Saturday: Noon at Lambeau Field (Ch. 9, 100.3-FM, 1130-AM)
ABOUT THE PACKERS
• The Packers (8-6) squeaked past the Bears 30-27 at Soldier Field on Sunday, thanks to a 32-yard, game-winning field goal by Mason Crosby as time expired.
• QB Aaron Rodgers delivered a 60-yard strike to WR Jordy Nelson in the final minute to set up the game-winner.
• Green Bay, winner of four consecutive, will win the NFC North if it defeats the Vikings on Saturday and Detroit on Jan. 1.
• The Packers defense is dealing with injuries to key players, including LB Clay Matthews (shoulder) and LB Nick Perry (hand).
• Both Green Bay (16) and second-year safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (5) rank second in the NFL in interceptions.
PLAYER SPEAK | WR JORDY NELSON
• A year after Nelson tore an ACL, his 12 touchdown catches lead all NFL receivers. He ranks eighth in the league with 1,037 receiving yards.
• Nelson caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings’ 17-14 victory over the Packers in Week 2.
• On facing Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes, who missed the Week 2 matchup: “Those are the games you look forward to, going against some of the better guys in the league. I’ve got a lot of respect for the way he plays.”
• On the 60-yard reception to set up the winning field goal in Chicago: “I was happy to get down there, catch it, secure it and let Mason do what he does.”
COACH SPEAK | MIKE MCCARTHY
• McCarthy is in his 11th season as Packers head coach, with a 112-61-1 regular-season record and 8-7 mark in the playoffs.
• Green Bay ranks as a top-10 NFL offense for the eighth time under McCarthy.
• On the four-game winning streak: “Number one is just taking care of the football and generating takeaways. We’re plus-10 just in the last two weeks, something we hadn’t been very good at all year.”
• On Adrian Peterson’s return to the Vikings: “We have a lot of history with Adrian and have great respect for him and that respect won’t change.”