A portion of the Green Bay Packers’ 2020 NFL season has been smooth sailing. With Aaron Rodgers as their captain, the Packers ship is on its way to the playoffs once again. After a minor setback in Week Six against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Packers bounced back with a win against Houston Texans last weekend.
Meanwhile, NFC North rivals Minnesota Vikings find themselves in troubled waters. Coach Mike Zimmer and quarterback Kirk Cousins will be under pressure to help the Vikings get back to winning ways. They have just one win from six games this year and sit bottom of the NFC North division table behind the Detroit Lions.
Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week 8 game day predictions.
34-43 in favor of the Green Bay Packers, was the scoreline back when these two teams met earlier this season. Coach Matt LaFleur will hope that his players can replicate the same performance at Lambeau Field. The Packers are 5-1 at this stage of the season with Aaron Rodgers in inspired form.
His inexperienced supporting cast of Jamaal Williams and Malik Taylor will look to gain some experience playing alongside a legend like Rodgers. TE Robert Tonyan Jr. could be used by Rodgers, as was the case against the Texans last week. The Packers are sweating on the fitness of OT David Bakhtiari and S Darnell Savage. LaFleur will have to make a matchday call on the inclusion of these two Packers stars.
Without a doubt, Minnesota Vikings start Week 8 as the underdogs. They’ve simply not found their consistency in 2020. Kirk Cousins’ display thus far has been forgettable at best. He will definitely be playing with his back to the wall against NFC North rivals, Green Bay Packers, on Sunday.
The Vikings have just one win from six games. Cousins has six interceptions already. The Vikings wide receiver corps including Adam Thielen and rookie Justin Jefferson have done well so far. They will cause the Green Bay defense all sorts of problems tomorrow night.
RB Aaron Jones – Calf
CB Kevin King – Quadricep
T David Bakhtiari – Chest
K Mason Crosby – Left calf/Back
RB Tyler Ervin – Wrist
S Raven Greene – Oblique
DL Tyler Lancaster – Shoulder
TE John Lovett – Knee
S Darnell Savage – Quadricep
CB Holton Hill – Foot
CB Mike Hughes – Neck
RB Dalvin Cook – Groin
WR Dan Chisena – Hip
Mike Zimmer’s Minnesota Vikings are coming off their bye week as a rejuvenated team eager to put their struggles behind. However, one must remember that the Lambeau Field (even without the fans) is not an easy arena to play in. Aaron Rodgers is arguably a top-three contender for the NFL MVP award this season.
He will not be keen to give up the Packers’ fortress without putting up a fight. On the other hand, Kirk Cousins is probably fighting for his long-term future with the Vikings. This NFC North derby has all the sauce you need for some good Sunday football. Make sure you don’t miss it.