Pregame warmup: Will Packers come home in first place all alone?

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 23, 2014 – 11:01 am

MINNEAPOLIS — The Packers have a chance to end the day in first place all alone in the NFC North for the first time this season.

While the Packers (7-3) will be playing the Vikings (4-6), the Detroit Lions, who are tied for first with Green Bay, will be in Foxboro, Mass., taking on the New England Patriots.

A Packers win and a Lions loss would move Green Bay into first by itself, a post the Packers haven’t held since QB Aaron Rodgers’ fourth-down, game-winning TD pass in Week 17 at Chicago last year.

The Lions currently hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Packers by virtue of their Week 3 victory in Detroit, and the two teams meet again in Week 17. In order for the Packers to win the NFC North without having to beat the Lions in Week 17, Green Bay will have to be two games ahead in the standings heading into that game.

Injury update: The Packers will be without LB Nick Perry (shoulder) today, which will mean some changes to the defensive rotations. Mike Neal will likely get more snaps at outside linebacker, while Clay Matthews also could play more outside rather than inside with Perry sidelined.

On the Vikings’ side, DT Sharrif Floyd is out with a knee injury, which could be a significant absence for Minnesota’s front four. Also, RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is out, meaning newcomer Ben Tate — signed just this past week — could see some action as Jerick McKinnon’s backup.

Weather: Temperatures in Minneapolis are in the low 40s with light winds. It’s expected to be foggy early in the game, turning to cloudy later, but the chances of rain predicted earlier in the week for this game appear to have diminished.

Outdoor football: For the first time since 1981, the Packers and Vikings are playing a game on Minnesota soil outside. TCF Bank Stadium is the temporary home for the Vikings while they wait for their new stadium to be built on the former site of the Metrodome.

For a short trip down memory lane in the Packers-Vikings rivalry, check out this week’s “One Last Look.”

TV map: Here’s a look at the FOX TV map for the noon CT kickoffs.

Map courtesy of 506sports.com

 

 


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