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    NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    I know there is one more preseason game before the opener, but let's be real.
    The 4th doesn't mean much.
    So I figured I am ready to throw my two cents into the ring for the opener.
    Feel free to disagree and pick apart anything that you want.
    The point of this post is to start a conversation regarding how select parts of our team will fare against the Packers team they will face in two weeks.

    Vikings Passing Defense vs Packers Passing Offense
    Edge: None


    For the Pack, Driver and Jennings can be difference makers, and even though Rodgers is new to the starting spot, this is his fourth year in the system.
    HOwever, the Packers OL is in a bad spot.
    Not only have they not given the QB any time so far in preseason, Scott Wells was also hampered by a torso injury throughout preseason.
    If he can't start, expect Spitz to continue to fill in at center.
    With the extent of Josh Sitton's knee injury still unknown, we could be looking at Barbre and Colledge as the two startign guards this year.
    If the OL was in better shape, the edge would go to the Packers here.
    But because of the OL, it is a tie.
    On the Vikings side, I am not going to cite Minnesota's last place ranking in total passing yards last year because that stat is skewed by the run defense.
    Sharper and Madieu Williams are still learning to work with each other, and they haven't been on the field together a lot in the preseason.
    Griffin is looking better, but still needs some polishing at the CB position.
    Jared Allen will definitely bring the pressure, and will get at least one sack.
    The Vikings easily have one of the best DLs in the league, and that should translate into a much better passing defense.

    Vikings Rushing Defense vs Packers Rushing Offense
    Edge: Vikings

    Don't forget that Minnesota was the runaway #1 rushing defense from last year.
    However, the addition of Jared Allen to the Vikings DL changed the way that they attack the run.
    He uses a fundamentally different style than Udeze did, and his wide outside rush makes some gaps bigger. With that being said however, the Vikings are still fielding a very stout rushing D, and should have the edge here.
    Against the Steelers, the Vikings defense held the running game in check all game long.
    Last year for the Packers, Grant had a great game against the Vikings.
    In fact, he had a great second half of the season.
    Was he a one year wonder or something genuine?
    Hard to tell right now, since he held out of most of TC with a contract dispute, and has yet to touch the ball in preseason.
    Until he proves otherwise, I think he over performed last year, and will regress this year.

    Vikings Passing Offense vs Packers Passing Defense
    Edge: Packers

    Tarvaris Jackson has looked good so far this year, but the limited time he has seen in preseason can't erase the fact that the Vikings passing offense was one of the worst in the NFL last year.
    Tjack hurt his knee in the second preseason game, which forced him to sit out the third.
    He will most likely be back for the season opener, but how much playing/practice time he will get in before that remains to be seen.
    The Vikings are counting on the continued maturation of TJack and Rice, as well as the addition of Berrian to make a difference.
    One substantial improvement to look for this year is the use of Adrian Peterson on passing plays.
    Last year his pass blocking skills left a LOT to be desired.
    He rarely was asked to pass block or run routes in college, and it showed at the NFL level.
    Every time AD was on the field, defenses knew that it was going to be a running play.
    That has changed this year, as AD spent much of the off season working in these areas.
    Look for the Vikings to be sporting a deadly play action this year.
    For the Packers, Kampman can still get to a QB, AJ Hawk is awesome on the weak side, and Woodson and Harris make a pretty good CB combo.
    However, Hawk is currently sidelined with a chest sprain and may be out for the opener.
    Harris was exposed during the NFC Championship game last year, but still brings a good game.
    Bigby rolled his ankle in the third preseason game, but will likely be back in time for the opener.
    The passing D is probably the Packers' strongest point in 2008.

    Vikings Rushing Offense vs Packers Rushing Defense
    Edge: Vikings

    Adrian Peterson.
    Not much needs to be said.
    The Vikings are bringing back the most prolific running back duo in team history, with AD and Chester Taylor, and they are running behind that monster offensive line that is ideal for run blocking.
    Assuming the Vikings passing offense isn't horrible, they will be seeing fewer 8 and 9 man fronts,
    That will mean more big games for last year's offensive rookie of the year.
    Green Bay fans will likely fall back to last year and point out that AD was shut down even before his injury.
    While this is true, history shows that AD tends to be at his best in the 4th quarter.
    Peterson will be looking to redeem himself against the Packers this year, and barring injury (knock on wood) he stands a good chance to do so.
    The Packers rushing D isn't exactly a cake walk though.
    Johnny Jolly does a good job of plugging up the middle, and AJ Hawk seems to be everywhere.
    However, with Hawk's status for the opener in question, this boads well for the Vikings.

