The Vikings will be playing outdoors on Saturday night when they face the Packers at Lambeau Field.
Since it is January, it’s a fair bet that there will be a significant chill to the air. Minnesota’s got plenty of its own chill this time of year, but the Vikings play their home games inside and typically practice indoors as well so there was some question of whether they’d switch things up and practice outside on Tuesday to prepare for their trip across the border into Wisconsin. If coach Leslie Frazier was considering it, the consideration didn’t last long.
“It was minus-10,” Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Any thoughts I had about us going out there were kind of removed when I got out of my car.”
The Vikings opted for practicing inside, but opening sliding doors to allow some of the elements in during the session. The Vikings haven’t won at Green Bay since 2009, when they were quarterbacked by a fellow who used to play his home games at Lambeau Field, and they lost 23-14 there during this regular season.
Four members of the Vikings weren’t on the field for the half-freezing practice. Running back Adrian Peterson, safety Harrison Smith, linebacker Tyrone McKenzie and cornerback Antoine Winfield all sat out practice, although Winfield’s broken hand is the only injury that is particularly worrisome for Saturday.