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Mike McCarthy “hopeful” injured Packers can return this week

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The Packers have clinched the NFC North, but there’s still a first-round bye up in the air in the conference heading into Week 17.

With the 49ers drawing the Cardinals and the Seahawks facing the Rams in the season’s final week, the Packers are likely going to need to beat the Vikings in order to take that bye. Getting some of their injured players back for the game would help them on that front. The Packers were without wide receiver Jordy Nelson, safety Charles Woodson, defensive end C.J. Wilson, defensive end Jerel Worthy, tight end Tom Crabtree, running back James Starks and running back Alex Green in Week 16 because of injuries, and coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that he’s looking forward to getting some of them back for this week.

“I’m hopeful a lot of those guys can get back. But we’ll see,” McCarthy said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I know Jordy, talking with him, he feels like he’s very close. Charles, he’s waiting on information from the medical staff. He’s very close. Alex Green, I was surprised that he wasn’t available for Tennessee just based on the way that process, the result of the process, so he’ll definitely be available. C.J., I don’t have enough information there. Same withJames Starks. Tom Crabtree’s close, he’ll be close. Jerel should be ready.”

Woodson said last week that he would like to play in the finale to get his legs back after missing so much of the season with his collarbone injury. The best-case scenario for the Packers would seem to be one that gets Woodson and some of the others back on the field before earning another week of rest with a win over the Vikings.

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  1. bla bla bla says: Dec 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    In a perfect world, the Packers beat the Vikings and the Lions beat the Bears, keeping them out of the playoffs yet again.

    Go Pack Go!

  2. packfntk says: Dec 25, 2012 11:24 AM

    Save all of them. No need to rush them back this week, beat the Vikings without almost all of them the first time.

  3. 2difshoe says: Dec 25, 2012 11:25 AM

    Hoping the injured return this coming Sunday and you beat the Vikes.

    And then my Bears beat the Lions in Detroit…I’m confident of Pack win, but my Bears in Detroit, scary !

  4. packerpauly says: Dec 25, 2012 11:27 AM

    It would be great to see the Pack at full strength for the playoff run that begins, for all practical purposes, this Sunday. Looking forward to this game…there’s a lot on the line for both teams. The game should be epic!

  5. 2difshoe says: Dec 25, 2012 11:28 AM

    bla bla bla says:
    Dec 25, 2012 11:23 AM
    In a perfect world, the Packers beat the Vikings and the Lions beat the Bears, keeping them out of the playoffs yet again.

    Go Pack Go!

    ================================

    Hey Bla bla bla…..

    Exactly….bla bla bla.

  6. thepvyharvin says: Dec 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    Give up the dream! The Packers will not beat the Vikings Sunday! Viking D is a blitzing machine now and NFL royalty AD is going to run wild!

  7. packfaninchitown says: Dec 25, 2012 11:37 AM

    All Packer Nation wants for Christmas is a win against the Vikings.

    Earns them #2 seed in the playoffs, a sweep of the NFC North for the second year in a row, and the chance to watch the Bears cruise out to Candlestick for another nationally-televised humiliation…

    GO PACK!

  8. tonymission says: Dec 25, 2012 11:47 AM

    Don’t want the Lions to beat the Bears… that let’s the Giants in and I want nothing to do with them.

  9. dwarftosser says: Dec 25, 2012 11:49 AM

    What about Cobb?

  10. mavajo says: Dec 25, 2012 11:51 AM

    That many injuries (including a starting ILB, RB and RT, which weren’t even mentioned here), and still in contention for the #2 seed. That’s something.

  11. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 11:54 AM

    The packers would win this week without anyone returning, by a large margin. It would be nice to have these players get some game action before Super Bowl run.

    Vikings fans thinking they have a chance have had a little too much egg nog.

  12. rgledz says: Dec 25, 2012 11:56 AM

    Here they go with the built in injury excuse for when the Pack loses. Typical Pack crap.

  13. beerbratscheese says: Dec 25, 2012 11:59 AM

    Hopefully, for the playoffs, the Packers will be able to pick and choose who is inactive for the games, rather than just pick the guys that can’t go because they’re hurt.

    Happy Holidays, my fellow Packers fans!

  14. garyman1 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:00 PM

    Would be great to get Nelson back which would give Rodgers his full compliment of receivers. I’m not convinced that MD Jennings wasn’t playing better than Woodson. After missing 2 months, Woodson could end up being a liability.

  15. atthemurph says: Dec 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Dec 25, 2012 11:33 AM
    Give up the dream! The Packers will not beat the Vikings Sunday! Viking D is a blitzing machine now and NFL royalty AD is going to run wild!
    ————————————————————

    Blitz Rodgers? My God I hope the Vikings are that stupid.

  16. gbfanforever says: Dec 25, 2012 12:11 PM

    “After missing 2 months, Woodson could end up being a liability.”

    Sam Shields missed about that much time and he stepped back on the field without issues. The packers really could use Woodson’s unbelievable knack for the ball if they are to make a run.

