Green Bay faces a must-win game in a nationally-televised contest. Aaron Rodgers is determined to get his team into the playoffs despite a disappointing performance so far. We’d never bet against one of the most clutch quarterbacks in history.
Of course, we said all that last week before the Packers coach, Mike McCarthy, added to the list of criticisms and head-scratches registered against him this season by punting the ball away late in a close game instead of letting Rodgers have a Rodgers-like moment.
It’s almost as if McCarthy knows this is his last season and is trying to torment Rodgers as much as possible on his way out of town.
That’s silly, of course. But we’re not the only ones wondering what McCarthy is thinking week to week. Whether it is game decisions like the punt that ended any chance of a Packers victory or his early season insistence on using a three-man running back rotation despite having a true workhorse (and superior) runner among the trio.
Meanwhile, Mike Zimmer and the Vikings couldn’t take first place in the division away from the upstart Bears. Chicago’s defense gave Kirk Cousins fits and held Adam Thielen to his lowest yardage total of the season.
But at least his decisions won’t be blamed for stealing a defeat from victory.
Injuries and notes:
Green Bay will again go into a game with a battered defense, especially the secondary. Two safeties and two corners join a linebacker and lineman as questionable on the injury report.
Tight end Jimmy Graham broke his thumb during last week’s game and is questionable, while Randall Cobb’s hamstring again has him on the injury list.
Minnesota safety Andrew Sendejo could miss the game with a groin injury. Linebacker Anthony Barr is also questionable with a hamstring injury.
Mike Zimmer came away impressed with the Bears’ effort and game plan, knowing he will have to figure out a way to slow them down if his Vikings are to make it to the Super Bowl. Knowing your job is secure lets you accept losses a little more graciously than if your job is on the line.
Mike McCarthy was somewhat more rebellious in his response to questions about the punt decision. He insisted he trusted his defense to make a stop, even though they didn’t make many stops throughout the second half.
If nothing else, his decision to take the ball out of Rodgers’ hands did nothing to improve what is an openly contentious relationship between the star quarterback and his longtime coach. Judging from Twitter and talk radio callers, fans are firmly on the side of their quarterback.
How to watch the Vikings-Packers game
NBC Sports will broadcast this Sunday Night Football matchup across the nation. For many internet television aficionados, that means watching the live stream feed via Fubo TV, Sling, or DirecTV Now.
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So, there’s no reason not to give them a try. Go to their websites today and see why you should cut the cord with your cable or satellite provider.
Who will win the Packers-Vikings matchup?
Aaron Rodgers is in a must-win situation, but Minnesota is his kryptonite. His record in the Great White North is unimpressive, to say the least. Plus, Kirk Gibson is in an almost-must-win scenario, too, with a slew of receivers anxious to show last week’s game was a fluke.