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Greenway admits there’s an intimidation factor against the Packers

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As the Vikings prepare to face the Packers at Lambeau Field with the NFC North title on the line, the Vikings have to find a way to get past a team that has mastered its Minnesota rivals in recents years.

Last month, Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway appeared on PFT Live, and I asked him if there’s an intimidation factor that applies when playing the Packers.

“I think there’s some truth to that honestly,” Greenway said. “Really since [Aaron] Rodgers has come in and taken that role over and actually during the time of [Brett] Favre as well. But we just haven’t played that well against them. . . . So I think it’s just the old adage of, you know, the division goes through Green Bay. We have to go there and prove that we can win, we have to prove that we can beat that football team. . . . [W]e have to get over that hurdle and that’s something we didn’t do and we played uncharacteristically in that game [on November 22] and it just kind of goes to show that fact that we need to play better against them specifically. . . . But again there’s some truth to that for sure.”

The Vikings last beat the Packers in Week 17 of the 2012 season at the Metrodome, setting up a wild-card rematch at Lambeau Field. This year, a loss at Green Bay sets up a rematch there the following week.

Since Greenway arrived as a first-round pick 2006, the Vikings are 4-15-1 against the Packers. If it doesn’t go to 5-15-1 on Sunday night, there’s a chance it will be 4-17-1 by the following Sunday night.

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  1. Chris says: Dec 29, 2015 11:32 AM

    Vikings, you are the superior team right now. Go get it.

    Signed,

    A Cards Fan

  2. thefappingbearcutler says: Dec 29, 2015 11:33 AM

    Both fraud teams right now and will be exposed at playoff time.

  3. kjdoyle58 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:35 AM

    Loser…..Oh wait, I can’t call him that anymore

  4. sirtacklesalot says: Dec 29, 2015 11:38 AM

    I wonder if the officials will be wearing Packers Jersey’s or if the Packers will be wearing the officials jersey’s? They will probably wait, till the rematch in the playoffs, to sport them on the field. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.

  5. In Teddy We Trust says: Dec 29, 2015 11:40 AM

    Part of it is that the Packers have just been better than the Vikings the last few years, and that’s contributed to the intimidation factor. If you want to get rid of the intimidation factor, just show the team the film of the Packers game against Arizona.

  6. thebigkuhuna says: Dec 29, 2015 11:42 AM

    At the start of the season, do you think that any Green Bay fan would think that they would HAVE to win in week 17 to win the division???

  7. allight59 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:49 AM

    We’re coming…a decade or two of Viking dominance over the Packer begins Sunday night. Remember the good old days, Packer fans.

  8. thenoshows says: Dec 29, 2015 11:50 AM

    It’s Erin Rodgers.

  9. longhairdontcare66 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:52 AM

    We have no shot of winning Sunday.

    – Signed Packers Owner

  10. stellarperformance says: Dec 29, 2015 11:53 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:40 AM
    Part of it is that the Packers have just been better than the Vikings the last few years, and that’s contributed to the intimidation factor. If you want to get rid of the intimidation factor, just show the team the film of the Packers game against Arizona
    ////////////////////

    Uh huh. Right. Because the Vikings are nearly as good as the Cardinals. Got it.

    Did the Vikings deserve the butt-kicking they received from the Packers last month? Are the Packers that much better? Or did a very good Viking team simply play poorly and lose? Because, if you say the latter, then the Arizona/Green Bay game can be dismissed similarly. If it can’t be dismissed similarly, then the Packers are unquestionably superior to the Vikings, because of the butt-kicking they handed them, at home.

    I’m only trying to use your logic.

  11. codythao35 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:55 AM

    The Packers are a intimidating and very dangerous team but only to themselves. Lol

  12. powersnatch0102 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:58 AM

    Erin’s not hungry anymore. He rolls his eyes at his teammates after every play. He gets mad at the kids for playing video games. Has he no holiday spirit? The packers are unraveling. The young fresh vikings are on the rise. I smell a defeat at lamb-bow in front of millions. The NFC North is coming home. #skol

  13. stiffarm13 says: Dec 29, 2015 11:59 AM

    sirtacklesalot says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:38 AM
    I wonder if the officials will be wearing Packers Jersey’s or if the Packers will be wearing the officials jersey’s? They will probably wait, till the rematch in the playoffs, to sport them on the field. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait

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    Guess you didn’t know who the least penalized team in the NFL is …. that silly officials talk sounds like a built in excuse in case they lose …. it’s always the “officials” excuse

  14. norrasregdor says: Dec 29, 2015 12:00 PM

    *1-12-1*

  15. tremoluxman says: Dec 29, 2015 12:03 PM

    The difference between the Packer and Vikings is simply QBs and WRs.

    The Packers struck gold twice in a row with Favre and then Rodgers. They’ve also had excellent WRs and a great TE.

    The Vikings, since Culpepper, Moss, Carter, have had a bunch of hopefuls, fill-ins, and slap-dicks.

    That appears to be changing.

  16. onwis4 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:03 PM

    The Vikings have been mastered recently because the Packers were simply a far better team, especially offensively. THIS YEAR, however, no matter how much I want to believe Green Bay could make a playoff run, their offense is, and has been for basically the entire year, is awful. Absolutely awful. That’s not something you can simply flip a switch with and suddenly be great. The game after game performances have shown this.

    So, I actually feel the Vikings should win. Will they? Depends on whether or not they turn the ball over.