  17. edenprairieballer says: Dec 25, 2012 12:16 PM

    My what short memories Packers fans have! They had the same arrogance last year and it ended with and early loss to the Giants at Lambeau!

    If you think the Vikings are not for real that is just fine. Just get ready for a physical butt whippin on Sunday! May want to consider resting those injured players again.

  18. kattykathy says: Dec 25, 2012 12:18 PM

    Better hope they do not meet up with the Seahawks, cause they will get thumped again.

    Then we can all hear the fans whine for weeks again

  19. purplengold says: Dec 25, 2012 12:18 PM

    Packer land = Dream land, no bye for you. The Vikings will beat the Packers and the 49ers will win to end the season as the second seed. Then, at Lambeau the following week, the Vikings will beat the Packers again, silencing their whiny fans for another season.

  20. bobnelsonjr says: Dec 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    It is a virtual certainty that the Bears will be going to San Francisco next week in the playoffs.

    The Bears deserve respect. The vikings who have never won a George Halas trophy haven’t ever earned respect.

    Both the Bears and vikings have lowered their draft positions without being contenders. That is worthy of cheer.

    The Packers are improving their team for the playoffs while others are suffering late injuries without much playing time for their reserves.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Packers fans!!

  21. purplepunisher says: Dec 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    The only reason Packers have a shot at winning this game is because Harvin is out. Vikings should have won the first game. Peterson ran for 210 yards against the Packers sorry defense in that cow pasture what do you think he will do on turf?

  22. taskforcefreddy says: Dec 25, 2012 12:25 PM

    I love all this banter on here. Especially all the talk from Vikings fans on how horrible of an organization Green Bay is. There’s not a single Viking fan in existence that wouldn’t want the players, coaches, and front office (not to mention the history and winning tradition) of the Green Bay Packers.

  23. mnomalley says: Dec 25, 2012 12:35 PM

    All is arrogant packer fans think the vikings have no chance all because they just whooped on one of the worst teams in the league. Ya not impressed. Your team is coming into one of the loudest stadiums in the league against the best RB is the league with a defense playing much better than yours right now. Texans didn’t score a td on us.. that’s the first time in 6 years they haven’t scored one. Oh you guys held a washed up Chris Johnson to 25 yards? Ya so did the vikes and we just held arian to 15.

  24. dtrb10 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:43 PM

    We will see blonde hair flailing all over the place when AD runs over Clay HGH Matthews

  25. 76raiders says: Dec 25, 2012 12:43 PM

    The Packers will need all of these guys to play especially Jordy Nelson, Charles Woodson, and Alex Green. They need to get their legs under them and this game is sure to have a play-off feel to it. The Vikings are hungry, focused, and in desperation mode. That is a dangerous team to deal with especially since Adrian Peterson ran over the Packers for 210 yards in their last meeting. The Vikings will have the 12th man in full effect and I expect the Metrodome crowd to cause the Packers to call a few unwanted timeouts in key situations. This is a tough game to pick, but I will take the Packers because they have their eye on that two slot, and the bye. When you ask the question, Christian Ponder or Aaron Rodgers, I’ll take the latter. Merry Christmas. Peace!

  26. contra74 says: Dec 25, 2012 12:45 PM

    When the Vikings win the packer fans will cry about that game where Seattle beat them. When the Vikings beat them again the packer fans will hang themselves with their “worst call ever” t shirts.

  27. shiftyshellshocked says: Dec 25, 2012 12:56 PM

    Harrison Smith might like a clean shot on Rodgers.

  28. drillbit19k says: Dec 25, 2012 12:57 PM

    I understand a little bluster and hyperbole regarding ones teams chances but C’MON Vikings fans temper your expectations a little.

    The packers beat you last time short handed and AP had 200 yards. What you should take from that game that wasn’t THAT long ago is that AP could have had 300 and still lost. You QB sucks an you have no receiving treats aside from Rudolph. To win this game Jared Allen needs at least four key sacks and Ponder will have to suck less than he did in the last game. The only reason the Vikings stand a chance is homefield advantage but we all know Aaron is a dome killer.

  29. chatham10 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:09 PM

    The Vikings do not have a chance against the Packers, that is what all the experts on all the networks said when the Vikings played the Bears, Rams and Houston. The Vikings might not win but from three wins to nine is a pretty good year.

  30. johnnyb216 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:25 PM

    mnomalley says: Dec 25, 2012 12:35 PM

    All is arrogant packer fans think the vikings have no chance all because they just whooped on one of the worst teams in the league.

    —————–

    And they’re going to whoop on one of the worst teams in the league again this Sunday. Why not be confident? AP is the best RB in the league, but he can only carry that team of misfits so far.

  31. mountaindont says: Dec 25, 2012 1:36 PM

    The Vikings are the most inept team in the history of professional sports

  32. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 1:41 PM

    mountaindont says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:36 PM
    The Vikings are the most inept team in the history of professional sports

    —-

    Come on. That’s selling amateur sports short.

  33. veence69 says: Dec 25, 2012 1:49 PM

    I always love the over confidence of Packer fans. These comments are like an addict reasoning with himself, looking 5 days ahead and trying to dictate the future.

