Vikings are slight underdogs at home vs. Packers

Ross Houston
October 13, 2017

The Packers rookie running back, Aaron Jones, also made the most of his opportunities, rushing 19 times for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Minnesota quarterback, Sam Bradford, continues to battle "wear and tear" in his knee. Instead, things went south when a pass went right through receiver Terrance Williams' hands and into the arms of Packers' cornerback Damarious Randall who proceeded to take the interception into the end zone along with taking the lead for Green Bay.

On Wednesday, the Green Bay Packers had their usual practice and it had to be a positive to see Bakhtiari moving around out there.

But another defensive letdown, just like a year ago in the postseason, left Dallas (2-3) already with the same number of losses from its magical rookie season in which Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott led the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC.

Bradford, who hadn't played since the season opener, looked rusty and was ineffective.

Shortly after Dallas converted a key fourth down, requiring a booth review to overturn the call, deep in Green Bay territory, Dak Prescott's 11-yard read-option touchdown gave the Cowboys a late 31-28 lead with just 1:13 left to play after a drive that took 17 plays and almost nine minutes of game time. New Orleans and paved the way for the Vikings to have a 100-yard rusher, 100-yard receiver and a 300-yard passer in a season opener for the 1st time in team history. Minnesota now is tied for 12th in total sacks and will look to add to that total on Sunday.

Stefon Diggs & Adam Thielen lead all WR tandems in receiving yards (787 combined rec yards) this season.

Replacing him was offseason signing Latavius Murray who signed a three year contract worth $15 million with the Vikings. McKinnon has 121 yards on 26 carries. The Vikings are working on a short-week, following their 20-17 victory on Monday night against the Chicago Bears. McKinnon rushed 16 times for 95 yards and also had 51 receiving yards. The Vikings added veteran free agents LT Riley Reiff (Detroit) and RT Mike Remmers (Carolina) and shuffled their interior line positions. Expect a low-scoring game here. If Minnesota hopes to be successful on Sunday it will need to have a strong day on defense against this potent Packers offense. Jones has upgraded the Packers' run game the last two weeks, and is coming off a dominant showing against Dallas. "I think you always want to distribute the ball throughout your perimeter guys because it's only natural they want to touch the ball and make plays".

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