Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers - 10/2/14
Minnesota Vikings (2-2) at Green Bay Packers (2-2)
NFL Football: Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm (Lambeau Field)
The Line: Green Bay Packers -10 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds
The Packers look for a statement victory at home during Thursday Night Football as they play their second division rival in as many weeks, this time hosting the Minnesota Vikings.
The Vikings debuted the Teddy Bridgewater era at home last Sunday with great success as the 2014 first rounder looked very comfortable behind center as he led the Vikes to an upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Matt Asiata and Jerrick McKinnon also played very well running the ball for Minnesota as the former netted three touchdowns and the latter running for well over 100 yards in what should be a committee situation moving forward. The Vikings have a tall task in front of them on Thursday though as they head into Lambeau Field for a date with the Packers who are coming off a trouncing of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field last weekend. The Vikings defense has actually looked quite good at times this season but again in primetime against a division rival on the road it could be a long night for all things purple and white, especially if Teddy Bridgewater can’t play.
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The Packers got out of the gates slow to start the season and Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the team heard it from the fans which prompted the Pro Bowler to tell the Packers faithful to “relax” indicating his confidence of the group he has. Much of the Packers disappointment surrounds the play of Eddie Lacy who appears as though he is in the midst of a sophomore slump after a stellar rookie campaign cemented lofty expectations for the former Alabama running back. However, Lacy is more than capable of changing the course of a game and if the Packers can get him the ball early and often it should open the passing game for Rodgers which is never a good thing for opponents. These Thursday night contests have been a walk in the park for the victors with most of them being the home team but as we saw last week in Washington it doesn’t always cater to the home side as New York pasted the Skins and picked off Kirk Cousins four times. I am going to stick with the trend here though as I think the Packers should be able to put up points in bunches and while this is a divisional game and the Vikes are coming off a huge win I think this is just a terrible spot for them on the road.