    See you Sunday.

  34. packerpauly says: Dec 25, 2012 1:55 PM

    thepvyharvin says:

    Give up the dream! The Packers will not beat the Vikings Sunday! Viking D is a blitzing machine now and NFL royalty AD is going to run wild!
    ———————————————————–
    AP certainly will if we don’t figure out a scheme to stop him. He gashed us bad last time. I think the key is to make Ponder beat us throwing and making sure that we’re really paying attention to Kyle Rudolph. That’s Ponder’s safety valve.

  35. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:08 PM

    A Viking win would go a long way towards soothing their fans feelings of inadequacy.

  36. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Dec 25, 2012 2:11 PM

    If I was a packer fan, I’d want my team to lose Sunday, rather than get a first round bye and fold up like a crappy chaise lounge after that all-important extra week off. Surely they’ll find a way to “beat themselves” at the Dome, won’t they?

  37. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 2:15 PM

    veence69 says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:49 PM
    I always love the over confidence of Packer fans. These comments are like an addict reasoning with himself, looking 5 days ahead and trying to dictate the future.

    See you Sunday.

    —-

    Right, because there are no vikings fans doing the same thing.

    BTW, I’m just DYING to know… who is soft this week? Is it Harvin still?

  38. shaggytoodle says: Dec 25, 2012 2:20 PM

    The Vikings will play tough no doubt, but the Packers will too. GB is getting healthier and I think they really want to earn that bye week to make sure their guys are 100%.

    Clay Matthews changes the defense and having him in there will make a difference, and if Woodson does play, that will also help the run defense.

  39. contra74 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:33 PM

    taskforcefreddy says:
    Dec 25, 2012 12:25 PM
    I love all this banter on here. Especially all the talk from Vikings fans on how horrible of an organization Green Bay is. There’s not a single Viking fan in existence that wouldn’t want the players, coaches, and front office (not to mention the history and winning tradition) of the Green Bay Packers.
    —-
    Green Bay packers would be a tolerable team if it were not for the intolerable fanbase.

    Signed,
    Every fan of the NFL

  40. jimmysee says: Dec 25, 2012 2:33 PM

    I’m going to get on the Pervy Bandwagon here —

    How can the Packers ever hope to win in Minnesota this weekend when all they got is that Lucky system QB Rodgers, overrated receivers, running by committee second raters, and the Vikes have future hall of famer Ponder!

    :-) :-)

  41. southpaw447 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:36 PM

    When Mike McCarthy says a player is close, that basically means it will be at least two more weeks.

  42. vltrophy14 says: Dec 25, 2012 3:36 PM

    Ponder had a ways to go before even being considered for the HOF. Last time u guys beat us Favre was your QB. Since then u guys are winless against us. Packers will beat the Vikings & go UNDEFEATED in our div for the 2nd straight yr. Packers rule Vikings drule.

  43. conormacleod says: Dec 25, 2012 3:48 PM

    Packer fans are the most annoying ever. I guess we should just dismiss that the Packers won via two horrible passes by Ponder in the red zone. We should just ignore AP running for 210? I think it will be a close game. But the only thing for certain that we will know is that, win or lose, Packer fans will be insufferable pricks.

  44. conormacleod says: Dec 25, 2012 3:53 PM

    I worry about Aaron Rodgers. That is all. I don’t worry about the Packers defense. Why would I? Matthews? Over rated. What, 4 sacks in 3 months and I should worry? Doesn’t he average 3 tackles a game? If Rodgers has less than 250 yards and 3 TDs then the Packers lose. We saw that last year in the playoffs that without 3 TD’S by him the Packers lose. The Packers corners jump every route. I’d be calling double moves on every pass play. Pump fake, jump route, easy TD for Vikings.

  45. purpblooded says: Dec 25, 2012 4:16 PM

    That was sweet, when Farve joined the Vikes to stick it to your team and obnoxious fans. Most Packer fans are fine, but some of them…….not so much! Fun game coming up. May the best TEAM win!

  46. greenandgoldgirl says: Dec 25, 2012 4:26 PM

    There is only one way to beat the Vikings, make Ponder have to beat you. If Aaron Rodgers and the offense put points on the board early and often the Vikings will be forced to throw. Ponder is not going to beat the Packers with his arm.

  47. johnnyb216 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:35 PM

    greenandgoldgirl,
    You have SERIOUSLY overestimated the vikings if you think there is only ONE way to beat them.

  48. bm120742 says: Dec 25, 2012 4:46 PM

    Look, I dont get why people get so angry at Packer fans who are just extremely supportive of their team. Love da bears with all my heart but Ive been to Lambeau and folks up there are friendly and they love their team. Some of you viking morons, when you’ve achieved what bears and packers have, maybe then youll be taken serious. Win a championship, okay? That said, bears shouldve beat pack twice this year

  49. thepvyharvin says: Dec 25, 2012 4:58 PM

    bigmouth120742 says:Some of you viking morons, when you’ve achieved what bears and packers have, maybe then youll be taken serious. Win a championship, okay?
    ====================================
    Why don’t you Bear and Packer fans get a private room then? So,Vikings are irrelevant without a championship? That’s nuts,,,we are the BEST fans because we stand by our team,even without a SB win. And it will come soon!