  17. karlpk says: Dec 29, 2015 12:06 PM

    Packers fan here – something dreadfully wrong with Packers – I think the QB is hesitant to throw – don’t know if it’s lack of trust or the yips but this has been an awful season – doesn’t matter who comes out on top here both teams exit 1st round unless they play each other –

  18. housemusic1200 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:08 PM

    What this really shows, is the importance of a true franchise QB. I know Teddy has a ways to go, so I’m calling him the franchise QB just yet. He isn’t going to shipwreck the team like we’ve seen Frerotte, Ponder, Freeman, Cassel, Jackson, etc. He’s still very young, learning on the job, and will continue to get better. Even with subpar defensive play, a true franchise QB (Aaron Rodgers) can take the stadium maintenance guy, and make him a decent receiver. That’s the intangibles a franchise QB brings to the table. They can overcome defensive short comings, and find a way to pull out victories. Personally, I can’t stand Green Bay, but that has more to do with the fans, and the national media love that the organization gets. Every Viking fan would give their left arm for a QB that has play making abilities that Aaron Rodgers has, myself included. The fact is, we finally have a solid head coach to go along with a solid, young QB. Those two go hand in hand. Even if we do beat Green Bay on Sunday, and don’t advance very far in the post season, it’s reassuring to know that Zimmer is laying the foundation for a very solid team, for many years. Just be happy that we don’t have Childress or Tice at the helm for Sunday’s game! “We’re comin!”

  19. screamingyellowzonkers says: Dec 29, 2015 12:08 PM

    stiffarm13 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:59 AM

    sirtacklesalot says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:38 AM
    I wonder if the officials will be wearing Packers Jersey’s or if the Packers will be wearing the officials jersey’s? They will probably wait, till the rematch in the playoffs, to sport them on the field. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait

    ——————————————————————

    Guess you didn’t know who the least penalized team in the NFL is …. that silly officials talk sounds like a built in excuse in case they lose …. it’s always the “officials” excuse
    —————————————–

    The Vikings are one of the least penalized teams in the league, and the Packers are one of the top teams who benefit from penalties.

    There is no hiding behind penalties.
    It’s clear that the Packers get the calls when they need them. (Roughing the passer calls and the plays called in the huddle, “interference deep left or deep right)

    The game at Minnesota, somehow, the Vikings got more penalties called against them in any other game of the year. Some were deserved, others were very questionable.

    Look for more penalties agianst the vikings on Sunday, after very few penalties have been called on the vikings the last two weeks.

  20. stiffarm13 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:09 PM

    Sorry, but if the Vikings lose to Green Bay there will not be a re-match in Green Bay the following week if Seattle also loses Sunday …. Seattle will then be the lowest seed …. and the Vikings don’t want to beat Gree Bay or they get Seattle no matter what …. if you want to talk intimidation the Vikings are VERY intimidated by Seattle …. especially after the most recent beatdown

  21. riverace19 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:10 PM

    The scenarios are inaccurate. If Seattle loses at Cardinals then whoever loses the Packers-Vikings game will be the 5 seed, so there is no rematch locked in on wild card weekend.

  22. 13worldchampioinships says: Dec 29, 2015 12:12 PM

    stellarperformance | Dec 29, 2015, 10:53 AM CST
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:40 AM
    Part of it is that the Packers have just been better than the Vikings the last few years, and that’s contributed to the intimidation factor. If you want to get rid of the intimidation factor, just show the team the film of the Packers game against Arizona
    ////////////////////

    Uh huh. Right. Because the Vikings are nearly as good as the Cardinals. Got it.

    Did the Vikings deserve the butt-kicking they received from the Packers last month? Are the Packers that much better? Or did a very good Viking team simply play poorly and lose? Because, if you say the latter, then the Arizona/Green Bay game can be dismissed similarly. If it can’t be dismissed similarly, then the Packers are unquestionably superior to the Vikings, because of the butt-kicking they handed them, at home.

    Do you think, in your estimation, the 49ers are superior to the Vikings this season?

  23. stellarperformance says: Dec 29, 2015 12:18 PM

    13worldchampioinships says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:12 PM
    Do you think, in your estimation, the 49ers are superior to the Vikings this season?
    ////////////////////////////////////////

    No, I do not.

  24. HGH Will Make Your Fore Head HUGE!!!!!! says: Dec 29, 2015 12:22 PM

    Interesting dilemma has been created. The GB/Minny game is played on SNF. The Sea/Zona game is played at 4. The result of the Sea/Zona game will dictate the playoff scenarios for the SNF game.

    Lets say Arizona defeats Seattle. That will mean the winner of SNF gets to host the Seahawks, and the loser gets to travel to Washington. Any chance both teams try to not win the division just so they can get the Skins instead of the Hawks???

  25. ragnarthemagnificent says: Dec 29, 2015 12:23 PM

    Its true the Vikings haven’t been very good in the last 10 years. The coaching was the worst part of it. Our fans have hung in there even through the thin and we’re ready to return to greatness with Zimmer at the helm. Objects in your mirror….

  26. housemusic1200 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:26 PM

    Hey stellar, why is it so hard for you to admit that your team just isn’t as good as years past? There’s a lot of parity this year. Just go with it man. Good teams lose to crappy teams, and crappy teams beat much superior teams. That’s the NFL. The Vikings beat the Rams, and the Rams best the Seahawks. Does that mean the Vikings are better than the Seahawks? It’s so easy to run back to the game a few weeks ago, and assume that’s the measuring stick for this Sunday’s game. The better team won. Since that win, who is the better team? Should we assume that since we lost by 3 in Arizona, and you lost by 30, that were a better team? I know you lost a few offensive starters, but we also had 3 defensive starters missing for the AZ game, and Matthieu was healthy that night. Are YOU saying that Green Bay is on par with Arizona?

