Anyone who thinks the Vikings have a chance this Sunday at Lambeau must be delusional. One hundred percent certifiable. We all saw how quality teams with quality quarterbacks respond to being whipped in front of a national audience. Aaron Rodgers will throw for 400 and 4. End of story. Vikings fans who have been teased by early overachieving best prepare to wear their most stoic of faces. Anyone who thinks otherwise cannot be taken seriously.
Call me delusional. Call me certifiable. There was a time when football was won in the trenches. That time is not past. If I am right, then Minnesota should have a big advantage. Simply put, if one forgets brands and reputations and puts on the tape it is plain. The Vikings have got some nasty to them. Special K has gotten vicious as the season has progressed. Brandon Fusco, despite his shortcomings, has flashed the ability to maul in the run game. Phil Loadholt is no slouch himself. I could go on, but I would be wasting my words. If you have watched the balance of Vikings games this campaign, it is evident that this offensive line has the ability to beat up opponents.
On the other side, Green Bay does not have one of the better odd fronts in the league. B.J. Raji did have a decent game against the Giants, but lately his success has come more in the realm of insurance ads, not lined-up across from the center. He is rated more on reputation than body of work. Moreover, this D still misses Cullen Jenkins, albeit the 2010 version, not the current iteration. Ryan Pickett and C.J. Wilson are serviceable but no one would mistake them for Justin Smith. The rookie Jerel Worthy has demonstrated ability. Without Clay Matthews III buzzing around and popping about in different spots, giving both offensive linemen and coordinators headaches, this Green Bay front can be had.
On the flip side, Minnesota’s defensive line did disappoint last week. Yet I wouldn’t bet on that continuing.Even with his sack numbers down, Jared Allen is still getting a lot of pressures, sixth most at his position according to Profootballfocus. Kevin Williams has shown the ability to drink from the fountain of youth, while Robison and Griffen have explosiveness to spare thanks to an effective rotation policy.
The Green Bay o-line has had to play some musical chairs with Bryan Bulaga on IR, and opposing defenses have been able to feast. Aaron Rodgers’ penchant for holding onto the ball forever doesn’t help. Even before the Giants pass rush did what it is they do, Detroit and Nick Fairley specifically were living in the Packers’ backfield. Packer fans should be worried. Not least because Ndamukong Suh is not the only NFC North-er who kicks players in the johnson.
Given the axiom that football is won and lost in the trenches, Leslie’s gang is looking pretty good. Although, there is this guy named Greg Jennings, and the last time our favorite team went to Lambeau, there was kind of this 45-7 beatdown, and Aaron Rodgers owns the Vikings with a 19-3 TD to pick ratio. Besides, with Rodgers’ legs, there should be more than enough time for the league’s most talented group of wideouts to find space. It will ultimately be difficult, but this was never an easy matchup. We don’t want it that way. Winning a marquee matchup with dominant lines could become the catalyst of this team’s postseason surge…or just a tease. Only time will tell for sure, but any victory will start in the trenches. Of this I am certain.