  50. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:03 PM

    The Vikings haven’t beaten the Packers in over 3 years, and this game will be Green Bay’s 6th straight win over their hapless and insecure neighbors to the West.

  51. gergie1957 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:03 PM

    By reading the Packers posts here, it is more then obvious they fear the Vikings. Bring on the best team you can field. No excuses.

  52. teal379 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:08 PM

    All this talk about how GB’s defense isn’t playing well.

    WTH are you guys watching?

    GB’s D is ranked #10 and I like that against MN’s #23 offense…. Compared to MN’s #16 defense against GB’s #13 offense.

    Essentially Green Bay’s defense plays a better offense in PRACTICE than what they will on Sunday. By a good margin.

    MN “shoulda have won” last game?

    22 first downs to MN’s 16
    even with AP getting 210, MN only averaged .8 yards more per offensive play

    Oh sure, Viking fan will hang his hat on “if Ponder hadn’t thrown those 2 INTs….” but last I checked, Ponder’s still your QB. You know, that guy with the killer 85 PR rating at home in the dome, vs Aaron Rodgers who has a 112 PR rating on the road….

  53. billbrasky72 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:20 PM

    It seems that most Packer fans are fueled just as much by belligerence as they are cheese, beer, and brats. Sure, the Packers may have had a few good years and won some superbowls, but there as been huge stretches of mediocrity and disappointment in between. Vikings statistically dominate them in every other category since the merger. Win pct? Vikings are 6th best in NFL at .557. Packers? Mid pack at .525. Division titles? Vikings 16, Packers 9. Playoff berths? Vikes 24, Pack 16. Winning seasons. Vikes edge 25 to 20. How about the players? Vikes have produced 61 all pros, 2nd only to the Steelers. Pack has produced only 26. May the better team win this weekend.

  54. irishgary says: Dec 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    @thepvyharvin

    Perv, your D had a big game against us and AD ran for 212, yep and you lost by 10, cause you have Ponder.

    You guys really don’t stand a chance and will be watching the playoffs on TV again.

  55. irishgary says: Dec 25, 2012 6:24 PM

    OH yeah and we were missing Mathews.

  56. irishgary says: Dec 25, 2012 6:27 PM

    @kattykathy

    The difference is the game would be in Green Bay, the chickenhawks are 3-5 on the road, and remember how well they did the last time they came to Lambeau for a playoff game.

    Or lets remember the last two times.

  57. grandsonofcoach says: Dec 25, 2012 6:37 PM

    Hey PurpleBlooded. That was sweet when Favre joined the Vikings and threw an interception in the NFC Championship to single-handedly kill your SB hopes. Seeing that was worth two in-season losses to your club. Then watching Rodgers and crew roll over the Vikes twice the next year after the team begged Favre to come back. Then going on to win a SuperBowl with Rodgers. Thanks for reminding me.

  58. packerbacker12 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:41 PM

    “All is arrogant packer fans think the vikings have no chance all because they just whooped on one of the worst teams in the league. Ya not impressed. Your team is coming into one of the loudest stadiums in the league against the best RB is the league with a defense playing much better than yours right now. Texans didn’t score a td on us.. that’s the first time in 6 years they haven’t scored one. Oh you guys held a washed up Chris Johnson to 25 yards? Ya so did the vikes and we just held arian to 15.”

    The Vikings defense is playing much better? Oh is that so? If I recall the Texans have one of the best defenses in the league and Rodgers torched them with 6 touchdowns. So go ahead and gloat. You are making yourself look like a fool in the process.

  59. packerbacker12 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:46 PM

    “It seems that most Packer fans are fueled just as much by belligerence as they are cheese, beer, and brats. Sure, the Packers may have had a few good years and won some superbowls, but there as been huge stretches of mediocrity and disappointment in between. Vikings statistically dominate them in every other category since the merger. Win pct? Vikings are 6th best in NFL at .557. Packers? Mid pack at .525. Division titles? Vikings 16, Packers 9. Playoff berths? Vikes 24, Pack 16. Winning seasons. Vikes edge 25 to 20. How about the players? Vikes have produced 61 all pros, 2nd only to the Steelers. Pack has produced only 26. May the better team win this weekend.”

    I swear Viking fans are THE most hypocritical people on the planet. They bash Packer fans for bringing up the past but yet this clown brings up stats dating back to the merger.

  60. gergie1957 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:48 PM

    teal379 says: “MN “shoulda have won” last game?”

    Right, and all we heard out of Wisconsin was that Green Bay should have won in Seattle, see how that works.

  61. im2fast4you123 says: Dec 25, 2012 6:53 PM

    Packers wont beat vikes in the dome. It was a clise game last time. AP is gonna run wild for another 200 plus yard game. Ponder is gonna have a good game. The vikes D is gonna shut down rodgers. He will reach the end zone only one time. AP will have scores and ponder with one. Pack wont make it out of their first game in the playoffs

  62. purpblooded says: Dec 25, 2012 7:02 PM

    Matthews is as arrogent and obnoxious as some Packer fans. I’d rather have Greenway or Allen anyday, good guys and great players.