  27. bondlake says: Dec 29, 2015 12:28 PM

    powersnatch0102 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:58 AM
    Erin’s not hungry anymore. He rolls his eyes at his teammates after every play. He gets mad at the kids for playing video games. Has he no holiday spirit? The packers are unraveling. The young fresh vikings are on the rise. I smell a defeat at lamb-bow in front of millions. The NFC North is coming home. #skol

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    r u telling me that u would trade Bridgewater for Rodgers?

  28. tritz32 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:30 PM

    I’m already laughing at how butt hurt all these Vikings fans will be Sunday night. This is shaping up just like the last game. Vikings fans over confident, get beat down and disappear to Mom’s basement (after coming here to bit*h about officiating) for 7 days only to emerge and spew the same garbage over and over again. That being said – neither team is going to win more than 1 playoff game this year without an offense.

    Go Pack!

  29. tritz32 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:30 PM

    I forgot to add 1-10-1. Sorry.

  30. conormacleod says: Dec 29, 2015 12:35 PM

    HGH Will Make Your Fore Head HUGE!!!!!!
    Dec 29, 2015, 10:22 AM MST
    Interesting dilemma has been created. The GB/Minny game is played on SNF. The Sea/Zona game is played at 4. The result of the Sea/Zona game will dictate the playoff scenarios for the SNF game.

    Lets say Arizona defeats Seattle. That will mean the winner of SNF gets to host the Seahawks, and the loser gets to travel to Washington. Any chance both teams try to not win the division just so they can get the Skins instead of the Hawks???
    ——-
    No. And it’s a ridiculous question.

  31. coreyn23 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:36 PM

    HGH Will Make Your Fore Head HUGE!!!!!! says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:22 PM
    Interesting dilemma has been created. The GB/Minny game is played on SNF. The Sea/Zona game is played at 4. The result of the Sea/Zona game will dictate the playoff scenarios for the SNF game.

    Lets say Arizona defeats Seattle. That will mean the winner of SNF gets to host the Seahawks, and the loser gets to travel to Washington. Any chance both teams try to not win the division just so they can get the Skins instead of the Hawks???

    ———————————————————————————————————
    No, because a home playoff game is what every team in the league plays for. It allows you to sleep in your own bed and have the home field advantage. No team would do that.

  32. htowntexan says: Dec 29, 2015 12:37 PM

    Green Bay has been destroyed this year by good teams. They benefit from playin in a horrible division, and even then they manage to lose to Detroit and Chicago.

  33. stellarperformance says: Dec 29, 2015 12:38 PM

    housemusic1200 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:26 PM
    Hey stellar, why is it so hard for you to admit that your team just isn’t as good as years past?
    ////////////////////////////////////

    How many times, exactly, do I have to say it? I’ve been saying it for weeks.

  34. ariani1985 says: Dec 29, 2015 12:40 PM

    Just show them every first round playoff game from the past decade….. The Packers fold like an old lawn chair……..if “one and Done” is your theme, Packers will be your Team!!!!

  35. Chris says: Dec 29, 2015 12:47 PM

    Interesting dilemma has been created. The GB/Minny game is played on SNF. The Sea/Zona game is played at 4. The result of the Sea/Zona game will dictate the playoff scenarios for the SNF game.

    Lets say Arizona defeats Seattle. That will mean the winner of SNF gets to host the Seahawks, and the loser gets to travel to Washington. Any chance both teams try to not win the division just so they can get the Skins instead of the Hawks???

    I don’t know, but I want to find out!

    Go Cards!

  36. purpleguy says: Dec 29, 2015 12:47 PM

    Like Teddy said, the Pack has just been better, largely because of their vastly superior QBs. The gap is narrowing, but Rodgers is still better than our QB. I hope my team shows that the gap is narrowed Sunday night.

    Then again, maybe the Vikes will stand a chance if half the Packers defenders will still be in Indianapolis buying HGH and pain killers from the Guyer Anti-Aging Clinic before Sunday’s game.

  37. screamingyellowzonkers says: Dec 29, 2015 12:48 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:35 PM

    HGH Will Make Your Fore Head HUGE!!!!!!
    Dec 29, 2015, 10:22 AM MST
    Interesting dilemma has been created. The GB/Minny game is played on SNF. The Sea/Zona game is played at 4. The result of the Sea/Zona game will dictate the playoff scenarios for the SNF game.
    ————————————————–
    What’s really important in all of this, is the Carolina-Tampa Game at 1pm.

    If Carolina wins, AZ has NOTHING to play for, and that likely means Seattle comes out on top.

    If GB beats MN, then it’s a rematch. If MN beats GB, Seattle at MN and GB at Wash.

    Odds are, its a MN at GB rematch in the playoffs.

  38. Teddy BustH20 Movin' On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says: Dec 29, 2015 12:56 PM

    Vikings fans still believe they can beat the Packers someday. Even this season. Even though the most recent contest at home had them getting spanked yet again.

  39. Paul M. says: Dec 29, 2015 12:57 PM

    If one of Bud Grants players admitted he cowers in fear at the sight of a Packers uniform he’d have been sent packing. Greeway’s cowardice is a leftover from the former coaches. He should be cut today.