    Special Teams
    Edge: None

    Not a lot to talk about in regards to the special teams.
    This is a night, outdoor game, which negates a lot of the kicking and punting advantages.
    Both teams have seen some nice returns in preseason - Jordy Nelson for the Packers looks good.
    But I won't give an edge here simply because there is not enough info to go on yet.

    Overall
    Slight Edge: Vikings

    It is very close.
    The Vikings should dominate the rushing game on both sides of the ball.
    Tjack will need to be more efficient in the passing attack, but he only needs to be average for the offense to be successful.
    So this game will be decided on how well Rodgers can run the passing attack.
    His first regular season start, a suspect OL, a revamped and fired up Vikings DL, and little kids in Fav-re jerseys swearing at him are all factors that will come into play.
    I think it will be a close game, decided by less than a TD, but in the end I think the Vikings will come away with the win.
    Vikings 21-17.
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    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    I think that the Packers are overrated. I mean, who do they have ? Grant broke off a lot of his big runs in 2007 when the defense was in max. protect to stop Favre, so his runs were underneath vs. spread defenses trying to stop the long bomb. There is a huge difference between breaking off a 45-yard run when the defense is in nickle or dime, and when they are in the box, trying to take the run away.

    With Favre gone, that will change.

    The Packers have three QBs who have never started a regular NFL game !! I think our defense is going to kill them.

    I do think that their defense will also mostly stop us too. But I see this game being low scoring and the deciding factor being our defense destroying their QB.

    And the reason Donald Driver was so successful against us in previous years was that our brilliant D-coaches were calling blitzes vs. Favre, which he ate up with that slant to Driver. We did this again last year, throwing blitzes at Favre and he ate it up again !! (we should have used the zone blitz, not the blitz !!).

    Blitz Aaron Rodgers. Or at least, throw one and then the next time, throw a zone blitz.

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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    Nice read NP.
    Excited for this game.
    I'm looking forward to Whoopie getting burnt by the receiving corps over and over and over again.
    Also having Purple Jesus run it down the throat of elephant man.
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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    The only one I disagree with is the Vikings Passing Defense vs Packers Passing Offense. I'd have to give the edge to the Packers, only because we had the 32nd ranked pass-d last season... and while they may have a new QB, we still have to prove our pass-d has gotten better, or they're pass offense has gotten worse, before we call it a draw.

    Great breakdown though. Read it earlier today, but didn't have time to post anything.
    Disclaimer: I'm an idiot.

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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    Update to my post... With Madieu out for the opener, the rookie Johnson will likely get the nod.


    I had actually updated this on my computer, but pasted the wrong file in.
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    I think it is going to be hard for Aaron Rodgers to hit Donald Driver while lying on his back, looking up at the stars.
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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    Nice breakdown, I think you nailed it Nodak.
    the only change I would make is on the score,
    I see it as 20-17 with the Vikes having 4 scoring drives and settling for 2 field goals
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    Well contested game filled with mistakes on both sides and won by the more physical, better prepared team.

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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    Man, not much love for you here. On that Packer board you get multiple pages and the best we do for you here is 7 replies.

    Personally after I looked at your prediction I couldn't find any problems with it but on the other hand there have been so many key changes to both clubs in the offseason that it is going to be impossible to know how they will all come together until the game is played,but that first game will be a great test for both teams. This will be fun.

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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    Man, not much love for you here. On that Packer board you get multiple pages and the best we do for you here is 7 replies.

    Personally after I looked at your prediction I couldn't find any problems with it but on the other hand there have been so many key changes to both clubs in the offseason that it is going to be impossible to know how they will all come together until the game is played,but that first game will be a great test for both teams. This will be fun.
    That's because the packer fans are still deluded enough to think they are going to win, so they have more to argue about...
    Zeus wrote:
    When are you going to realize that picking out the 20 bad throws this year and ignoring the 300 good ones does not make your point?

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    Re: NodakPaul's Vikings-Packers analysis and breakdown

    Very nice my friend.
    Not much to disagree with you on, however, I do have one point....

    However, the addition of Jared Allen to the Vikings DL changed the way that they attack the run.
    He uses a fundamentally different style than Udeze did, and his wide outside rush makes some gaps bigger. With that being said however, the Vikings are still fielding a very stout rushing D, and should have the edge here.
    Against the Steelers, the Vikings defense held the running game in check all game long.
    You kindof focused on the JA, Keneche thing when in fact you should have said something about the difference between Keneche (LDE) and Ray Edwards (RDE beefed up to play LDE).

    I have been watching Ray with a eagle eye this year (from what I can see of him) and think the additional wieght hasn't/doesn't seem to affect his speed.
    In fact a couple of times in the Steelers game he and Phat Pat actually ran a (Old term) cross buck a couple of times resulting in a nice push up the middle which collapsed the pocket with Phat Pat sealing the end vacated by Ray.
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