  63. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 7:15 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Dec 25, 2012 3:48 PM
    Packer fans are the most annoying ever. I guess we should just dismiss that the Packers won via two horrible passes by Ponder in the red zone. We should just ignore AP running for 210? I think it will be a close game. But the only thing for certain that we will know is that, win or lose, Packer fans will be insufferable pricks.

    conormacleod says:
    Dec 25, 2012 3:53 PM
    I worry about Aaron Rodgers. That is all. I don’t worry about the Packers defense. Why would I? Matthews? Over rated. What, 4 sacks in 3 months and I should worry? Doesn’t he average 3 tackles a game? If Rodgers has less than 250 yards and 3 TDs then the Packers lose. We saw that last year in the playoffs that without 3 TD’S by him the Packers lose. The Packers corners jump every route. I’d be calling double moves on every pass play. Pump fake, jump route, easy TD for Vikings.

    Very funny that these two comments are back to back.

    Packers will destroy the vikings this year. Why would the Packers worry about anyone but Peterson, then? The rest of the team isn’t even rated high enough to be overrated.

    Enjoy your lonely, Super Bowl free christmas, losers!

  64. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 7:21 PM

    Yeah, purpblooded, allen is such a nice guy. He’s ended how many seasons with cheap shots?

    You’re about as smart as the average Viking fan, which, is to say, “not very.”

  65. bla bla bla says: Dec 25, 2012 7:30 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 25, 2012 7:21 PM

    Yeah, purpblooded, allen is such a nice guy. He’s ended how many seasons with cheap shots?

    You’re about as smart as the average Viking fan, which, is to say, “not very.”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I think “not at all” is the phrase that you were actually looking for.

  66. billbrasky72 says: Dec 25, 2012 7:48 PM

    “I swear Viking fans are THE most hypocritical people on the planet. They bash Packer fans for bringing up the past but yet this clown brings up stats dating back to the merger.”

    The only comeback I hear from a Packer fan when they loose a debate is “uhhhh, yeah, but how many superbowls have the Vikings won? huh, huh, huh, huh.” That’s a pretty important stat, but not the only measure of the greatness of a team. I fail to see the hypocrisy of making Packer fans aware of some other stats they surely aren’t aware of.

    The merger is universally known as the beginning of the modern day NFL and not too many years after the Vikings entered the league. Logic would dictate that is a good place to start drawing comparisons between the 2 teams. Oh, and liberals are the most hypocritical people on the planet.

  67. pappavike says: Dec 25, 2012 7:58 PM

    Hey Packer fans! If? your so confident about winning! why all the Worry!!! Hmmm

  68. kodatrout says: Dec 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    Taking the Vikes out of the playoffs and preventing Peterson from his record will be a pleasure to watch.

  69. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 8:04 PM

    Yes, bill, the Vikings have more division Championships. Hooray.

    The Super Bowl is universally known as the ultimate goal in the NFL. Logic would dictate that people would celebrate those more than divisional championships.

    Then again, if that’s all you have…

  70. bla bla bla says: Dec 25, 2012 8:08 PM

    There’s a reason that the Packers are universally accepted as the “gold standard” of all professional sports franchises…. and that the Vikings are considered just as strongly to be the perfect example of “what not to do”.

  71. billbrasky72 says: Dec 25, 2012 8:09 PM

    Should be a good game this weekend…will probably boil down to turnovers. If you break it down, Vikes have the advantage in most phases. Their defense is playing absolutely lights out, best RB in the league, rock solid o-line, best kicker in the league (how the hell is Crosby still on your team?), not to mention homefield advantage in the Dome. If Ponder can refrain from throwing the ball to the other team, I think the Vikes have the advantage.

  72. veence69 says: Dec 25, 2012 8:21 PM

    A lot of chirping from Packer fans..

    They’re not worried about losing to this Vikings team (and then facing them a week later in the playoffs). Nope, not at all.

  73. contraisloosebuthole says: Dec 25, 2012 8:23 PM

    rgledz says: Dec 25, 2012 11:56 AM

    Here they go with the built in injury excuse for when the Pack loses. Typical Pack crap.
    ______________________________
    Are you for real? The Packers third string could crush the vikings. AD will get a few (if he plays) but the Packers will win by 14 no matter what Peterson does.

  74. pack13queens0 says: Dec 25, 2012 8:28 PM

    Should be a great Sunday. Clinching the 1st round bye on their way to yet another Lombardi Trophy, eliminating the Queens from the playoffs & holding Adrian Peterson to negative yardage so he won’t even come close to the record that he doesn’t even deserve in the first place.

  75. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 8:32 PM

    veence69 says:
    Dec 25, 2012 8:21 PM
    A lot of chirping from Packer fans..

    They’re not worried about losing to this Vikings team (and then facing them a week later in the playoffs). Nope, not at all.

