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The Green Bay Packers will face off against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday with the Packers vowing to bounce back following their embarrassing defeat against the New York Giants last week. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream via the link below.
Everyone had expected the Packers to run away with the NFC North this season, however, things don't always go as planned. Coming into this match up the Packers will be disappointed having suffered a fourth loss this season already after last week's debacle. The 7-4 Packers are trailing the Chicago Bears who are 8-3 coming into Week 13.
The Vikings are another team who have not given the pundits what they had expected of them. Most would have predicted pre-season that the Vikings would be the rock bottom team in the tough NFC North. However, this Vikings team has other plans and come into this game above .500 and just a game away from the Packers, and just two away from the top spot in the division.
Adrian Peterson has been a one man wrecking machine for Minnesota this season; carrying 213 times for a massive 1236 yards and seven touchdowns. He is recording 5.8 yards per carry on average.
One of the core tactics the Packers must have today is to stop Peterson. If they can halt his rush yards they will have taken one leg away from the Vikings' offense.
Minnesota have refused to go quietly into the night and are sticking around for as long as they can. They will look at this all-NFC North match up and see it as a perfect opportunity to turn heads and continue their drive for a playoff spot. A win today would draw them level with the Packers on 7-5 and throw the division into disarray.
However, some pundits are suggesting that the Vikings couldn't have drawn a fixture against the Packers at a worst time. Coming out of a hugely embarrassing defeat last week the Packers will be 100 percent focused on bouncing back with a big win to silence their critics.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had a shocker against the Giants, and has vowed to figure things out for this week. With 28 touchdowns and 2838 yards thrown so far this season, Rodgers is not someone to mess around with, and if he keeps good to his word then any dreams the Vikings had of making a playoff push could be put into perspective today. The Vikings have a tough run in, and if they drop back to .500 they may well have to win just about every one of their remaining games to guarantee themselves a spot in the postseason calendar.
Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings will take place at1 p.m. from Lambeau Field and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.