Didn’t we just beat the Vikings?
Only three short weeks ago, the Green Bay Packers did indeed beat the Minnesota Vikings, 33-27 at the Metrodome. One bye and a win over the San Diego Chargers later, and the Packers host the Vikings on Monday Night Football.
Though it doesn’t offer Brett Favre’s return to Green Bay, the game still holds plenty of intrigue. Will the Packers’ perfect season continue to hold up despite a porous defense? Can Aaron Rodgers maintain his level of play? Is Christian Ponder the next big thorn in the side of the Packers?
It’s also a divisional game which means the records can be thrown out the window when comparing the two teams. Packers/Vikings games often end up being real close no matter how either team performs against the other 30 clubs.
Key Vikings Players
QB Christian Ponder
Ponder made his presence known immediately in his first meeting with the Packers, completing a 72 yard pass to Michael Jenkins on the very first play from scrimmage. After that, he still played fairly well though some poor throws wound up in the hands of the Packers secondary and likely ended up costing the Vikings the upset.
Ponder improved in the next game with a 236 yard and zero-interception effort in a 24-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. So far after two games, Ponder is looking like a very mobile quarterback with an arm strong enough to make most of his throws. He will only get better with experience.