    —-

    Exactly. We’re really excited to knock your team into submission, yet again, and get the 2nd seed.

    It’s not our fault your entire fan base seems to be drunk or high, thinking your team is going to beat the Packers.

  76. purpblooded says: Dec 25, 2012 8:53 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 25, 2012 7:21 PM

    Yeah, purpblooded, allen is such a nice guy. He’s ended how many seasons with cheap shots?

    You’re about as smart as the average Viking fan, which, is to say, “not very.”
    Allen did end one Bear’s season, that’s all I’m aware of, it wasn’t a blatent bad hit. He apoligized to the guy. You gotta admit Matthews is a fathead. He’s overrated by “PackaFan”. I also “think” Ponder’s coming around, he’s no Rodgers yet, but it’s a TEAM sport.
    It’s not very nice to belittle my inteligence just because I (hate) the Packers. I’m a Viking fan. I live les than 5 m from WI. My wife is from Little Chute, she came to the purple when Brett joined them, and Dan Divine went to the same high school as I did. Is it true that some disgruntled Paker fans hung his dog?

  77. urcrap says: Dec 25, 2012 9:14 PM

    It’s easy to jump on a team with several Super Bowl wins and act so classless and rude to others. A true fan respects the history of their team, and celebrates their team’s achievements both great and small while being respectful of the rival teams. Then again I suppose it’s to be expected considering the majority of posters are still living with mommy and daddy, sucking both the life out of them as well as their band width. Keep on with the hating and nastiness Packer kids. That kind of karma eventually gets you and not in a good way.

  78. johngaltwho says: Dec 25, 2012 9:19 PM

    You really do have to be impressed with the unbridled optimism and borderline arrogance of the Vikings fans. Neither history nor any rational analysis of match ups gives them reason for confidence yet squawk they will. They may be all about the purple but its quite clear that underneath that is a solid layer of green – with envy.

  79. jrmbadger says: Dec 25, 2012 10:01 PM

    I’ve never seen so many bandwagon Vikings fans on this board. These same “fans” come on a PACKER story and complain about how obnoxious Packer fans are at the same time pumping up their team as the next coming….. Pot meet Kettle.

    Same story every year…. the Vikings put together a few mediocre wins and suddenly they are AWESOME and the Viking “fans” come out in force.

    You are a mediocre at best team and that’s the facts jack. Your offense is horrible aside from AP. Your defense is mediocre at best.

    Certainly something you could build on, but you aren’t contenders this year. Sorry.

  80. jrmbadger says: Dec 25, 2012 10:05 PM

    oh and, by the way Viking fans….. Packers vs. Vikings isn’t really a rivalry. Hate to break it to you, but we view you as the annoying little brother that we just ignore and you go away.

    The Bears are our true rival. While they currently suck as bad as you, they at least have some tradition we can respect. All you’ve had is 52 years of miserable failures.

  81. packerzman says: Dec 25, 2012 10:14 PM

    You Viking fans are so ADORABLE when you come in here thumping your chest and talking smack when you get to 9 wins and are oh so close to sneaking into the playoffs…just soooo cute LOL

  82. shlort says: Dec 25, 2012 10:22 PM

    Ponder isnt good enough to get the Vikings to the playoffs. This is probably the worse possible scenerio for the Vikings. Need to beat the Packers to get into the playoffs. Green Bay is weak against the pass and Ponder is one of the worse QBs in the NFL. Green Bay will have some starters back on Defense, so AP wont get his 208 he needs. The Vikings dont match up well against Green Bay on Either side of the ball. The only way, and I mean ONLY way Minnesota wins is if Green Bay comes out flat on Offense. Then the Vikings could come out on top of a 14-13 contest. Otherwise, it’ll be GB 31 – Minesota 14. Either way, Minnesota scores 14.

  83. packerfanslivevicariouslythroughtheirfootballteam says: Dec 25, 2012 10:28 PM

    I laugh at the notion that the Pack will win the Super Bowl. Their Swiss Cheese defense and one dimensional offense will see them nowhere in the playoffs! All these Packer fans are shaking in their boots so they have to pick on horrible teams like the Lions and Bears. Have fun if it helps you enjoy the season because you will go NOWHERE!!! Go Pats!

  84. lambeaufieldwest says: Dec 25, 2012 10:57 PM

    Vikings fans are too funny. You have Ponder and have Rodgers. That’s all that matters.

    For the second straight season, Green Bay will sweep the divison. And, for the third straight season, Green Bay will sweep Minnesota. 6 straight wins against the Vikings.

  85. kmossg says: Dec 25, 2012 11:28 PM

    I love all the Packer fans talking about injuries, lets be real, as long as you have Aaron Rodgers, in this league, don’t matter who else is out there, Im still taking the Packers

  86. timcast12 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:48 AM

    Patriots suck

  87. gbpbacker84 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:26 AM

    Clay Matthews didn’t play the first game vs the Vikings you clowns. He obviously is the engine of our defense, so the fact that we won without him while still giving up huge yardage does not bode well for your 1 man team now that he is back.

