Packers 44

(5-2, 2-2 away)

Vikings 31

(1-6, 1-3 home)

Coverage: NBC

8:30 PM ET, October 27, 2013

Mall of America Field, Minneapolis, MN 

1 2 3 4 T
GB 7 17 7 1344
MIN 7 10 0 1431

Top Performers

Passing: A. Rodgers (GB) - 285 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: E. Lacy (GB) - 29 CAR, 94 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Nelson (GB) - 7 REC, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Packers-Vikings Preview

Greg Jennings says that his comments about the Green Bay Packers weren't serious.

He's got enough to worry with his Minnesota Vikings making another change at quarterback.

Christian Ponder is back as the starter for Sunday night's final Metrodome matchup between these NFC North rivals, who are meeting for the first time since the playoffs last season.

The storyline for this game figured to be Jennings, who spent the previous seven years with Green Bay (4-2) before signing a five-year deal with Minnesota (1-5) in March. Jennings not only performed the same switch of sides in this rivalry as Brett Favre's, he took the extra step of criticizing Aaron Rodgers' leadership in an offseason interview with a Minneapolis newspaper.

Jennings, who refused to call the quarterback by name then, now claims that he was just joking around.

"If Aaron knows me like he's known me the past seven years, then he knows I'm not one of those guys that wishes ill on anyone or just tries to stand out and be apart from the team," Jennings said. "Hopefully, he knows that."

Rodgers may know Jennings better than any of his current team's QBs. This will mark the third straight week Jennings will be working with a new starter under center, with Ponder getting the call after he started the first three games.

That's because Josh Freeman, signed by Minnesota on Oct. 7 after he was cut by Tampa Bay four days earlier, has concussion-like symptoms. Freeman was 20 of 53 for 190 yards and an interception in his Vikings debut, a 23-7 road loss to the New York Giants on Monday.

Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier said that Ponder will practice with the first unit this week. With the Vikings facing a short week, Ponder is expected to start.

"At the quarterback position, you want to know who is going to be lining up week-in and week-out," Frazier said. "But that's the circumstance where we are and Christian will do a good job for us on Sunday night."

Jennings is trying to rally behind Ponder after Freeman started last week and Matt Cassel the two previous contests.

"It doesn't matter who it is, we have to help him be successful and he has to help us be successful so it's Christian this week, that's who we're rolling with, that's who we're rooting for," Jennings said.

Ponder was out with a triceps injury when Minnesota fell 24-10 at Green Bay in a wild-card game last season. Joe Webb was forced into action that day.

The Vikings earned that postseason berth with a 37-34 home win over the Packers the week before on Blair Walsh's 29-yard field goal as time expired. Adrian Peterson rushed for 199 yards on 34 carries, cementing his first MVP award.

Peterson rushed for 409 yards as these teams split their regular-season meetings last season before he gained 99 on 22 carries in the playoff game.

However, he was held to a season-low 28 yards on 13 carries Monday and now faces a Packers defense that ranks first in the NFC against the run by yielding 79.0 yards per game.

"They do a good job on defense of bottling things up and trying to defend the run," Frazier said.

The injury-plagued Packers have won three straight after Rodgers threw for three scores in a 31-13 home victory over Cleveland last Sunday. However, they lost tight end Jermichael Finley to a significant neck injury.

Green Bay played that contest without linebackers Clay Matthews, Nick Perry and Brad Jones as well as receivers Randall Cobb and James Jones. James Jones seems to be the most likely to return from that group.

"We're going to have 46 guys lined up against the Minnesota Vikings and we're going to the Metrodome to win," coach Mike McCarthy said.

Second-year receiver Jarrett Boykin had eight catches for 103 yards and a TD in his first career start last week. Jordy Nelson is the only mainstay who is definitely available from a receiving corps that was once considered one of the best in the NFL.

Jennings was a longtime part of that group, combining with Rodgers for 425 receptions and 53 touchdowns in the previous seven seasons.

"I still have a love for those fans and for that organization, absolutely, and the guys within that locker room, but I'm developing new ties and new relationships over here," Jennings said.

Rodgers was sacked 10 times by Minnesota last season -- four by Jared Allen. The star defensive end has a team-high four sacks this season, but the Vikings have only 12 for the fifth-lowest total in the league.

The Packers are 14-16 at the Metrodome, where the Vikings are playing for the final season.


Passing Leaders

A. Rodgers60.73821318
S. Tolzien100.0400
T. Bridgewater65.33231149
S. Hill28.61500

Rushing Leaders

E. Lacy1877584.13
J. Starks1486014.12
A. Peterson32714854.511
J. McKinnon522715.22

Receiving Leaders

J. Jones5089017.88
R. Cobb7982910.56
S. Diggs5272013.84
K. Rudolph4949510.15

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsGB
Yards PassingGB
Yards RushingGB
Yards AllowedGB
Pass Yds AllowedGB
Rush Yds AllowedGB

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Green Bay leads 17-10
Jan 5, 2013GB 24, MIN 10
Dec 30, 2012GB 34, @MIN 37
Dec 2, 2012GB 23, MIN 14
Nov 14, 2011GB 45, MIN 7
Oct 23, 2011GB 33, @MIN 27
Nov 21, 2010GB 31, @MIN 3
Oct 24, 2010GB 28, MIN 24
Nov 1, 2009GB 26, MIN 38
Oct 5, 2009GB 23, @MIN 30
Nov 9, 2008GB 27, @MIN 28
Sep 8, 2008GB 24, MIN 19
Nov 11, 2007GB 34, MIN 0
Sep 30, 2007GB 23, @MIN 16
Dec 21, 2006GB 9, MIN 7
Nov 12, 2006GB 23, @MIN 17
Nov 21, 2005GB 17, MIN 20
Oct 23, 2005GB 20, @MIN 23
Jan 9, 2005GB 17, MIN 31
Dec 24, 2004GB 34, @MIN 31
Nov 14, 2004GB 34, MIN 31
Nov 2, 2003GB 30, @MIN 27
Sep 7, 2003GB 25, MIN 30
Dec 8, 2002GB 26, MIN 22
Nov 17, 2002GB 21, @MIN 31
Dec 30, 2001GB 24, MIN 13
Oct 21, 2001GB 13, @MIN 35

Research Notes

Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb and James Jones have made up nearly half of Aaron Rodgers' passes this season, and all three are likely out for Week 8. Rodgers still has Jordy Nelson, but not much else.

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