About the Packers (6-3)
• Green Bay is 9-1-1 against the Vikings in the past 11 meetings, including 4-1 in Minnesota.
• The Packers, who lost 18-16 to the Lions on Sunday, are in a stretch during which they play four NFC North opponents in 19 days. They play host to Chicago on Thanksgiving night, then are at Detroit the following Thursday night.
• RB Eddie Lacy, right, has been injured and ineffective (83 carries, 308 yards) and surpassed by James Starks (93, 376). They are expected to alternate Sunday.
• With top WR Jordy Nelson out for the season (right knee surgery), Randall Cobb (45 catches) is the team’s leading receiver.
• S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix had 12 tackles and an interception against Detroit. DE Julius Peppers, 35, leads the team with 5.5 sacks. LB Clay Matthews has 4.5.
Player speak QB AARON RODGERS
• Rodgers is 10-4 against the Vikings as a starter. He has a .711 completion percentage, 32 TD passes, 3,764 yards, four interceptions and a passer rating of 117.9 — the highest rating of any QB against the Vikings in history.
• Since the start of the 2014 season, Rodgers has 59 touchdown passes and only eight interceptions.
• On his team’s struggling offense: “We’ve got to sustain drives better. [The Vikings have] one of the best backs of all-time running really well, so we’re going to have to score some points. [We’ve] got to find a way to be more efficient on offense, and got to score touchdowns in the red zone when you have the opportunity.”
Coach Speak Mike McCarthy
• McCarthy (107-58-1 in his 10th season) is 13-4-1 against the Vikings. The Packers have made the playoffs six consecutive seasons.
• On Adrian Peterson: He’s playing at a very high level. He has the ability to still carry the ball unlimited times in a game and has that ability to pound away and pound away and hit the long run.”
• On “leaving big plays on the field” against Detroit: “We had some plays where we were separating or dropped the football … we had some sack opportunities, we had good pressure but we didn’t convert. We had a number of plays we needed to do a better job.”
• On Lacy and Starks: “Their run styles are different, and I think that’s a good challenge for a defense.”