The Green Bay Packers are crossing state lines Sunday to help close out an era for the Minnesota Vikings. This will be the final game Minnesota hosts Green Bay at the Metrodome (Mall of America Field) before moving to their new stadium for the 2014 season.
Both teams head into this evening’s game a little battered, definitely confused, but one is arguably better off on the field. Green Bay heads into the game with the number one spot in the NFC, with a 4-2 record on the season. Minnesota, plagued by inconsistent starting positions, will see Christian Ponder play QB. Josh Freeman is suffering from concussion-like symptoms and will, most likely, not see play time.
This game also signifies the first meeting of former Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings with his team.
A quick scan of the injury report for the Packers this week shows the probable return of cornerbacks Jarrett Bush and Casey Hayward - who makes his regular season debut after suffering a hamstring injury over a month ago. Linebacker Brad Jones is listed as questionable (with an injured hamstring – he had limited participation in practice over the past week). Jermichael Finley is still out with neck injuries, Clay Matthews and tight end Ryan Taylor are still out for a few more weeks as well.
Even with major weapons and coverage on the bench, the Pack is heading to Minnesota to win, and with good reason. 16 of their last 26 meetings, since 2001, have turned up Green and Gold.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm tonight at Mall of America field in Minneapolis and will be broadcast on NBC.