NFL Sunday Week 8: Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Prediction and Analysis

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October 31, 2020 7:10 pm

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.

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Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers aiming to improve on 5-1 record

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.

Kirk Cousins under pressure as Minnesota Vikings hunt for a much-needed win

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.

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NFL Preview: Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings Injury Updates

Green Bay – Out

RB Aaron Jones – Calf

CB Kevin King – Quadricep

Questionable

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

Minnesota – Out

CB Holton Hill – Foot

CB Mike Hughes – Neck

Questionable

RB Dalvin Cook – Groin

WR Dan Chisena – Hip

Packers vs Vikings Prediction

Green Bay Packers 34 – 25 Minnesota Vikings

Sep 20, 2020; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) talks with head coach Matt LaFleur during the third quarter of the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL journalist for EssentiallySports who is an admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady. He believes the latter has one more Super Bowl left in him before he bows out for good. Daniel bills Patrick Mahomes as one of the best up-and-coming quarterbacks in the league.

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