Pregame warmup: Coldest game of the season to date

Posted by Mike Spofford on November 22, 2015 – 2:16 pm

MINNEAPOLIS — Temperatures are in the low 30s with wind chills in the mid-to-low 20s today in downtown Minneapolis, making this the coldest game for the Packers in the 2015 season, so far.

It’s partly sunny at TCF Bank Stadium, and it’s expected to remain that way from the 3:25 p.m. CT kickoff through the end of the game. Winds are between 10-15 mph. Temps and wind chills are expected to remain steady throughout the game with virtually no chance of precipitation.

After today, three of Green Bay’s remaining six games will likely be this cold or colder. The Packers have home games vs. Chicago (on Thanksgiving night), vs. Dallas (Dec. 13) and vs. Minnesota (Jan. 3). Green Bay’s other games are in Detroit (dome), and at Oakland and Arizona.

Lots at stake: Trailing the Vikings (7-2) by one game, the Packers (6-3) can either tie them for first place in the NFC North, or they will fall two games behind Minnesota with six games to play. The Packers and Vikings will meet again at Lambeau Field in Week 17.

The Packers have won four straight NFC North titles. The Vikings’ last division crown came in 2009.

Short at receiver: The biggest injury news for the Packers today is they’ll be a bit short-handed at wide receiver, with both Ty Montgomery (ankle) and Jared Abbrederis (chest/ribs) out due to injuries. That leaves Green Bay with Randall Cobb, Davante Adams, James Jones and Jeff Janis as the only wideouts.

In the defensive backfield, the Packers are as healthy as they’ve been for a few weeks, with rookie CB Damarious Randall active despite a hamstring injury that landed him on the injury report on Saturday. The only member of the secondary inactive for the Packers today is undrafted rookie CB LaDarius Gunter.

Schedule shift: After today, the Packers will play back-to-back Thursday night games to wrap up a stretch of four consecutive division games. After the Thanksgiving night matchup with Chicago, the Packers will travel to Detroit for a rematch against the Lions on Thursday, Dec. 3. The last time the Packers played consecutive weeks on Thursday night was in 2007.

TV map: Here is the FOX TV map for the late afternoon game window, courtesy of 506sports.com.

 


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