  40. aypeeswhippingstick says: Dec 29, 2015 12:57 PM

    Its true the Vikings haven’t been very good in the last 10 years. The coaching was the worst part of it. Our fans have hung in there even through the thin and we’re ready to return to greatness with Zimmer at the helm. Objects in your mirror….

    ————————————————–

    That doesn’t explain the commercials on TV constantly begging Viking fans to buy tickets to games in the new US Bank stadium next year. I believe good seats are still available in the LOWER levels of the stadium. That doesn’t sound like “hanging in there even through the thin” or thick for that matter.

    The fans are the biggest reason this franchise has stunk for so long and choke every time greatness is within reach.

  41. Teddy BustH20 Movin' On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says: Dec 29, 2015 12:58 PM

    Just show them every first round playoff game from the past decade….. The Packers fold like an old lawn chair…….
    —————–
    You might have a better troll if the Vikings were actually in the playoffs every year.

    AND IF THE PACKERS HADN’T WON A SUPER BOWL IN THE LAST DECADE!!

    Something the Queen’s have NEVER done in 50 years. SKOLOLOLOLOL!

  42. packer4life4ever says: Dec 29, 2015 12:59 PM

    Hoping we get more of them “roughing the passer” calls like the previous game. Have the refs been announced yet? Go Pack !

  43. mrgschwind says: Dec 29, 2015 1:00 PM

    Any Vikings, Bears, or Lions fan that says they don’t crap themselves a little bit when Aaron Rodgers comes out of the tunnel is a liar.

    With both tackles banged up and receivers slower than a glacier, this is the best chance Minnesota has to beat Green bay in a long time.

  44. granadafan says: Dec 29, 2015 1:01 PM

    The slogan on the Vikings’ next T-shirt: We’re not Intimidated! We really really aren’t intimidated! Really.

  45. getsome636 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:06 PM

    MN is not a good team, neither is Green Bay. The Packers are off this year (the offense stinks, Rodgers included), so if the sorry MN team cant do it now, then when?

    In addition, Child Beater has 1-2 years left, what happens when shot put throwing Teddy doesn’t get to throw against 8 in the box?

  46. whatjusthapped says: Dec 29, 2015 1:20 PM

    Any objective fan of either team will admit that a long playoff run is not in store for 2015 (actually Jan-Feb 2016)

    Never the less, a NFC North Divisional Championship and home playoff game is at stake so I would rather take my chances at home then head out on the road to Washington.

    The Vikings series has been decidedly one sided for the past 6 years (if 10-1-1 can be accurately stated as one-sided) No amount of “Beat the Packers” T shirts is going to change that. (give credit where credit is due, at least the Vikings got the spelling right, that’s more than you could say for the Bridgewater jersey’s at the Target stores)

  47. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:21 PM

    there is an enormous block of cheese hanging over our shoulders we need to get past.

    Teddy threw for 335 vs the Cards and had them in field goal range. How’d A-aron do?

  48. vikingforlife says: Dec 29, 2015 1:33 PM

    Don’t care what any of you nay sayers say, this is so exciting and fun! I am so proud and happy to be a Vikings fan! Whatever happens, this is just great, and I, personally, am enjoying every minute of it!!! SKOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. bballnut50 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:35 PM

    Thank God Greenway plays very little anymore-he is part of that old ugly culture

  50. Teddy BustH20 Movin' On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says: Dec 29, 2015 1:42 PM

    Packer fans are disappointed because their team sitting at 10-5 hasn’t lived up to expectations even though they are playoff bound for the 7th straight year.

    Vikings fans are downright giddy that Week 17 is relevant for them and their team has reached the lofty goal of just making the playoffs. Knowing full well that they have no chance of winning a SB.

  51. bojesphob says: Dec 29, 2015 1:48 PM

    karlpk says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:06 PM

    Packers fan here – something dreadfully wrong with Packers – I think the QB is hesitant to throw – don’t know if it’s lack of trust or the yips but this has been an awful season – doesn’t matter who comes out on top here both teams exit 1st round unless they play each other –

    ——————————————-

    What I find amazing is that Rodgers is having an off year (for him), but he’s still got 3500 yards, 30 TDs and only 7 INTs. Now, he’s done better, sure, but how is that an awful season?

  52. dsimo says: Dec 29, 2015 1:54 PM

    It’s a trap game for the Packers. If they beat the Vikings it’s no major accomplishment because they have the Vikings number and this was expected. If they lose, their season continues to swirl down the toilet where a first round exit most likely awaits them.

  53. schmitty2 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:56 PM

    HGH Will Make Your Fore Head HUGE!!!!!! says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:22 PM

    Interesting dilemma has been created. The GB/Minny game is played on SNF. The Sea/Zona game is played at 4. The result of the Sea/Zona game will dictate the playoff scenarios for the SNF game.

    Lets say Arizona defeats Seattle. That will mean the winner of SNF gets to host the Seahawks, and the loser gets to travel to Washington. Any chance both teams try to not win the division just so they can get the Skins instead of the Hawks???

    When your football IQ appears to be smaller than your shoe size you just might want to start following another sport.

  54. filthymcnasty3 says: Dec 29, 2015 1:57 PM

    I think it’s perfectly natural for Viking players and their fans to be intimidated by the greatest sports franchise in the history of mankind.

    Respect is granted to Greenway for having the courage to admit it.