  88. RUAHORNH8R says: Dec 26, 2012 2:36 AM

    Packer fans are so funny! Most of you have moved to Minnesota , cause of the wasteland that is Wisconsin.
    AP, will run for 220 yards and Rodgers will be sacked 8X… In our house, no problem! The 1st win was lucky! Not a 2nd time @ home! Skol

  89. whatjusthapped says: Dec 26, 2012 7:22 AM

    Both the Packers and Vikings enjoy long traditions in the NFL, Packers for Championships, Vikings for choking in the big game. Name another franchise that has both lost 4 Superbowls and the last 5 NFC Championship games they appeared in?

    Come Sunday, both teams will play their usual roles but the biggest difference is the Viking fans will find a new excuse on why this time is different. As long as Ponder starts for the Vikings, they will not be a threat in the NFL.

  90. billh1947 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:02 AM

    If the Packers come out like the Niners did at Seattle and they did at Indy they will lose,any team would playing that pathetically.AP will not come close to the record because this time the defense will actually bring him to the ground before those sixty yard jaunts after missed tackles and combine that with Ponders very poor quarterbacking and Rodgers scrambling and throwing ability along with the Packers new dedication to the running game and you have a Packers victory.

  91. urcrap says: Dec 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    “And then there was the Vikings defense, which held Houston without a touchdown for the first time since 2006″
    PPE’s are back! Just say’n.

  92. dtrb10 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:25 AM

    These Packer fans really think they are special huh? Your not our biggest rival. WHO CARES. You are ours and thats what you need to worry about. We hate the Bears and Lions just as much but their fans are way better than Packer fans.

    What does some award come from being a fan of a team that resides in a state where there are no beautiful women and the whole state shuts down to watch pro football? They think the team rally cares about them or something. It is literally strange. I usually offer up my wives business card for some therapy for them.

    BRING IT!!!!

  93. mickmoney says: Dec 26, 2012 9:53 AM

    remember when the vikings were good? me either

  94. mnomalley says: Dec 26, 2012 9:57 AM

    johnnyb216 says:
    Dec 25, 2012 1:25 PM
    mnomalley says: Dec 25, 2012 12:35 PM

    All is arrogant packer fans think the vikings have no chance all because they just whooped on one of the worst teams in the league.

    —————–

    And they’re going to whoop on one of the worst teams in the league again this Sunday. Why not be confident? AP is the best RB in the league, but he can only carry that team of misfits so far.

    ————

    Really? One of the worst teams in the league huh? When’s the last time you’ve looked at the recent power rankings on any credible site? I believe the Vikes beat the 49ers… the team that spanked you guys week 1… And the Vikes just whooped on the #1 seed in in the AFC without much help from AP. Obviously you didn’t watch the game.

  95. bigjim50010 says: Dec 26, 2012 9:58 AM

    billbrasky72 says:
    Dec 25, 2012 6:20 PM
    It seems that most Packer fans are fueled just as much by belligerence as they are cheese, beer, and brats. Sure, the Packers may have had a few good years and won some superbowls, but there as been huge stretches of mediocrity and disappointment in between. Vikings statistically dominate them in every other category since the merger. Win pct? Vikings are 6th best in NFL at .557. Packers? Mid pack at .525. Division titles? Vikings 16, Packers 9. Playoff berths? Vikes 24, Pack 16. Winning seasons. Vikes edge 25 to 20. How about the players? Vikes have produced 61 all pros, 2nd only to the Steelers. Pack has produced only 26. May the better team win this weekend.

    22 28

    Viking Superbowl Wins: 0

  96. tooba2026 says: Dec 26, 2012 10:00 AM

    Gotta laugh at the patriots fan on here sayin the packers pick on horrible teams like the lions and bears. Last time i checked the jets, bills, and fins were in the AFC east with the pats.

  97. thepvyharvin says: Dec 26, 2012 10:41 AM

    This is late season. Players are sore and battered. Just so happens that the Vikings Oline is battering people. watch film. Don’t take my word. The Vikings big te’s,fb and line are moving people. AD is hammering you. Not fun. The Texans D looked totally wiped out from the continual punishment. Even sets up Ponder for some throws. Keep talking Pack fans,you getting beat up Sunday!!

  98. jimnsota says: Dec 26, 2012 10:57 AM

    Throw out all the stats. The Pack are better in one area an its Rodgers. The Vikes have one advantage its AP. Besides that these teams are pretty similar. I like the Vikes if they can pressure Rodgers and make Crosby attempt FG’s. If the Vikes convert 3rd downs keep Rodgers off the field they will win this game. If Rodgers starts hot the game will be over before half time.

  99. tooba2026 says: Dec 26, 2012 11:26 AM

    It doesnt matter what the vikes did to any other team this season. the only thing that matters is what they do against the packers this weekend. All stats are out the door for the vikings and their fans because if they want to play after this weekend they have to worry about this ONE game. Both teams are playin good right now so it can go either way. no matter what happens though the packers are already in cuz they won the division THIS year, and thats all that matters. And if the packers win, well i guess theres always next year for the vikes.

