Tactical Advantage: How the Packers Can Beat the Vikings Without Aaron Rodgers

November 23, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

At the start of the season, anyone could have circled Week 12's Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings contest as a critical NFC North battle. The Packers, perennial Super Bowl contenders, and the Vikings, coming off a surprise playoff berth, would surely be playing for big stakes this late in the season.
In a way, it's come true: This game certainly has big playoff implications, but not for the reasons we thought. The 5-5 Packers have their backs against the wall, and the 2-8 Vikings are playing for little more than personal pride.
Without injured quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers appear punchless. They've now dropped three straight games. Most recently, they lost to the then-3-6 New York Giants—the kind of defeat a Super Bowl contender in a neck-and-neck division race simply can't suffer.
The Packers now have zero margin for error. They're one game behind the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears in the NFC North race, and head coach Mike McCarthy ...

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