  55. Teddy BustH20 Movin' On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says: Dec 29, 2015 1:58 PM

    bojesphob,
    It is considered an awful season by some because he is held to a MUCH higher standard than say a scrub like Teddy Bustwater. For him, that would be a career season and one that he would likely never replicate before he ends up as the Seahawks backup QB in a couple of years.

  56. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Dec 29, 2015 2:04 PM

    There’s no reason to be intimidated by us. We are all nice, docile people here. Every last one of us. Even our football players.

  57. ariani1985 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:04 PM

    Like the late Ron wolfe once said, sometimes bad things happen during the playoffs for all teams, good or bad.

  58. In Teddy We Trust says: Dec 29, 2015 2:05 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:53 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:40 AM
    Part of it is that the Packers have just been better than the Vikings the last few years, and that’s contributed to the intimidation factor. If you want to get rid of the intimidation factor, just show the team the film of the Packers game against Arizona
    ////////////////////

    Uh huh. Right. Because the Vikings are nearly as good as the Cardinals. Got it.

    Did the Vikings deserve the butt-kicking they received from the Packers last month? Are the Packers that much better? Or did a very good Viking team simply play poorly and lose? Because, if you say the latter, then the Arizona/Green Bay game can be dismissed similarly. If it can’t be dismissed similarly, then the Packers are unquestionably superior to the Vikings, because of the butt-kicking they handed them, at home.

    I’m only trying to use your logic.
    _____________

    Let me try to explain it to you. The Packers did not look good on Sunday. Showing the Vikings the tape of that game will reinforce to them that there is nothing intimidating about the Packers anymore. You could just as easily show them the Detroit, Chicago, or Denver games.

  59. In Teddy We Trust says: Dec 29, 2015 2:08 PM

    I may be in the minority here, but I hope Seattle beats Arizona so the Vikings can get a rematch against Green Bay if they lose, rather than go to Washington. I don’t think Green Bay is good enough to beat the Vikings three times in one season.

  60. okemon says: Dec 29, 2015 2:09 PM

    I’m one viking fan that sees this Sunday night’s match up as an up hill battle. Although the packers don’t seem like the elite team we’ve known, they seem to match up against us well. Lacey seems to have his better games against us and Rogers, though the stats don’t show it, is still one of the best in the game.

    The vikings D is returning now at the end of the season and Teddy is getting more comfortable, The O-Line is still the weakest link. Even if we loose our next two games, I’m pleased with Zimmer and what he’s accomplishing with our team. I believe this is going to be a close game either way. Should be a great final game of the season.

  61. h0metownzero says: Dec 29, 2015 2:14 PM

    Greenway is right.

    The Packers and their fans will always intimidate their Viking counterparts.

    Because better football…..

    …….is for better people.

  62. irishgary says: Dec 29, 2015 2:15 PM

    @Frazier28/7

    Why don’t we discuss home games against Seattle.

    Packers handled Seattle.

    Vikings?????? 30 point beat down by the Hawks.

  63. Teddy BustH20 Movin' On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says: Dec 29, 2015 2:19 PM

    Let me try to explain it to you. The Packers did not look good on Sunday. Showing the Vikings the tape of that game will reinforce to them that there is nothing intimidating about the Packers anymore.
    ——————–
    So will the Packers show the beatdown of the Vikings by Seattle and their own beat down of the Vikings at home to reinforce that there is nothing intimidating about the Vikings or does this only work one way?

  64. ejmat2 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:26 PM

    bojesphob says:
    Dec 29, 2015 1:48 PM

    karlpk says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:06 PM

    Packers fan here – something dreadfully wrong with Packers – I think the QB is hesitant to throw – don’t know if it’s lack of trust or the yips but this has been an awful season – doesn’t matter who comes out on top here both teams exit 1st round unless they play each other –

    ——————————————-

    What I find amazing is that Rodgers is having an off year (for him), but he’s still got 3500 yards, 30 TDs and only 7 INTs. Now, he’s done better, sure, but how is that an awful season?
    ———————————
    And that is a great point. As a Viking fan even I can’t take the posts saying Aaron Rodgers is declining or whatever other negative things they want to say. The truth is Aaron Rodgers is still an elite QB and the division still goes through GB. Now I will say the Vikings have as good a chance to beat them this year as they have had in a few years. For Rodgers, this is an off year but it’s still a pretty good year by QB standards. Any team would love to have Rodgers and make no mistake about it.

    I think the Vikings can beat the Packers this week. On the other hand the Packers already proved they can beat the Vikings. Packer weaknesses have been exposed as have Viking weaknesses. Both have serious OLine issues. In my opinion this game will be decided by the trenches. Who’s OLine can hold up better? Who doesn’t turnover the football? Last game in November it was the Packers that had the advantage in those two categories. Let’s see what happens here in January. Here’s to a good game where hopefully the referees call well.

  65. ariani1985 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:28 PM

    There is nothing intimidating about erin Rogers 2-8 playoff record.

  66. ejmat2 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:34 PM

    irishgary says:
    Dec 29, 2015 2:15 PM

    @Frazier28/7

    Why don’t we discuss home games against Seattle.

    Packers handled Seattle.

