packers.

Most notably, the team booked Hall-of-Fame signal-caller Brett Favre during the summer of 2009, preceding the formation of likely the most dominant Vikings team since Randy Moss’s record-breaking 1998 squad.

Since Favre, however, the Vikings have largely failed to reap the benefits of signing former Packers players. First there was wide receiver Greg Jennings, who signed a five-year, $47.5 million deal with the team back in 2013. Once Aaron Rodgers’ primary option, Jennings failed to extend his success across the state border, mustering just a hair over 1,500 yards across only two seasons in Minnesota.

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