Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Vikings Territory writer Drew Mahowald presents the tenth edition of the Skol Scale following the Vikings’ Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers.

The Minnesota Vikings defeating the Green Bay Packers is a time for celebration, don’t get me wrong.

The Packers have had a firm grasp on the NFC North for the better part of the last 15 years and have dominated Minnesota in that time span. When the Vikings do topple the Packers, it suggests that Minnesota has a playoff football team.

Sunday’s victory, while certainly meaningful, does not have the same implications.

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Packers at Vikings Week 6 Recap

The Minnesota Vikings beat the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis Sunday by a score of 23 to 10. The biggest news stemming from the game: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left in the first quarter due to a broken collarbone. He could miss the rest of the season.

Green Bay was not the same after losing their star quarterback. Packers backup Brett Hundley replaced Rodgers in the second quarter and struggled. The 2015 5th-round pick went 18 of 33 for 157 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. He also fumbled once and was sacked four times for a total of 20 yards. His QB rating was 39.6.

Green Bay’s rushing attack also sputtered as it squared up against Minnesota’s 6th-ranked run defense. Running backs Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones combined for 69 yards on 23 carries (3.0 YPC) as the Packers failed to get any momentum going on offense.

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Vikings Week 6 Injury Report

In Sunday’s divisional showdown against the NFC North rival Green Bay Packers (4-1), the Minnesota Vikings (3-2) will be without their starting quarterback and top receiver. Sam Bradford, who has missed four of the past five games, is day-to-day with a knee injury, while Stefon Diggs is nursing a hamstring injury.

Bradford reached a point of being unable to protect himself Monday night against the Chicago Bears, but he did not suffer a new injury in his knee, according to team trainer Eric Sugarman. After missing practice this week, he was officially ruled out by head coach Mike Zimmer Friday.

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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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Week 5: Vikings and Bears – Three Reasons For Optimism

By all accounts, last week was a tough one. Outside of the Vikings’ sobering loss to the Detroit Lions, we witnessed the gut-wrenching event in Las Vegas and the death of music legend Tom Petty. Like much of the country, Vikings fans are in mourning, once again attempting to move forward after a crippling turn of events.

Dalvin Cook, the team’s most electric rookie running back since Adrian Peterson, is done for the year after tearing his ACL. Cook is undoubtedly the team’s best back, and his loss has left many Vikings fans pondering if the team can even compete without him in the lineup.

For whatever reason, it seems the football gods keep creating reasons for the Vikings and their fan base to give up hope. Yet, despite the all-too-familiar news for Minnesota’s football team, there are multiple reasons why the franchise can’t, and won’t, back down.

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