    Vikings?????? 30 point beat down by the Hawks.
    —————————————-
    Come on now. The Packers played Seattle when the Packers were playing excellent football and Seattle was struggling. The Vikings played Seattle when they were red hot and the Vikings lost their top 3 defensive players. The comparison is like apples and oranges. Here’s a couple of examples. I can use the fact the Vikings beat the Lions easily twice and the Packers lost one and took a ridiculous fluke to win the other. Same goes with the Bears (without the fluke play). Also, the Vikings played both Denver and Arizona to the bitter end and lost only by 3 points with a chance of winning. The Packers were blown out by both those teams. You see where I’m going here?

  67. ejmat2 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:36 PM

    Teddy BustH20 Movin’ On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says:
    Dec 29, 2015 2:19 PM

    Let me try to explain it to you. The Packers did not look good on Sunday. Showing the Vikings the tape of that game will reinforce to them that there is nothing intimidating about the Packers anymore.
    ——————–
    So will the Packers show the beatdown of the Vikings by Seattle and their own beat down of the Vikings at home to reinforce that there is nothing intimidating about the Vikings or does this only work one way?
    ———————————-
    Nope. It works both ways. To be truthful there’s nothing intimidating about playing either team. So the coaches will use whatever motivational resources they have and may the better team win.

  68. walterpaytonbestalltime says: Dec 29, 2015 2:38 PM

    would love to see the Packers and Vikings play each other again in wild card round – classic rivalry, anything can happen in any game.

  69. Teddy BustH20 Movin' On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says: Dec 29, 2015 2:39 PM

    There is nothing intimidating about erin Rogers 2-8 playoff record.
    ————-
    Thank goodness he doesn’t have that record! Of course winning a SB as a wild card team and being in the NFCCG last year, means that most people already realize this.

  70. stellarperformance says: Dec 29, 2015 2:41 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Dec 29, 2015 11:40 AM
    Let me try to explain it to you. The Packers did not look good on Sunday. Showing the Vikings the tape of that game will reinforce to them that there is nothing intimidating about the Packers anymore.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Yeah. Got it the first time. I’m saying (using your logic,) that showing them the tapes of the 11/22 game against the Packers should reinforce the concerns expressed by Greenway. Same rationalization as yours, but admittedly kinda stupid.

  71. Teddy BustH20 Movin' On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says: Dec 29, 2015 2:44 PM

    The Packers played Seattle when the Packers were playing excellent football and Seattle was struggling.
    ————-
    And the Packers beat down the Vikings at home when the Packers were struggling and the Vikings were red hot. So?

  72. ben444 says: Dec 29, 2015 2:51 PM

    Seattle is coming to Green Bay for the playoffs. Minnisota is going to Washington and both wildcard teams will fall.

    Why?

    Because of match ups.

    Green Bay matches up well with Seattle.

    Seattle and Minnesota have small receivers just like GB corners. Teams with big receivers do well against GB.

    Washington is not as bad as everyone want to think they are.

    Go Packers!

  73. wafflestomp says: Dec 29, 2015 2:52 PM

    Kudos to Greenway for admitting the obvious.
    Now if he would just come out and admit that the entire locker room hates Adrian Peterson because he’s an arrogant, selfish player with bad parenting skills.

  74. filthymcnasty3 says: Dec 29, 2015 3:18 PM

    I don’t know why Viking fans have to always act like they’re so intimidated by us. Just because were more successful than they are, it doesn’t mean that we don’t put our pants on one leg at a time.

  75. 440Barracuda says: Dec 29, 2015 3:35 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 1:57 PM
    I think it’s perfectly natural for Viking players and their fans to be intimidated by the greatest sports franchise in the history of mankind.

    —————————————–

    I think the Yankees would have a lot to say about that. They’ve won 27 World Series titles in the same amount of time that the Packers won 13. The Yankees have had to play a championship series to win each, but the Packers were awarded 4 or 5, just because they had the best record in football at the end of the season, only having to actually “win” 8 or 9 of them. I hate the Yankees organization, but I readily admit they are the greatest sports franchise, just edging out the Boston Celtics.

    I would also never consider a team that was the only team ever kicked out of the NFL for cheating (1921 Packers) the greatest organization of that league.

  76. ejmat2 says: Dec 29, 2015 4:24 PM

    Teddy BustH20 Movin’ On Up from #35 to #29 Passer Rating Woohoooo! says:
    Dec 29, 2015 2:44 PM

    The Packers played Seattle when the Packers were playing excellent football and Seattle was struggling.
    ————-
    And the Packers beat down the Vikings at home when the Packers were struggling and the Vikings were red hot. So?
    ——————————————–
    Thank you for proving my exact point. Since I have to spell it out to you it doesn’t matter who beat who in previous weeks and who played well or worse in previous weeks. If you would have copied my entire post instead of selecting a portion of it people would see my point is the comparisons mean nothing. But thank you for backing me without actually intending to.

  77. ejmat2 says: Dec 29, 2015 4:33 PM

    wafflestomp says:
    Dec 29, 2015 2:52 PM

    Kudos to Greenway for admitting the obvious.
    Now if he would just come out and admit that the entire locker room hates Adrian Peterson because he’s an arrogant, selfish player with bad parenting skills.
    —————————————-
    And you know this how? Are you in the locker room?

  78. lambeaudungbarn says: Dec 29, 2015 4:43 PM

    The majority of the Current Vikings team doesn’t know or CARE about the Packers Rivalry or history.
    What happened in November? The young Vikings players got full of themselves and what the press was saying about them.
    They expected the Packers to roll over….They didn’t.
    The same thing happened the first game of the season with the 49ers.
    If you haven’t realized it, the Vikings are playing much better football than they were in November 22.
    And in 2012 The Vikings would have beeten them if they weren’t playing their 3rd String QB due to injury
    that playoff game! The last win was at Green Bay,
    The next win will be there this weekend!
    And I thought the Vikings played Washington if they lost.. Which is the correct story, cause PFT has told them both!

