Another week, another quarterback change. Welcome back, Christian Ponder. Josh Freeman’s concussion opened the door for Ponder to return to his role as the starter for at least one game. The Packers, on the other hand, have Aaron Rodgers and have won three consecutive games to sit atop the NFC North at 4-2. As the teams prepare for their Sunday night border battle, here are three things you should know:
1. Breaking News: Rodgers is really good. Well, he’s even better than usual when facing the Vikings.
In 10 career regular-season starts against the Vikings, Rodgers has completed 232 of 328 passes (70.7 percent) for 2,840 yards and 24 touchdowns with only four interceptions.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, Rodgers’ 116.4 passer rating against the Vikings ranks No. 1 in NFL history (since the 1970 merger) against a single opponent with a minimum 250 attempts.
Vikings cornerback Chris Cook called Rodgers the best quarterback he’s ever faced.
“He gets the ball out of his hands fast,” Cook said. “He has one of the quickest releases I’ve ever seen. He’s just accurate. He puts the ball in spots that only the receiver can catch the ball. Every throw I’ve seen him throw is right on point.”
By the way, in his past six Sunday night starts, Rodgers has passed for 1,698 yards and 17 touchdowns with only one interception.
2. Jared Allen has collected the second-most sacks (17) of any player against the Packers in league history, behind only Steve McMichael (18). Allen set a career high in sacks with 4 ½ against Green Bay in a Monday night matchup in 2009.
Allen had some pretty good one-on-one battles with Packers left tackle Chad Clifton over the years. On Sunday, he faces his first matchup against David Bakhtiari, the first Packers rookie to start at left tackle in the season opener since 1985.
Allen leads the Vikings in sacks (4.0) and quarterback hurries (15).
“Everyone’s got a blindside rusher that’s going to try and get after the quarterback,” Bakhtiari told Packers.com. “That’s what they get paid the big bucks to do. No weeks off, and I’ll step up.”
3. The Vikings ranked among the league leaders in takeaways the first few weeks of the season because they did a good job of capitalizing on their chances.
That hasn’t been the case the past two games. Jamarca Sanford dropped a sure interception on Carolina first’s drive two weeks ago. And Andrew Sendejo and Marcus Sherels dropped potential interceptions against the Giants on Monday night.
|Toronto||26||2nd Qtr 11:12|
|Golden State||6:30 PM|
|LA Clippers||7:00 PM|
|New Orleans||7:30 PM|
|Nashville||0||1st Prd 3:16|
|Virginia||14||1st Half 2:57|
|Baylor||26||1st Half 2:59|
|SE Louisiana||2||1st Half 19:23|
|Central Arkansas||6:30 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|Norfolk State||6:55 PM|
|Incarnate Word||7:00 PM|
|Stephen F Austin|
|Texas Southern||7:30 PM|
|Prairie View||7:30 PM|
|NC Central||7:30 PM|
|Jackson State||8:00 PM|
|Grambling St||8:00 PM|
|Miss Valley St|
|Boston College||8:00 PM|
|NC Central||45||2nd Half 7:13|
|Texas Southern||50||2nd Half 16:16|
|Prairie View||17||2nd Half 18:52|
|Jackson State||34||2nd Half|
|Grambling||24||2nd Half 20:00|
|Miss Valley St||36|
|Tulsa||29||1st Half 0:27|
|(1) Connecticut||46||1st Half 3:20|
|UCF||32||1st Half 1:55|
|Central Conn St||15||1st Half 4:59|
|Wagner||21||1st Half 3:55|
|Sacred Heart||39||2nd Half|
|St Francis-NY||34||2nd Half|
|Mount St Marys||37||1st Half 5:38|
|Texas Tech||7:00 PM|
|Iowa State||7:00 PM|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
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