  100. wludford says: Dec 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    I expect the Vikings to come out and play physical football against the Packers from play 1. If the Packers aren’t ready physically, it’s gonna show fast.

    Would not be surprised to see the Vikings play at a high level the Packers are not used to seeing from the Vikings the last couple years…. and completely dominate them.

  101. burningrangers says: Dec 26, 2012 1:09 PM

    Ah Vikings fans. A fanbase who can’t even sell out that inflatable toilet of a stadium and were on the verge of potentially losing their team to another city before their legislature finally got it’s head out of it’s ass and approved a stadium bill.

    Sorry, but the years of 1990’s and Favre being scared of your stadium are long over. Rodgers has beaten your mediocre squad their twice the last two seasons and our offense thrives on playing indoors. But hey, congrats on your little three game winning streak beating a couple of mediocre squads in Chicago and St. Louis and exposing the Texans once again like the Patriots and Packers did. At least this game has some meaning. AD is going to get his yards, but your QB puts no fear into anyone even with Harvin on the field and you can’t make a deep playoff run without having a competent passing game to keep your running game honest. But hey, 9-7 is still a pretty good year considering most prognosticators had you guys finishing no better than 7-9 this season.

  102. magnusthe1st says: Dec 26, 2012 1:47 PM

    I love how now that Vikings have rattled off a couple decent games, judging by comments in here and local Minnesota sports radio to which I’m subjected, that they’re are suddenly this NFC powerhouse that will blow the doors off anyone who faces them.

    This is the same team that could barely keep its offense on the field for more than a few minutes at a time for about half the season all while the fans lamented that Ponder looked lost and the defense was full of holes.

    Yes, AP is the best running back in the game, perhaps ever. Yes, the defense is NOW playing well. However, let’s not forget that the true M.O. of this team is primarily mediocrity. Ponder makes too many mistakes, their only truly dangerous wide-out is done for the year, the linebackers are pedestrian, and opposing high-flying offenses will force them to give up on the run and lose it via their passing game.

    Their ‘quality’ football is living on borrowed time.

  103. pappavike says: Dec 26, 2012 11:07 PM

    Hey, Packer fans Hows your running game? Is it as good as the Rams? How bout the Forty niners? maybe as good as the Titans, Or Texans? No! They all thought the could run the ball against the Vikes! They were wrong, We all ready know you can’t stop our running game! That’s fact!! And that last effort was at your house!! AP hung 210 yards on your D! And yall think your gonna stop him here in his house? Good luck with that!!

  104. packerbacker12 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:47 AM

    I just love how Viking fans come trolling onto this thread calling Packer fans ‘overconfident’. The Vikings had one good win last week and just like that their lousy fans come out of the woodwork acting like the Vikings are the best team in the league.. Give me a break. Last time I checked the Packers also beat the Texans pretty soundly as well.

    Don’t think the Packers are going to back down on the Vikings come Sunday either. If anything Mike McCarthy always comes prepared when going against a division rival. His 9 consecutive division wins and 30-9 division record says so. And let’s not forget the Packers also have a chance to get the #2 seed as well.

    And it may not seem like it but the Packers defense, like the Vikings defense, has improved dramatically over the course of the last few weeks. And they got a running game going too. Maybe not as good as the Vikings but still.

  105. packerbacker12 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:05 AM

    “What does some award come from being a fan of a team that resides in a state where there are no beautiful women and the whole state shuts down to watch pro football?”

    Funny you say that considering half of the state of Minnesota is trolling this Packer story gloating about how the Vikings are so great.

  106. packerbacker12 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:14 AM

    “The only comeback I hear from a Packer fan when they loose a debate is “uhhhh, yeah, but how many superbowls have the Vikings won? huh, huh, huh, huh.”

    And the only comeback I hear from Viking fans is about how people from Wisconsin are fat and how the women are ugly. At least when Packer fans talk trash it is about the game of football. It says a lot when Viking fans have to resort to something that is completely irrelevant to football in order to get a comeback in.

  107. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 27, 2012 11:28 AM

    Love vikes fans saying the packers can’t run the ball.

    The packers highest rushing output of the year was vs the vikes, resulting in a Packers win.

    Also, you held Rodgers to only one TD. You think that that’s going to happen again? In a dome?

    You sure know a lot about football.

  108. pappavike says: Dec 27, 2012 4:15 PM

    The packers Defence better the last few weeks? And who have they played? If your going to give facts? Give all of them!!

  109. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 28, 2012 4:41 PM

    pappavike says:
    Dec 27, 2012 4:15 PM
    The packers Defence better the last few weeks? And who have they played? If your going to give facts? Give all of them!!

    Oh, I’m sorry

    The packers are the 7th best defense in the league in points allowed

    That’s better than the Vikings

    The Vikings strength of schedule is almost identical to the packers, the only reason the packers is a little easier is they play the Vikings twice, and not the Packers.

  110. pappavike says: Dec 29, 2012 2:01 AM

    Stats look good on paper!! If only the game were played there!!

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