  79. gtodriver says: Dec 29, 2015 5:01 PM

    stellarperformance says:

    How many times, exactly, do I have to say it? I’ve been saying it for weeks.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You say a lot of things, but rarely make any sense.

    Your line that you say the most is that the “Packers own the Vikings”.

    Which makes no sense. Just because you’ve had a short run of good performance against a team, doesn’t mean you “own” them.

    And that so called “ownership” can be fleeting – i.e. the Packers “ownership” of the Lions at Lambeau.

    The Vikings have had a few “streaks” that have ended this year.

    It had been 7 years since we beat Chicago in Chicago. We won this year.

    It had been a very long drought since we won a nationally televised night game. We blew the Giants out on national TV Sunday night.

    Even your current “ownership” of the Vikings has been relatively recently usurped – ironically in a week 17 game that had significant playoff implications for both teams.

    I remember that game distinctly. As a long time season ticket holder, I was at the game.

    The Packers were favored and as is the norm – Packer fans were considering it a “bye” week.

    Funny thing happened during the “bye” week – Christian Ponder defeated the Packers and the Packers lost the opportunity to have a first round bye in the playoffs and had to go on the road (where they were blown out by the 49ers).

    Once again it is obvious that the vast majority of the Packer fans are quick to claim that the Vikings have no chance this Sunday.

    I’m not guaranteeing a win for the Vikings – but I am saying that you and the majority of the green and gold faithful are probably more worried than you are willing to admit that the Vikings will return the NFC North/Central Division title to MN.

    You know, the state where it has been more often than any other.

    Using your logic, the Vikings “OWN” the Division….😀

  80. speicher145 says: Dec 29, 2015 5:03 PM

    I wonder if the officials will be wearing Packers Jersey’s or if the Packers will be wearing the officials jersey’s? They will probably wait, till the rematch in the playoffs, to sport them on the field. Don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.
    ____________________________________
    Making excuses already? Must not have much faith in your team.

  81. h0metownzero says: Dec 29, 2015 5:10 PM

    Greenway is right.

    The Vikings and their fans shouldn’t act so intimidated by us, just because were better. Were not gods – even though it might seem that way.

  82. gtodriver says: Dec 29, 2015 5:12 PM

    tritz32 says:

    I’m already laughing at how butt hurt all these Vikings fans will be Sunday night. This is shaping up just like the last game. Vikings fans over confident, get beat down and disappear to Mom’s basement….
    *****************************************

    That sounds quite reminiscent of the last time our two teams met in week 17 (except you have the teams backwards).

    Packer fans were the one’s that were butt hurt after proclaiming that the week 17 game was just a tune up for the playoffs – because they were going to have a week off and then start the playoffs at home in the divisional round on their way to the Super Bowl.

    But the vaunted Packers lost to Christian Ponder, the Pack had to travel to San Francisco in the divisional round where Colin Kaepernick dismantled them and the Packer fans were the one’s that returned to their mother’s basement.

  83. filthymcnasty3 says: Dec 29, 2015 5:12 PM

    I’m sure that the entire Viking fan base is relieved to finally get this off their collective chests.

    You are intimidated by us. And that’s ok.

  84. gtodriver says: Dec 29, 2015 5:32 PM

    filthymcnasty3 says:

    I think it’s perfectly natural for Viking players and their fans to be intimidated by the greatest sports franchise in the history of mankind.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Only a delusional Packer fan could even try to make that kind of statement.

    First of all – no NFL team can come close to making that claim – least of all the Packers.

    You’ve had a short run of success in the NFC North/Central division. A measly 4 Divisional Titles in a row.

    The Bears won the division in 2010, the Vikings won it in 2008 and 2009.

    FWIW – the Bears have more consecutive NFC North/Central Championships than the Packers – and the Bears have only won 10 of the 45 Titles.

    The Vikings had 4 Divisional Titles in a row back in 1971. They didn’t win it in 1972, but then won the next 6 in a row.

    Since the NFL instituted divisional play, the Vikings are the one’s that have been intimidating the other teams in the division the bulk of the time – winning 18 of the 45 Divisional Titles.

    And as far as making the playoffs go, the Vikings dominate that category too – with 28 playoff appearances in the bank already. This year makes 29.

  85. contra74 says: Dec 29, 2015 5:32 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:38 PM
    housemusic1200 says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:26 PM
    Hey stellar, why is it so hard for you to admit that your team just isn’t as good as years past?
    ////////////////////////////////////

    How many times, exactly, do I have to say it? I’ve been saying it for weeks.

    —-
    You and everyone else knows it’s a rivalry.

    Try as hard as they do, Packer fans disagree (bless their little hearts)

    Based on their level of comments on all things Vikings it’s obvious they try so hard to bring us down to their level.

  86. beer4guy says: Dec 29, 2015 5:42 PM

    I just hope Zimmer learned from their last meeting that the Vikes don’t have enough speed on the D-line to keep Rodgers in the pocket. Take a page from the Cardinals game plan and blitz the crap out of him. None of the Packers WRs scare anyone, so single up on them and defend the screens. Once Rodgers starts feeling a little pressure and knows he can’t escape, he’ll start looking at the rush and just start heaving up deep balls hoping for a PI. Throw every blitz at him we have.

