Vikings at Green Bay
7:30 p.m. Sunday
TV: Ch. 11
Radio: 100.3-FM, 1130-AM
About the Packers (10-5)
• Green Bay is coming off its worst loss of the season, 38-8 on the road at Arizona. The Packers started the season 6-0, but since their Week 7 bye, they’re 4-5 — including a victory against the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium.
• Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sacked eight times and hit 12 times by the Cardinals defense last Sunday. Rodgers fumbled three times, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and threw one interception. He was held to only 15 completions for 151 yards, his second-lowest output of the season.
• The Packers rank 26th in the NFL in passing (215.3 yards per game) and 24th in overall offense (333.5). They are tied for 28th in passing net yards per play (6.7).
• Green Bay’s offensive line is banged up. Left tackle David Bakhtiari sat out last Sunday and right tackle Bryan Bulaga left the game because of an ankle injury. Without this pair, it could be another long night for Rodgers.
Player speak WR Randall Cobb
• Cobb signed a four-year, $40 million contract during the offseason. He has been targeted 121 times through 16 weeks, but has only 73 receptions for 792 yards (10.8 yards per catch) and six touchdowns.
• On defending four consecutive NFC North titles: ”The biggest thing is we want to get this win because we want a home game as far as the playoffs. We haven’t really talked about NFC North champions. Our goals are set so much higher. But that is one of the goals that we try to mark off the list every year.”
• On the need for better pass protection to get the offense going: “We’re focusing on that. We’re making sure we get everything corrected and we’re ready to go for this Sunday and find a way for Aaron to have protection and for us to get open downfield and make plays.”
Coach speak Mike McCarthy
• McCarthy has led the Packers to what will be a seventh consecutive postseason appearance. Green Bay and New England are the only teams to achieve this feat over the past seven seasons.
• On learning from the lopsided loss to Arizona: “Any time you go through adversity, you have a chance to refocus and reboot yourself, but at the end of the day this is about the Packers playing the Vikings; this is a division game and that’s what we’re locked into. … These are the games you look forward to. These are the games you grow up wanting to play in”
• On Rodgers’ ability to extend plays, even without good protection: “His in-pocket awareness and his ability to transition to the out-of-pocket phase of the passing game is obviously unique.”