  87. conormacleodisloosebutthole says: Dec 29, 2015 5:52 PM

    Neither team is a real contender this year. I would put my money on Green Bay in a head to head match-up.

  88. lindacaseauthor says: Dec 29, 2015 6:05 PM

    HGH Will Make Your Fore Head HUGE!!!!!! says:
    Dec 29, 2015 12:22 PM
    Interesting dilemma has been created. The GB/Minny game is played on SNF. The Sea/Zona game is played at 4. The result of the Sea/Zona game will dictate the playoff scenarios for the SNF game.

    Lets say Arizona defeats Seattle. That will mean the winner of SNF gets to host the Seahawks, and the loser gets to travel to Washington. Any chance both teams try to not win the division just so they can get the Skins instead of the Hawks???
    —————-
    I think that’s sick. I can’t speak for the Packers, but the way Zimmerman and the Vikes talk they WANT the NFCN. To purposely take the easy way out to get an opponent you can probably beat just so you can advance in the playoffs says to me the team doesn’t really want to compete, they and their fans just want bragging rights. The reality is that eventually the team will have to face the music and play Seattle or a team as hot as Seattle. Might as well get it out of the way, Game One.

  89. stellarperformance says: Dec 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    Why bring me into this? I have always said the Vikings were a bigger rival than the Bears, at least to me.

    A bigger puzzle is the comment “bring you down to our level?” That’s kind of snooty, isn’t it? I mean, Viking fans have always had an unwarranted superiority complex, but you’re not above anybody.

    Nice try.

  90. vegasgreek says: Dec 29, 2015 6:42 PM

    the packers will be out for blood sunday night at home . this game will be a massacre worse than the 30-13 blowout. teddy bridgewater knows he is a going to get pummeled big time . i just hope the seahawks beat arizona so the packers get to bury the vikings two weeks in a row at lambeau field. then shut up the loser queens trolls for good. there is no way in hell aaron rodgers gives up the nfc north title and a home playoff game to the poser queens. book it.

  91. jbuckland0421 says: Dec 29, 2015 8:06 PM

    Coming from a Vikings fan, this game and the packers season in general would be 100% different with jordy nelson. I would LOVE to see the Vikings dismantle the pack at lambeau but at the same time if Seattle loses it wouldn’t be the worst thing to be playing the redskins rather than the Seahawks.

  92. powersnatch0102 says: Dec 30, 2015 12:36 AM

    Will the packers beat the Vikings worse than they got beat last week? That was a massacre. Keep talking though.

  93. zygizag says: Dec 30, 2015 12:40 AM

    Way to reach back into a month old musing of a player to try to create news.

    Month old reports would look different from KC, Denver, Washington, Green Bay and Houston too.

  94. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 30, 2015 6:52 AM

    I think the Vikings will finally get over the edge and bury the packers at lambeau in a close game thanks to the refs, green bay will go onto washington and fail to the redskins and get blown out while minnesota slams russell wilson and his fancy little hairstyle into the frozen tundra at tcf bank stadium.

  95. fmc651 says: Dec 30, 2015 8:56 AM

    In the 10 years that Greenway has played the Vikings have played in the playoff 4 times. Not as much as they would hope for but not as bad as packer fans would lead you to believe. The Vikings have had some horrible coaches and QB’s in that time sealing their fate.

  96. filthymcnasty3 says: Dec 30, 2015 9:32 AM

    Chad Greenway is right.

    Lil Teddy Bridgewater is so intimidated by the Packers and Lambeau Field that he ducked the game there last year.

    And you don’t have to take my word for it that he’s a coward. Just ask Bruce Irvin!

  97. vikingforlife says: Dec 30, 2015 11:00 AM

    Wow, Coward? That is a bold statement. I see a man who keeps fighting through every game, who DOES NOT point at every hit he takes looking for a call (like some qbs: AR, JC). He gets up and learns from each game and gets BETTER!!!! I am so happy to have him as our QB. I do not know him personally, but he really seems like a stand-up, likable guy. Coward, ABSOLUTELY NOT, and you should be ashamed for saying something like that! Your AR looked pretty shook up against AZ on Sunday, but I would never call him a coward!

  98. jbuckland0421 says: Dec 30, 2015 12:58 PM

    When it comes down to it Aaron Rogers is the best QB in the game. Greenway is showing respect towards that. I’d love to see the vikes come in and blow out the pack but Aaron Rogers makes anything possibly and if you show me anyone saying they wouldn’t LOVE to have Rogers on their team I’ll show you a liar

  99. filthymcnasty3 says: Dec 30, 2015 2:07 PM

    I really appreciate Chad trolling the Viking fans like this.

  100. fmc651 says: Dec 30, 2015 10:19 PM

    Vikings’s defense ranks sixth in scoring (19.3), ninth against the pass (232.3), eighth in third downs (36.1 percent) and fourth in the red zone (46.2 percent). Meanwhile, the Packers’ offense has struggled more this season than at any other point in McCarthy’s 10 seasons as coach.
    The Packers rank uncharacteristically low in scoring (13th), passing (26th), third-down offense (27th) and red-zone offense (16th). Rodgers has the worst passer rating (93.7) of his career as a starter.
    This should be a decent game because it is a divisional game.

  101. purplepackerhater says: Dec 31, 2015 4:10 PM

    Vikes win by 20. Teddy’s figured things out, Zimmer will study Arizona’s scheme and improve upon it.

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